Black Mountain College, A Celebration

Black Mountain College USA (1933 – 1957) comes to the Black Mountains of Powys, Wales. A full weekend exploration and celebration of the work, philosophy and ongoing influence of that remarkable, mid-twentieth century educational and multi-genre artistic experimental venture.

MAY 26th – 27th 

The morning and afternoon sessions will be held at the Dance Studio in Crickhowell Community Sports Centre (Off New Road, Crickhowell)

 The evening sessions will be held at the Crickhowell Parish Hall (Church Lane, Crickhowell)


Welcome and Introduction

Michael Kindellan
Charles Olson and education.

Allen Fisher
Anni Albers and Josef Albers: Bauhaus 1923  – Black Mountain College 1933 – Yale 1949

Wanda O’Connor
Towards a Post-Projective Poetics.


Jeff Hilson
Gertrude Stein, Black Mountain and Ray Johnson.

Alice Entwistle
Echoes and Edges: Re-reading Creeley.

Peter Gillies
Thread – Paint – Ink – Film: Women Artists at Black Mountain.

Lee Duggan
Olson and the influence of projective verse, particularly in reference to women’s writing.

Camilla Nelson
One Day This Glass Will Break (after Cornelia Parker)


Allen Fisher
Frank Kline and Robert Rauschenberg: Construction and Assemblage.

Redell Olsen
‘Observation Judgement Action’ or (Foil, Jumping, Daisies) with music by Drew Milne in collaboration with the Electric Crinolines.

Pierre Joris
Charles Olson now.

Nicole Peyrafitte
Basil King: Mirage. A film directed by Nicole Peyrafitte, co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, starring Basil King.

SUNDAY MORNING 10.30 – 1.00

Ian Brinton
Mike Rumaker: ‘shifting it into the real’.

Anthony Mellors
John Cage, Williams Mix: collage and synthesis.

Paige Mitchell
Merce Cunningham — Quotes and Clips

Gillian Hipp
On Merce Cunningham

John Goodby
Encounters with the work of Ed Dorn.


Gavin Selerie
The legacy of interactions between art forms at Black Mountain College and after.

Tilla Brading
‘Breath between the Black Mountains’.
Charles Olson & David Jones.

Peter Hughes
Abstract art & writing, leaping off from the work of Cy Twombly.

Carol Watts
On Balance: a Poetics of Memory, Labour, Practice.

Tim Atkins
Hilda Morley – the longest serving poet at Black Mountain.

SUNDAY EVENING 7.00 – 9.30


Open multi-genre collaborative jam session with Lyndon Davies, Nicole Peyrafitte, Pierre Joris, Camilla Nelson, Sarah Rhys, Anthony Mellors, Wanda O’Connor, Penny Hallas and others.

£15 for the whole weekend (£12 concessions)
or £5 per individual session (£4 concessions)

To book or for more info contact Lyndon Davies at

The Contributors:

Allen Fisher. Recent books: Tip Regard, Sputtor, Gravity as a consequence of shape, and Imperfect Fit (an aesthetics of fracture, function and perception). Recent work has been on Black Ponds in Powys. See YouTube film:

Peter Hughes is a poet and the founding editor of Oystercatcher Press. He’s based in Cambridge where he was recently the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry. His books include a Selected Poems (Shearsman 2013), versions of Petrarch’s sonnets (Quite Frankly, Reality Street Editions 2015), Cavalcanty(Carcanet 2017) and via Leopardi 21 (Equipage 2018). He is currently working on a project mapping the Berlin Ringbahn.

Tim Atkins is a Leo with Leo rising. He’s a Western Buddhist which means he does what he wants and says it’s done with the concept of emptiness, Buddhist emptiness, of course, uppermost in his mind. Oh! And its done with compassion for all sentient beings. Except for…

Lee Duggan is origninally from London but has lived in North Wales since the age of 20. Her writing is very much informed by location and the impact place has on identity, as well as by her experiences as a working, single mother of three.  She has an MA in Writing: Practice and Context from Bangor University and her first poetry collection, Reference Points, was published in 2017 by Aquifer Books.

Wanda O’Connor is a poet and doctoral candidate in Critical and Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Recent work is available or forthcoming in The World Speaking Back: to Denise Riley (Boiler House Press 2018), Wretched Strangers (Boiler House Press 2018), Bad Kid Catullus (Sidekick Books 2017), Poetry Wales, and others. She is organizer of the 2018 symposium ‘Projectivisms’ and co-runs the Cardiff Poetry Experiment reading series.

