Each Sharper Halo double book launch online

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Poet Maria Sledmere.
Poet Maria Sledmere.

29 January 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

Join poets Kyle Lovell and Maria Sledmere as they co-launch their new pamphlets, alongside readings from four guest readers, including Nell Osborne of Manchester’s very own premier avant reading series No Matter and contributor to Manchester Review of Books.

Kyle Lovell and Maria Sledmere will also be joined by Mau Baiocco, Kirsty Dunlop, Nell Osborne and Fred Spoliar, so this is a great chance to hear voices from all around the UK.

This free evening in on Zoom is called Each Sharper Halo as a cut-n-shut of the two pamphlet names, Each Sharper Complication and neutral milky halo respectively. You are invited to “step into a dream of hazy afternoons, ghostly affection, and the value-form of hydrangeas”, as Kyle introduces their debut pamphlet, published by Broken Sleep Books’ Legitimate Snack imprint of handmade limited editions, and Maria reads from her new Guillemot Press book.

Based in Birmingham, Kyle Lovell is the editor of Fathomsun Press. They were named a Foyle Young Poet in 2014, and their poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Magma, Blackbox Manifold, woe eroa and the Pamenar Press online magazine, where you can hear a reading of their work From Church Farm. Details we like of Each Sharper Complication include the paper weights and the font names, such as Arno Pro for the inner text pages.

Maria Sledmere is editor-in-chief at SPAM Press and a member of A+E Collective, and recent publications include Chlorophyllia (OrangeApple Press) and infra•structure (Broken Sleep), a collaborative work shaped over a year of correspondence with Katy Lewis Hood. With Rhian Williams, she co-edited the anthology the weird folds: everyday poems from the anthropocene, just out with Manchester-based indie publisher Dostoyevsky Wannabe, organisers of the popular indie book fair at the Burgess Foundation. An occasional music journalist, Maria is currently finishing a DFA in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Kyle Lovell and Maria Sledmere will also be joined by Mau Baiocco, Kirsty Dunlop, Nell Osborne and Fred Spoliar, so this is a great chance to hear voices from all around the UK. Mau Baiocco is a poet and occasional essayist and translator, ordinarily living in Leeds but now exiled to southwest London. Glasgow-based Kirsty Dunlop writes poems, short stories, electronic literature and collaborative work. Like Maria, she is a DFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and is the poetry and nonfiction editor at SPAM Press. As well as co-running the No Matter experimental reading and commission series usually found in The Castle, Nell Osborne co-edits the zine Academics Against Networking and her work can be found in places such as Bath Magg. Fred Spoliar is an education worker in London, with recent poems in -algia, amberflora, Pigs Zine, Tentacular and Erotoplasty, and a debut pamphlet out later this year.

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