Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

SJ Fowler is a writer and artist who works in poetry, fiction, theatre, film, photography, visual art, sound art and performance. He has published seven collections of poetry, three of artworks, four of collaborative poetry plus volumes of selected essays and selected collaborations. He has been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, the London Sinfonietta, Wellcome Collection and Liverpool Biennial. He has been sent to Peru, Bangladesh, Iraq, Argentina, Georgia and other destinations by The British Council and has performed at festivals including Hay on Wye, Cervantino in Mexico, Berlin Literature Festival and Hay Xalapa. He was nominated for the White Review prize for Fiction in 2014 and has won awards from Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Ireland and multiple other funding bodies. His plays have been produced at Rich Mix, where he is associate artist, and his visual art has been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, V&A, Hardy Tree Gallery and Mile End Art Pavilion. He’s been translated into 27 languages and produced collaborations with over 90 artists. He is the founder and curator of The Enemies Project and Poem Brut as well as editor at 3am magazine and executive editor at The Versopolis Review. He is lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern, Poetry School and Photographer's Gallery. He is the director of Writers' Centre Kingston and European Poetry Festival.

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Poetry Collections

Art books

Commissions include new art, installation, performances for Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Wellcome Collection, Tate Britain, The London Sinfonietta, Liverpool Biennial, Whitechapel Gallery, Southbank Centre, Somerset House, Totally Thames Festival, Electronic Voice Phenomena, UNESCO, British Council, Rich Mix, Garden Museum, London Book Fair, Kettle's Yard, Highlight Arts.

Director of Writers' Centre Kingston, Kingston University's literary cultural centre

Solo Exhibitions:  

  • Mahu : Hardy Tree Gallery Kings Cross : 2015 : London, UK

  • Hard to Read : Rich Mix Arts Centre Gallery : 2017 : London, UK

Collaborative / Group Exhibitions include:

Fiction Nominated for The White Review Short Story Prize (2014). Published Worm Wood Old Oak, a short story pamphlet with Sampson Low and published short stories in journals and anthologies including Liberating The Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature

Theatre: Mayakovsky, a play commissioned as part of Revolution 17 season by Dash Arts, ran at Rich Mix Theatre in June 2017Dagestan, debut play, produced to scratch by Penned in the Margins, supported by Arts Council England,  (2015)


Editorial / Journalism:

Past residencies

International Readings / Performances include:

Translations include poems and text into:

  • Dutch by Tsead Bruinja, Welsh by Eurig Salisbury, Georgian by Davit Gabunia, German by Mathias Traxler, Konstantin Ames, Romanian by Ramona Hărșan, Ioana Ieronim French by Elizabeth Brunazzi, Spanish by Mario Dominguez Parra, Amanda de la Garza, Maria Monserrath Perez Caballo Slovenian by Igor Divjak, Serbian by Ana Pejovic, Stevan Bradic, Mandarin Chinese by Zhao Si, Portuguese by Ricardo Marques, Slovakian by Silvia Ruppeldtová, Arabic by Ahmad Abdel Hussein, Maryam Alatar, Ali Wajeh, Lauren Pyott, Kurdish by Zhawen Shally, Hoshang Waziri, Bulgarian by Angel Igov.


Conferences & Symposia include:

  • Goldsmiths College, Graduate Conference: Found Text in contemporary poetry (2016)

  • Forumstadt Park, Graz, Austria: Politics and poetry (2016)

  • Salzburg Global: Neuroscience and Creativity (2015)

  • Humboldt University, School of Mind and Brain, Berlin: Curating neuroaesthetics (2015)

  • International Literature Showcase. Norwich Writers Centre: Technology and literature (2015)

  • Lettretage, Berlin, Germany: Literary activism (2015)

  • Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato Mexico: Shakespeare in the 21st Century (2015)

  • Bank St Arts, Sheffield: Anthologising poetry (2014)

  • International Translation day, British Library: Technology and translation (2013 & 2014)

  • Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre, London: Black Mountain College (2013)

  • Kingston International Pedagogy Conference. London, Collaboration and poetry (2013)

  • Birkbeck College, Graduate conference: Dada and ethics (2012)


  • The Revenge of Miguel Cotto composer Philip Venables: performed at St Lukes, London and MATA Festival, New York. Commissioned for the first London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper initiative.

  • The Righteous Harmony Movement Society composer Wenjing Wang: performed at Wigmore Hall and Guildhall Music School, London. Commissioned for the Voiceworks project.

Anthology publications of poetry and fiction include

  • The New Concrete (Hayward Gallery), Dear World & Everyone In it, Hwaet (Bloodaxe Books), Mount London, Marginalia, Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins), the Forward Prize Anthology (2014) Coin Opera 2, Bird Book (Sidekick Books), The Herbarium, The Dark Would, Other Room Anthology (2012), Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN), Sea Pie (Shearsman)

Limited editions / Poster art / Art books / Collaborative Publications include:

Magazine and journal publications of poetry and fiction include: 

  • UK - Test Centre, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Poems in Which, The Quietus, Lighthouse, Long Poem, Freaklung.

