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

 

Astra is a PhD student at the University of Surrey with focus in experimental writing and the neo-futurist tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. She has read at poetry events including the European Poetry Festival and The Enemies Project. Her poetry has appeared in small magazines and anthologies including The Tangerine, Eborakon Journal

and 3:am Magazine, and has been translated into Russian, Slovenian and Spanish.

 

Astra currently delivers experimental poetry workshops at the University for the Creative Arts and freelances for the Poetry Society. She is also a Poetry Editor at Pamenar Press and whynow Magazine. Astra has curated several events and art exhibitions across the UK as part of Poem Atlas and artBLAB.

She won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary visual poetry exhibitions including the National Poetry Library and the Museum of Futures in London. 

photo credit: Christopher Andreou

SHORT Bio:                                          

 

Currently based in London

Born 1991, Greece

 

Education

2019-2022, University of Surrey, PhD in Neo-futurist Poetics

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

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

 

Books

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

2018, Astropolis (pamphlet), published by HVTN Press

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

2016, Tinsel Puke and Beetlejuice (book art)

Anthologies

2019, Included in the 'O Moon Moon' Cento by The Poetry Society

2019, In Erosion in Dirt by Corrupted Poetry

2019, Station to Station in 'Europoe' by Kingston University Press

2019, Collected poems in Berfrois: The Book by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

2018, Sea to Spawn in 'The Creel' by Guillemot Press

2018, Neo-Futurist Manifesto in No, Robot, No! by Sidekick Books

2018, Xenelasia in ‘Wretched Strangers’ by Boiler House Press

2018, Selection on poems in ‘Bedford Square Anthology 11’ by Ward Wood

Printed & Online Magazine Publications include:

3:am magazine, Alterity, Ambit, Berfrois Magazine, Burning House Press, Cuntry Living Zine, Eborakon Journal, Erotoplasty, Fur-lined Ghettos, Harana Poetry, HTVN Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, Pamenar Press Magazine, Petrichor Journal, Queen Mob's Tea House, Stag Hill Journal, Streetcake Magazine, Stride Magazine, 

Synchronised Chaos Magazine, Tangerine Magazine, Tears in the Fence, The 

Projectionist's Playground, ToCall Magazine,Tangerine Magazine, Visual Verse

Performed in the UK venues including:

504 Arch London, Avivson Gallery, Beehive Tottenham, Betsey Trotwood, Café OTO, 

Canvas Café, 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

Performed international venues including:

Einbaumöbel (Vienna), Klub Gromka (Ljubljana)

Collaborations,

Arvis Viguls, Ellie Tsatsou, Emily Russell Thomas, Dacy Lim, Henriette Støren, Lina 

Buividavičiūtė, Maria Sledmere, Michal Piotrowski, Muanis Sinanović, Oliver Fox, Phoebe Power, Sarah Dawson, Sean Tomlin

Festival and Poetry Series Appearances

artBLAB London, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Contraband Live, Dead Women Poets Society, Dirt, Enemies Project, European Poetry Festival, Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, 

Guillotine, IGNOR Festival, PRAXIS, Theatre of Failure, The Poetry Society's Poem-A-Thon, Writers' Centre Kingston Camarade, Xing the Line

Recordings

2019, Reading Pond by Harry Gilonis for the Konch Podcast

2019, Wilderness for the poetry blog of Pamenar Press

2019, Reading from Mina Loy's 'The Lunar Baedeker' in Ep. 69 of a poem a week

2019, Reading a selection of poems at Episode 121 of Lunar Poetry Podcasts 

2019, Heliolatry at Ep.58 of a poem a week

2017, Experiment B and Beauty Bias at Issue 2 of Rascal Journal

Awards

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

2018, Not the Not the Booker Prize winner, UK

2017, Commended at the YPN Edgelands challenge, UK

2016, Pébéo Mixed Media Art Prize winner, UK

Group Exhibitions

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

2019, 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 (Southbank Centre), 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

Residencies

2019, Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency, Bodmin

Translations include poems into:

Slovenian by Muanis Sinanović, Spanish by Enrique Viana Suberviola, Russian by Maria Malinovskaya.