Kathryn Maris

Kathryn Maris is a poet, critic and occasional curator who has published three poetry collections and a pamphlet.

Her work has appeared in Penguin Modern Poets 5The Pushcart Prize AnthologyThe Best British PoetryThe Forward Book of PoetryPoetry, the TLS and other periodicals.

A selection from Kathryn’s most recent poetry collection, The House With Only An Attic And A Basement (Penguin 2018), won the Ivan Juritz Prize for creative experiment and was the subject of an exhibition at One Paved Court in Richmond. Her previous collections are titled The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006) and God Loves You (Seren, 2013).

Kathryn also writes essays questioning orthodoxies in contemporary poetry. In ‘Transgression and Transcendence: Poetry and Provocation’ (Poetry Review, 2017), she examines ‘offensiveness’ and what might be gained when a poem provokes its reader. ‘Damned Universal Cock: Our Whitman Moment’ (The Dark Horse, 2019) reflects on Walt Whitman’s continuing influence, transitioning into an analysis of narcissism, scapegoating and public shaming in critical discourse.

Her recent book reviews include assessments of Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride, Grand Union by Zadie Smith, You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian, What I’m Looking For by Maureen N. McLane and Coventry by Rachel Cusk.

Kathryn is poetry editor of Mal, a journal themed around radical approaches to sexuality and gender, and she co-organizes the Poetry and Psychoanalysis conference.

Image credit: Conor Greenan


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