Keston Sutherland

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Keston Sutherland
Bristol, United Kingdom
Occupationpoet, essayist, professor
EducationUniversity of Cambridge
GenreExperimental literature
Literary movementLate modernism
Notable worksHot White Andy, The Odes to TL61P, Scherzos Benjyosos
Barque Press

Keston M. Sutherland (born 1976) is a British poet, and Professor of Poetics at the University of Sussex.


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 2015 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.[1] 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".[2]

Sutherland has translated a number of poets into English, including Jean-Marie Gleize [Wikidata], Jean-Michel Espitallier [Wikidata] 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.[3]

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.

Books of poetry[edit]

  • Scherzos Benjyosos, (The Last Books, 2020)
  • 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)
  • Scratchcard Sally-Ann, (nominative press collective, 1999.)
  • 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)
  • So Sung Visitor Soh, (Barque Press, 1996)
  • Have Wishly, (Barque Press, 1995)
  • 20 Poems, (with Andrea Brady; Barque Press, 1995)

Some lectures and talks by Keston Sutherland[edit]

Links to some poetry readings[edit]

Some reviews of and essays on Sutherland's poetry[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jarvis, Simon (2007). "The Poetry of Keston Sutherland". Chicago Review. 53 (1): 139–145. ISSN 0009-3696. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  2. ^ Jacket 35 – Early 2008 – Keston Sutherland: «Hot White Andy», reviewed by John Wilkinson. Retrieved on 2012-08-18.
  3. ^ Keston Sutherland (15 August 2011). Stupefaction: A Radical Anatomy of Phantoms. Seagull Books. ISBN 978-1-906497-97-2. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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