Steven J Fowler

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SJ Fowler or Steven J. Fowler (born 1983) is a contemporary English poet and avant-garde artist. He has produced diverse body of work across poetry, performance art, experimental theatre, asemic writing, calligrams, concrete poetry and sound poetry, as well as sonic art, installation, fiction and visual art.


He has received commissions from Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the British Council, Kettle's Yard, Wellcome Collection, Austrian Cultural Forum, Penned in the Margins, the London Sinfonietta and The Liverpool Biennial.

He has been translated into over a dozen languages, known for his internationally facing collaborations and projects, having performed at festivals and venues across the world including the Cervantino festival, Hay Xalapa, the Niniti International festival in Iraq, the International Novi Sad Literature Festival, the Berlin Poesiefest, as well as in venues in the UK including Wigmore Hall, the Hay-on-Wye Festival, Rich Mix Arts Centre, Stanza Festival, St.Georges Hall, Morden Tower and The Sage.

He has been exhibited in galleries across Europe, with his solo exhibition Mahu running for two months in the Hardy Tree Gallery, in Kings Cross, London, in summer 2015.

He has lectured at Kingston University, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, the Poetry School, Birkbeck College, St. Martin's College, the British Library.


Fowler has collaborated with poets including Aase Berg, Jerome Rothenberg, Joe Dunthorne, Sam Riviere, Eirikur Orn Norddahl, Morten Søndergaard, Zoë Skoulding, JR Carpenter, Luke Kennard, sound artists including Phil Minton, Maja Jantar, Sharon Gal, visual artists including Rebecca Kamen, and filmmakers Noah Hutton, Lotje Sodderland amongst others.

Enemies project[edit]

Began in 2013, the Enemies project curates original collaborative works, performances and exhibitions between poets, artist, photographers, sculptures and other creative practitioners. Attempting to innovative the possibilities of collaboration and the written word, it has involved over 500 practitioners in nearly 20 countries and received awards from Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the British Council, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Conaculta and others.

The Maintenant series[edit]

In 2010, he began the Maintenant interview series for 3:AM Magazine, which has 99 issues. Aiming to introduce 21st century European poets to English language audiences, the series balanced avant garde and literary poets. It has featured the likes of Ann Cotten, Immanuel Mifsud, Yurii Andrukhovych, Aleš Šteger, Tadeusz Dąbrowski, Georgi Gospodinov, Gerður Kristný, Tadeusz Różewicz, George Szirtes and Luljeta Lleshanaku. He has also interviewed contemporary philosophers including A. C. Grayling and Simon Critchley. In 2011, he was appointed UK editor of Lyrikline and poetry editor for 3:AM Magazine.

Poetry collections[edit]

  • The Guide to Being Bear Aware (Shearsman Books 2017)
  • {Enthusiasm} (Test Centre 2015)
  • The Rottweiler's guide to the Dog Owner (Eyewear press 2014)
  • Enemies: the selected collaborations of SJ Fowler (Penned in the Margins 2013)
  • Recipes (Red Ceilings press 2012)
  • Minimum Security Prison Dentistry (Anything Anymore Anywhere press 2011)
  • Fights (Veer books 2011)
  • Red Museum (Knives forks & spoons press 2011)

Other publications[edit]

  • Subcritical Tests w/Ailbhe Darcy (Gorse Editions 2017)
  • Worm Wood in Old Oak (Sampson Low 2017)
  • House of Mouse w/Prudence Chamberlain (Knives forks and spoons press 2015)
  • Oberwildling w/Colin Herd (Occasions 2015)
  • 1000 Proverbs w/Tom Jenks (Knives forks and spoons press 2015)
  • Whale Hunt (Annexe press 2014)
  • Vikings (POW 2014)
  • The Estates of Westeros w/Ben Morris (Like This press 2013)
  • Gilles de Rais w/David Kelly (Like This press 2013)
  • Elephanche w/Marcus Slease (Department press 2013)
  • Ways of Describing Cuts w/Sarah Kelly (Knives forks & spoons press 2013)
  • Johnny Tapia (Oystercatcher press 2011)
  • Songs of Salvador Sanchez (Red Ceilings press 2011)
  • Klitschko (Zimzalla 2010)
  • Poggel Intricate (Writers forum press 2010)


Fowler was born in Truro, Cornwall, studied at the University of Durham and the University of London, Birkbeck College. He lives in London.


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