SJ Fowler


SJ Fowler has published four collections of poetry and ten chapbooks with publishers such asWriters forum, the Red Ceilings and Oystercatcher. Other collections forthcoming include releases from Eggbox publishing and Penned in the Margins.

He has been commissioned for original works of poetry, sonic art, installations and performance art by Mercy UK, the Tate (for the Tate Online), It's Nice That, the Voiceworks project (Birkbeck College & the Guildhall school of Music) and the London Sinfonietta's Blue Touch Paper project.

He has performed his work at international poetry festivals in Bulgaria, Turkey and Poland,
and at venues across the UK including the Wigmore Hall, Morden Tower, the Voewood festival,
the Rich Mix and the Southbank centre.

He is the UK editor of and VLAK magazine and the poetry editor for 3am magazine.

He has been translated into Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Bulgarian, French and Vietnamese.

He received a degree from the University of Durham, and a masters degree from the University of London, both in philosophy. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck college focusing on ethics and early 20th century avant garde poetry. He is also an employee of the British Museum.

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'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.


Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.


At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.