“one of Europe’s most interesting young poets.”
Steven J Fowler

Astra is a PhD researcher and tutor at the University of Surrey with focus in the experimental tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. She is a widely-published author with work featured in UK and international magazines including The Times, Magma Poetry and Buzdokuz. Astra is the author of several books including Stargazing (Guillemot Press), and her work has been translated into Russian, Slovenian and Spanish.

 

Astra currently delivers experimental poetry workshops at the University for the Creative Arts and works at The Poetry Society's Poetry Review. She is also a founder of Poem Atlas, and has curated several visual poetry exhibitions across the UK. She won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary visual exhibitions at the National Poetry Library and the Westminster Reference Library in London amongst other venues. 

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Extended Bio                                         

 

Currently based in London

Born 1991, Greece

 

Education

2019-2022, University of Surrey, PhD in Experimental Poetics

2016-2017, Royal Holloway University of London, MA Poetic Practice

2009-2013, University of Surrey, BA (Hons) Theatre Studies

Editorial

2018-now, Editorial Assistant (freelance) at The Poetry Review

2020, Assistant Editor at Mercurius Magazine

2019-2021, Editor at Pamenar Press

2019-2020, Poetry Editor at WhyNow Magazine

Teaching

2021, Tutor in Creative Writing, University of Surrey

2019-now, Creative Workshop Tutor, University for the Creative Arts

 

Books

2021, Aww-Struck (co-edited), published by Poem Atlas

2021, Bunnies Behind Bars (pamphlet), published by KFS Press

2021, Crescent Earth (chapbook) by Broken Sleep Books

2021, Auditioning for Poem Atlas (pamphlet with John Kilburn) by Poem Atlas

2020, Astropolis (expanded edition), published by Hesteglock Press

2020, Temporary Spaces (co-edited with Nic Stringer) by Pamenar Press

2019, Blockplay (pamphlet), published by Hesterglock Press

2019, Stargazing (pamphlet), published by Guillemot Press

2019, Perseverance Valley Interrupted (chapbook), published by Stegosaurus

2019, Almost a Dream (chapbook), published by Sampson Low

2019, Imprints We Leave Behind (chapbook), published by Gang Press

2018, Clockwork (pamphlet), published by Ampersand Publishing

2017, Almost a Nightmare (chapbook), published by Sampson Low

Printed & Online Magazine appearances include:

3:am magazine, Aesthetica, Alterity, Ambit, Anthropocene Journal, Babel Tower Notice Board, Bee Craft, Berfrois Magazine, Berkeley Poetry Review, Burning House Press, Buzdokuz, Crisiology, Cuntry Living Zine, DatableedZine, Dusie, Eborakon Journal, Erotoplasty, Fur lined Ghettos, Harana Poetry, НОЖ, HTVN Magazine, Kanstellation Magazine, Literratura, Magma Poetry, Mercurius Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, Moon Lit, National Poetry Month Canada Pamenar Press Magazine, Periodicities Journal, Permeable Barrier, Perspektive, Petrichor Journal, Poetry News, Queen Mob's Tea House, Stag Hill Journal, Streetcake Magazine, Stride Magazine, Synchronised Chaos Magazine, Tangerine Magazine, Tears in the Fence, Tentacular Magazine, The Abandoned Playground, The Minnesota Review, The Minute Review, The Projectionist's Playground, The Times, ToCall Magazine, Visual Verse, ZenoMagazine

Performed in the UK venues including:

504 Arch London, Avivson Gallery, Beehive Tottenham, Betsey Trotwood, Café OTO, CanvasCafé, Chener Books, Conway Hall, Dutch Church, Gulbenkian,

Harrison Pub London, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Iklectik London, Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel, Libreria London, Museum of Futures, Nell of Drury, Rich Mix, Peckham Pelican, Rose Theatre Kingston, Second Shelf Books, South London Gallery, Senate House, Sterts Arts Centre, The Crown Tavern, The Poetry Café, The Spike Guildford, Torriano Meeting House, Westminster Reference Library,

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Performed international venues including:

Einbaumöbel (Vienna), Klub Gromka (Ljubljana)

Collaborations

Lina Buividavičiūtė, Sarah Dawson, Nial Firth, Oliver Fox, Matthew Haigh, Chris Holmes, John Kilburn, Dacy Lim, Phoebe Power, Michal Piotrowski, Emily Russell Thomas, Vik Shirley, Muanis Sinanović, Maria Sledmere, Henriette Støren, Nic Stringer, Sean Tomlin, Ellie Tsatsou, Arvis Viguls

Festival and Poetry Series Appearances

artBLAB London, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Bristol Photo Festival, Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Contraband Live, Dead Women Poets Society, Dirt, Enemies Project, European Poetry Festival, Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Green Blues Seminar series, Guillotine, IGNOR Festival, International Video Poetry Festival, PRAXIS, Small Publishers’ Fair, StAnza International Poetry Festival, Theatre of Failure, The Poetry Society's Poem-A-Thon, Writers' Centre Kingston Camarade, Xing the Line

Awards/Commendations

2021, Official Selection of Cadence Video Poetry Festival, USA

2021, Official Selection of the 9th International Video Poetry Festival, Greece

2019, Shortlisted for the Zealous Mixed Media Art Prize, UK

2018, Winner of the Not the Not the Booker Prize, UK

2017, Commended at The Poetry Society's Edgelands challenge, UK

2016, Winner of the Pébéo Mixed Media Art Prize, UK

Group Exhibitions

2020, Hesterglock Press Exhibition, Neck of the Woods Cafe, Bristol

2020, Poetry Illustrated: a Teenagers View, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton

2020, Temporary Spaces, The Poetry Society's Café, London

2020, Double Six, Kingston Museum, Kingston

2019, Blockplay Group Exhibition, The Poetry Cafe, London

2019, The Yellow Book Exhibition, Westminster Reference Library

2019, Behind the mask, Another mask, October Gallery, London

2019, Groving: Acts of Resistance, Street Exhibition in Bury St Edmunds

2019, The Poet's Brut Group Exhibition, The Poetry Cafe, London

2019, Poetography Exhibition, Museum of Futures, London

2019, Love Tokens and Bad Pennies Exhibition at #unsettledgallery, London

2018, Ampersand poetry & art evening, 504 Arch, London

2018, Instagram Poetry Exhibition, National Poetry Library, London

2018, Scribbling & Scrawling Exhibition, Museum of Futures, London

2016, Pébéo Art Exhibition, A&D Gallery, London

2014, Pro Arté International Group Exhibition, The Studio, Guildford

2013, Group Student Design Show, Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford

2013, Pro Arté International Group Exhibition, The Studio, Guildford

Online Exhibitions

2021, Photo-poetry SURFACES, at Bristol Photo Festival

2021, AWW-STRUCK at Poem Atlas website

2021, Instagram Poetry for Every Day at StAnza Festival 

2021, Refraction, at Poem Atlas website

2020, Future-Facing at Poem Atlas website

2020, artBLAB:Text at artBLAB website

2020, Escapisms at Poem Atlas website

2020, Trånslatiøns at Mellom Press

2020, Islet Zone at Poem Atlas website

Residencies

2019, Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency, Bodmin

Judging

2020, Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize (18-23 Poetry category)

Talks/Guest Lectures

2021, Material Poetics and Sustainability at the University of Surrey

2020, Neo-Futurism and Sustainability at the University of Surrey

2019, Neo-futurism and Beyond, artBLAB at Canvas Café, London

2018, Talk on Mina Loy and Futurism, Dead [Women] Poets at the Poetry Cafè, London