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Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits on Steven Fowler’s 3 am top reads list

14 Dec

Good times for Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits which is if p then q’s first venture into hardback books.

Emmerson is criminally underrated, he should be seen as a major, pioneering figure of the British avant garde and his work from publisher If P Then Q furthers that reputation. It’s a gesture in a book, an austere refusal of the indulgent lyric.

MORE at 3am

Family Portraits is HERE

Steven Hitchins reviews Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits at Junction Box

13 Dec

Family Portraits is a drone work, a monotone symphony. Each movement contains one note, the same note; that creamy hue of the page and that non-taste of the lactose pill are an ambience that immerses you.

More HERE in the new issue of Junction Box

Get the book HERE

Stephen Emmerson and Philip Terry reading time amendment

12 Sep

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry will read from their if p then q collections – Family Portraits, Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Advanced Immorality at this year’s Free Verse Fair:

September 17th
3.30pm at Conway Hall (not 3pm as advertised previously)
Free Entry

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry readings

30 Aug

Stephen Emmerson & Philip Terry will read from their if p then q collections – Family Portraits, Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes & Advanced Immorality at this year’s Free Verse Fair:

September 17th
3pm at Conway Hall
Free Entry

The Poetry Library Open Day 2015 |The End of the Poem | 08th Nov

2 Oct

This one day event features Stephen Emmerson’s recent if p then q publications Poetry Wholes and Family Portraits.

Are the old ways of writing poetry finished? Will the poems of the future be written by machines? Is it possible to take up Ezra Pound’s challenge and ‘make it new’?

What will future poetry movements look like? And will poetry continue to play a role in social change as we head further into a world led by data?

Come along to our open day to tackle these questions. Work on display includes creations by those who have returned to traditional printing methods in response to digital, poets who are addressing what the future city might look like (and those who are returning to nature) and poets who are challenging capitalism and looking for a different system of political order for the future.

Explore the alternate worlds of science-fiction poetry and decide if poetry really can be written without any words. You can also discover The Poetry Library’s staff picks from the past year.

Poets, writers and artists on display from the library’s extensive collections include Katherine Angel, Blaise Cendrars, John Christie, Kenneth Goldsmith, James Hoff, Ron King, Robert Macfarlane and Claudia Rankine.

Midday to 7pm

St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall

At 8pm, join us for a free live event in The Poetry Library to hear poets Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Silva and James Wilkes read new work in response to The End of the Poem.



Stephen Emmerson Family Portraits published today

7 Jul

Family Portraits
Published July 2015
104 pp
£12.00 including postage and packaging UK
£19.00 including postage and packing worldwide

About the book
Stephen Emmerson’s Family Portraits is a series of blank canvases which ask the reader to fill in the blank(s) or leave the canvas just the way they see it. The book includes 9 portraits of each of the following types: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Lover, Self-Portrait. The book also contains 8 lactose pills which can be taken to help see the portraits. Family Portraits is published as a lush hardback edition.

About the author
Stephen Emmerson’s publications include: ‘A never ending poem… (Zimzalla), Telegraphic Transcriptions (Dept Press / Stranger Press), No Ideas but in Things (Dark Windows Press), Albion (Like This Press), The Last Ward (Very Small Kitchen), Pharmacopoetics,(Apple Pie Editions) Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes (If P then Q), All my Pornography (The Red Ceilings), and Comfortable Knives (KFS).



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if p then q book launches today

27 Jun


Mahu closing event: if p then q book launches
Stephen Emmerson
Peter Jaeger
seekers of lice
Nathan Walker
Chrissy Williams

+ visual art and poetry collaboration

The Hardy Tree Gallery, Kings Cross
27th June 2015, 7.30pm*, Free entry, BYOB
* Peter Jaeger  from 4-7 pm

if p then q is an experimental poetry press which has been publishing cutting edge work since 2008. This event is a chance to both launch the latest crop of if p then q titles and celebrate the final night of Steven Fowler’s Mahu exhibition at The Hardy Tree Gallery. As well as performances by Nathan Walker, Chrissy Williams, Stephen Emmerson and seekers of lice, the event will feature a special, not to be missed, 3 hour performance by Peter Jaeger (watch the whole thing or drop in and out), as well as a collaborative art workshop with artist and director of The Hardy Tree, Amelie Russell.

The event is free and there will be a bookstall selling all if p then q titles, including the recent landmark Written 1976-2013 by P. Inman.

Should you wish to this is a bring your own booze event.

Chrissy Williams is a poet, editor and tutor living in London. She is director of the Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. She is currently editing a book on Poetry Comics for Sidekick Books. Her if p then q publication, Epigraphs, has been praised highly by a number of reviewers – Sarah Gonnet, Emma Lee,  Dead Ink, Stride and Shearsman. The book was also featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

Stephen Emmerson’s books and objects include: Telegraphic Transcriptions, a never ending poem…, Comfortable Knives and Pharmacopoetics. He co edits Blart Books with Lucy Harvest Clarke.https://stephenemmerson.wordpress.com/ He has two if p then q publications – the very limited Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes and the upcoming publication Family Portraits.

seekers of lice is an artist and writer, with 10 books in the Tate’s collection of Artists’ Books. Other books include Theatre Of Objects (VerySmallKitchen 2012) and limber (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). Fly-Leaf is included in VLAK 5 (2015). Her if p then q collection, Encyclops., is a print version of an artwork which was displayed at News of the World gallery in London.

Peter Jaeger is a Canadian text-based artist, poet, and literary critic now living in London. He is the author of eleven books, and his most recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013), 540493390 (Veer Press 2014). He has also shown bookworks and performed his work at various galleries and art festivals, including MACBA in Barcelona, the Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA in London, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, and in Turkey at the 12th Istanbul International Biennial of Contemporary Art. He is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London. His if p then q title, A Field Guide to Lost Things, is a novel which recomposes elements of the first three volumes of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way.

Nathan Walker is an artist, curator and writer. His work investigates writing and speaking in and as performance. Primarily working in the fields of performance and action art, Nathan’s works explores expanded concepts of writing, including durational writing and sound poetry. His work also extends into online projects that consider the event of performance in electronic poetry. Alongside artist Victoria Gray he is co-director of Oui Performance an artist-led organisation dedicated to research and presentation of performance art.
nathan-walker.co.uk. His if p then q title, Action Score Generator, is a print-based version of his fantastic website of the same name.

Mahu is SJ Fowler’s first solo exhibition in London. A novel onto gallery walls. A novel written without prelude or revision. A novel written in black ink on white walls. A novel in words that veers into neologisms. A novel in language that veers into abstract symbols. An asemic novel. A novel of twenty-one days, before it is stripped, chopped, framed, never to be reunited again.