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Bristol, United Kingdom
|Occupation||poet, essayist, professor|
|Education||University of Cambridge|
|Literary movement||Late modernism|
|Notable works||Hot White Andy|
Keston Sutherland was born in Bristol in 1976. He went to Turnpike comprehensive school until he was 16 then for sixth form to St. Bart's comprehensive, both in Newbury. He graduated with a BA from Cambridge University in 1997, was the Joseph Hodges Choate Fellow at Harvard University 1997-8, and submitted his PhD, titled 'J. H. Prynne and philology', at Cambridge in 2004. He has lived in Brighton and worked at the University of Sussex since then. In 2013 he was the Holloway Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley and in 2016 he was the Bain-Swiggett Professor of Poetry at Princeton University.
Sutherland was the editor of the poetics and critical theory journal QUID and is co-editor (with Andrea Brady) of Barque Press. His poetry has been compared to J. H. Prynne, John Wilkinson, and Drew Milne. His work has won international recognition: his major 2007 poem Hot White Andy was first published in the United States in a special issue of Chicago Review showcasing four young British poets (Sutherland, Andrea Brady, Chris Goode and Peter Manson); it has been reviewed as "the most remarkable poem in English published this century".
Sutherland has translated a number of poets into English, including Jean-Marie Gleize, Jean-Michel Espitallier and Monika Rinck. His 2017 book Whither Russia contains translations of Verlaine, Heine, Tasso, Hölderlin, Gautier and Toulet.
Together with his colleagues at the University of Sussex, Sam Solomon, Natalia Cecire and Joe Luna, Sutherland runs the Sussex Poetry Festival, an annual two-day celebration of anti-capitalist and deranged poetry and music in Brighton, UK. The Festival began in 2009.
Sutherland has collaborated a number of times with the American artist Stephen G. Rhodes. Rhodes has made shows containing texts by Sutherland (printed pages, voiceovers, recorded readings) in Berlin, London, Brighton and Los Angeles.
His book on Marx and poetry, Stupefaction: a radical anatomy of phantoms was published by Seagull Books in May 2011.
Sutherland has written many essays on poetry, philosophy and Marx. A complete list is available on his staff page at the University of Sussex. Many of his performances of his poetry can be heard on YouTube and on his Soundcloud page. A number of substantial interviews and dialogues with Sutherland are available online.
He used to play guitar (after Stuart Calton left the band) in Pence Eleven, with Nathan Blunt (now Nathan Takamura). In 2005-7 he was in the improvised noise and music ensemble Infinite Album with Nour Mobarak and Mike Wallace-Hadrill (and whoever else was around).
Books of poetry
- Whither Russia, (Barque, 2017)
- Poetical Works 1999-2015, (Enitharmon Press, 2015)
- The Odes to TL61P, (Enitharmon Press, 2013)
- The Stats on Infinity, (Crater, 2010)
- Stress Position, (Barque Press, 2009)
- Hot White Andy, (Barque Press, 2007)
- Neocosis, (Barque Press, 2005)
- Neutrality, (Barque Press, 2004)
- The Rictus Flag, (Object Permanence, 2003)
- Antifreeze, (Barque Press, 2002)
- Bar Zero, (Barque Press, 2000)
- Mincemeat Seesaw, (Barque Press, 1999)
- At The Motel Partial Opportunity, (Barque Press, 1998)
- Hate’s Clitoris and Other Poems, (Barque Press, 1997)
- Lidia, (Equipage, 1996)
- Prag, (Equipage, 1996)
- Have Wishly, (Barque Press, 1995)
- 20 Poems, (with Andrea Brady; Barque Press, 1995)
Links to talks and lectures
- 'Hate Poems'
- 'On Keats's Sonnets'
- 'On Wordsworth's Odes'
- 'Affect Storms'
- 'On Samuel Beckett's Ping'
- 'On Madame Bovary'
- 'Responsible Cats'
- 'Blocks: form since the crash (NYU take)'
- 'Blocks: form since the crash (Chicago take)'
- 'Subjective Infinity'
Links to some poetry readings
- 'Hot White Andy'
- 'Ode to TL61P 5', London, 2012
- 'Sinking Feeling, 3rd part'
- A reading at the Poetry Project, NYC, 2015
- Live at Cafe Oto, London, 2015, with THF Drenching
- A reading in Princeton, with Stuart Calton and Verity Spott
Links to some reviews, essays and reports on readings
- 'A radical poet in the age of Google and Guantánamo' by Nicholas Niarchos
- 'Mandarin ducks and chee-chee chokes' by John Wilkinson (on Hot White Andy)
- Review of Stress Position by Peter Manson
- 'Unanswerable questions' by Joe Luna (on Stress Position)
- Review of The Stats on Infinity by Adam Piette
- 'The Poetry of Destroyed Experience' by Mathew Abbott (on The Odes to TL61P)
- 'The Inhumanity of Keston Sutherland's Odes to TL61P' by David Grundy
- Lisa Jeschke on the London launch of The Odes to TL61P
- Review of Poetical Works 1999-2015 by Adam Piette
- 'Poetry in crisis' by Ed Luker (on Poetical Works 1999-2015)
- Review of Poetical Works 1999-2015 by Julian Murphet
- Review of Whither Russia by Ian Patterson
- Jarvis, Simon (2007). "The Poetry of Keston Sutherland". Chicago Review. 53 (1): 139–145. ISSN 0009-3696. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- Jacket 35 – Early 2008 – Keston Sutherland: «Hot White Andy», reviewed by John Wilkinson. Jacketmagazine.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-18.
- Keston Sutherland (15 August 2011). Stupefaction: A Radical Anatomy of Phantoms. Seagull Books. ISBN 978-1-906497-97-2. Retrieved 18 August 2012.