Dr Rebecca Tamás

Lecturer: Creative Writing

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

E: r.tamas@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876117

Dr Rebecca Tamás

I completed a BA (Hons) at Warwick University in English and Creative Writing, where I gained a First, and an MA in Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh. I completed by PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of East Anglia, where I was supervised by Denise Riley and Tiffany Atkinson. I have taught across Creative Writing at UEA and at Goldsmith's University, and run courses at The Poetry School.

I convene on or teach: Experimental Writing (L3); Critical Approaches to Creative Writing (MA); Writing to Order (L1); Creative Research in Practice (L1); BA Dissertation projects; and MA Dissertation projects.

My first pamphlet 'The Ophelia Letters' came out with Salt in 2013. My second pamphlet 'Savage' came out with Clinic Press in 2017, and was the London Review of Books Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year, and a Poetry School Online Book of the Year. My pamphlet 'Tiger' will be published by Bad Betty Press in October 2018. I won the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize and was the Fenton Arts Trust Emerging Writer Award Winner 2017. My work has been published in journals including The London Review of Books, The White Review, Poetry London, Poetry Review and Minvera Platform; and my first collection will be published by Penned in the Margins in 2019.

Further Information

Teaching

Module Director- Experimental Writing

Tutor on Critical Approaches to Creative Writing

MA, MFA and undergraduate supervisor

Research

Areas of research interest

Ecopoetics, Ecofeminism and Environmental Writing: I am interested in how experimental poetry and writing can express the complications of human-nonhuman relationships within cities, ‘natural’ and urban psychogeography, the writing of place, and radical nature poetry that explores gendered experience. I am also interested in the potential for representing the difference of the nonhuman within language - and the potential relationship between nonhuman experience and human thinking practices - explored by theorists such as Timothy Morton and Jane Bennett, and poets and writers such as Wallace Stevens, Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Carol Watts.

Feminist Poetics, The Occult and Magical Forms of Knowledge; I am fascinated by new feminist languages being created through explorations of magic and the occult, especially in the work of twenty-first century American poets Dorothea Lasky and Ariana Reines. I am also interested in the more general re-emergence of witchcraft as an outlet for ‘female’ power in contemporary art practices; as well as the connections between the irrational and feminist interests. 

Contemporary Poetry and Interdisciplinary Collaboration; specifically, the rethinking of connections between poetic exploration and the visual arts, music, performance, prose and critical writing; connections apparent in the work of twenty-first century British poets such Holly Pester, Nisha Ramayaa, Rachael Allen, Daisy Lafarge and Sophie Robinson, and the wider publishing action, events and collaborations created by small presses, magazines and venues.

Other interests include: New Nature Writing; Dark Ecology, Critical Theory; Aesthetics and Politics; Modernist Poetry.

Selected Publications

Books

WITCH Poetry collection, Penned in the Margins,  forthcoming March 2019.

Spells: Occult Poetry in the 21st Century (As Editor) Poetry Anthology, Lingua Ignota Press, 2018.

 

Poetry Pamphlets:

Tiger Poetry Pamphlet Collection, Bad Betty Press, Autumn 2018.

Savage Poetry Pamphlet Collection, Clinic. 2017.

The Ophelia Letters Poetry Pamphlet Collection, Salt. 2013.

Limited Edition Poetry Selection

Poetry Pamphlet Collection, Elbow Room. June, 2014.

 

Poetry Journals:

‘Communist Ghost-‘ Perverse Poetry, May 2018.

‘Hex-’ Poetry London, November 2017. 

‘Spell for UN Resolutions,’ ‘Spell for the Witch’s Hammer-’ The London Review of Books, October 2017.

‘Witch and the Devil-’ Poetry Review, October 2017.

‘Lelkem-’ Corda Magazine, Issue One, 2017.

‘BDSM,’ ‘Volcano, ‘Spell for Joy,’ ‘Spell for Midsummer-.’ The Suburban Review Poetry Residency, February to March, 2016.

‘Peckham Rye-’ Hotdog Magazine, Issue Two, 2016.

‘Flame Brocade Moth-’ Best British Poetry 2015, 2015. 

Interrogations’, ‘Elizabeth-’ The White Review, Issue Fourteen, 2015.

 

Journal Articles & Interviews:

Article on the occult within poetry for The White Review, upcoming summer 2018.

Article on Wallace Stevens’ Ecopoetics for Wild Court, September 2017.

Article on Attila Jozef, Europe and Poetry, Eborakon Journal: European Special Issue, March 2017.

Interview with Dorothea Lasky, Prac Crit, December 2015.

Professional Activities

My first full length collection, WITCH, is forthcoming from Penned in the Margins in 2019, and I am an editor of 'Spells: An Anthology of Occult Poetry for the 21st Century,' published by Ignota Press October 2018.

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