  • International - Poetry (Chicago), Pank, Poetry International, Exquisite Corpse, Dusie, Moria (USA), Gorse, Honest Ulsterman, Bohemyth, Moloch (Ireland), VLAK (Czech Republic), Kokoro, Wazo (Spain), Cordite, Windmills (Australia) Recours au Poeme (France), Sand, Kawara (Germany) Poesis International (Romania) Poetry Salzburg Review, Huellkurven (Austria).

UK Readings / Performances include:

  • Festivals - Hay-on-Wye, StAnza, London Literature, Stoke Newington, Essex Book, Nova, Voewood, Midsummer, Runnymede, The Great Escape, Bournemouth Arts, Globe Road.

  • London - Wellcome Collection, The Whitechapel Gallery, Wigmore Hall, Cafe Oto, Saison Poetry Library, Guildhall Music School, British Library, Somerset House, Rich Mix, Wellcome Library, Parasol Unit, Garden Museum, Science Museum, Poetry Cafe, Marsden Woo Gallery, Tenderpixel Gallery, Candid Arts, The Herbarium, Southbank Centre, ICA, Austrian Cultural Forum, Horse Hospital, St Johns Bethnal Green, Apiary Studios, Freeword Centre, Camley Street Natural Park, Shoreditch Town Hall, Hardy Tree Gallery, Matt's Gallery, London Review of Books, Tate Modern, Kensal Green Cemetery, Freud Museum, Betsey Trotwood, Four Quarters bar,

  • UK - Cornerhouse Gallery, Anthony Burgess Foundation (Manchester), St Georges Hall, Fly in the Loaf (Liverpool) The Basement (Brighton) Arnolfini, The Cube (Bristol), Morden Tower (Newcastle) The Sage (Gateshead), Hauser and Wirth (Somerset), The Arc (Stockton), Norwich Arts Centre. Mary Shelley Theatre (Boscombe) Bank Street Arts (Sheffield), Barbara Hepworth Museum (St Ives), Schumacher College (Dartington), Royal Literary Society (Bath), The Poly (Falmouth), Riverfront Arts Centre, Project Space (Newport), Sutton Gallery, Summerhall (Edinburgh), Kettle's Yard (Cambridge), Kirkwall Library (Orkney), Mareel (Shetland), Abacus Rooms (Cardiff), Volcano Theatre (Swansea), Aberystwyth Arts, Blue Sky Cafe (Bangor), Verbal Arts (Derry), Crescent Arts (Belfast)

  • Readings series - Xing the Line, The Blue Bus, The The The, CapLet, Goldsmiths Lit Live, Generative Constraints, The Other Room (Manchester), Caesura (Edinburgh).


  • The Enemies project - events, tours, projects and progammes exploring collaboration and innovative in contemporary poetic practise.

  • Curated over 250 events in 22 countries involving over 600 poets and artists.

  • Includes international projects and tours - Enemigos (Mexico), Wrogowie (Poland), Fjender (Denmark), Fiende (Austria), Gelynion (Wales), Auld Enemies (Scotland), Yes But Are We Enemies? (Ireland), Nemici (Italy), Fiender (Norway), Ovinir (Iceland), Mtrebi (Georgia).

  • Commissions to run 'Camarade' collaborative poetry events include for Norwich Writers Centre, Essex Book Festival, Stanza Festival, Nova Festival, Rich Mix Arts Centre, Lettretage Berlin.

  • Funding support includes Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Danish Agency for Culture, Creative Scotland, Conaculta Mexico, Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Wales, Czech Centre London, UNESCO Cities of Literature Edinburgh, Krakow, Reykjavik, Austrian Cultural Forum London and Berlin.

  • Kakania - Curated events and publications celebrating Habsburg Vienna through contemporary artists in London and Berlin.

  • States of Mind - Curated events for Wellcome Collection's exhibition, exploring human consciousness.

  • World without Words - Co-curated events exploring aphasia, neuroscience, the human brain and creativity.

  • English Pen Modern Literature Festival - Curator of festival celebrating Writers at Risk programme.

  • European Poetry Night - Curator of London's first ever European Poetry Night in 2016, curator of Edinburgh's European Literature Night in 2015 and 2016.

  • Poetry Parnassus - Curated multiple events during the biggest poetry festival in the history of the UK.

  • Assorted commissions for events and programmes include - Reel Iraq for Highlight Arts, Global Cities for London Literature Festival, Howl for Soda Pictures, Cabaret Hrabal for Czech Centre London, Pugilistica for Veer Books.

  • Curated or co-curated multiple exhibitions including Feinde: New Concrete Poetry, Zimzalla (Hardy Tree Gallery), Poetry in Collaboration (Saison Poetry Library).

Collaborations - an extensive practise of collaboration with poets, artists, musicians, photographers, includes over 100 publications, performances, exhibitions, films and more.