Nicole Peyrafitte is a pluridisciplinary artist born & raised in the Pyrenees. Her processes include visuals, texts, live action paintings, film, & cooking. Her latest project is the just finished Things Fall Where They Lie, a 55-minute film with Yoko Otomo, Steve Dalachinski, Eric Sarner & Katalin Pataki.  Forthcoming this June is Land0Scape , a collection of texts & photographs, from Editions Plaine Page. Other works include The Book of U /Le livre des cormorans (with Pierre Joris, Editions Simoncini, 2017); Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space/Vulvic Knowledge: 17 paintings, 17 multilingual texts, 1 recipe & 1 CD,and the CD Whisk Don’t Churn with bassist Michael Bisio. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband & often-times collaborator Pierre Joris. Basil King: Mirage is 22-minute short film from 2012, co-directed with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, on painter, poet & Black Mountain student Basil King.

Born in 1946 in Strasbourg, France, raised in Luxembourg, Pierre Joris has moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 50 years, publishing close to 50 books of poetry, essays, anthologies, plays and translations.  In 1992 he returned to New York, first the state, where he taught poetry & poetics at SUNY-Albany until 2012,  but also, since 2008, the city — happily humming Bob Dylan’s “I’m going back to New York City, I believe I’ve had enough…”. When not on the road (see the “Events Calendar” page on his blog: Nomadics or on his website:, he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn — baptized Sorrentinostan by him — with his wife, painter, singer & multimedia performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte.

Jeff Hilson has written four books of poetry: stretchers (Reality Street, 2006), Bird bird (Landfill, 2009), In The Assarts (Veer, 2010) and Latanoprost Variations (Boiler House Press, 2017). A fifth book, Organ Music, is due out from Crater Press in 2019. He also edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008). He runs Xing the Line poetry reading series in London, and is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

Alice Entwistle is Professor of Textual Aesthetics and Contemporary Poetry at the University of South Wales; she is currently working on books about Gwyneth Lewis and Ciaran Carson, respectively. Her published works are A History of Twentieth Century British Women’s Poetry (Cambridge with Jane Dowson), Poetry Geography Gender: Women writing contemporary Wales (U Wales P, 2013) and In Her Own Words: Women talking poetry and Wales (Seren 2014). She was awarded her doctorate in 1997 for ‘Creeley Among Others: An American Poetics in Context’; it’s unpublished.

Tilla Brading is a poet, performer and textual artist who has taught creative writing as well as working most of her life with students who have a variety of Learning Difficulties. From the experience of her up-bringing on a hill farm in Ystradfellte, Powys, using its people and situations, her work has evolved towards a freer exploration of language, semantics, performance and the visual. Starting points may be from texts, landscape, history, the news or anything that can weave, meld and fray into a termination if not a completion. She was joint editor of Odyssey Press / PQR (Poetry Quarterly Review) and assistant custodian of the cottage where Coleridge lived in Nether Stowey, Somerset. Her work which has included collaboration and improvisations has appeared in a variety of books, magazines, projects and on-line

Lyndon Davies lives in Powys. He has published four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Bridge 116 (Aquifer 2017). Bridge 116 (Aquifer Books 2017). He is editor of an internet literature and arts magazine called Junction Box, and also runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of literary discussion groups. Between 2009 and 2012 he co-ran, with John Goodby, the Hay Poetry Jamboree – a festival of innovative poetries at Hay on Wye.

John Goodby. Born in Birmingham, universitied in Yorkshire, taught in Ireland, living since 1994 in Wales. Lectures at Swansea University and is editor of the new Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas; has been co-editor of Irish and Welsh issues of Angel Exhaust, and published, with Shearsman, Illennium (2010).

Camilla Nelson is a British language artist.  Her work explores language as material and performance in page-based poetry, installation, sound and movement. The script of Reading Movement, a series of movement language performances, was long-listed for The Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers in 2016. Her first full poetry collection, Apples & Other Languages, was long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in 2015 and is out now with Knives Forks and Spoons. Her second collection, A Yarn Er Narrative, is forthcoming with Contraband Books. Camilla is founding editor ofSinging Apple Press, a small independent press that produces hand-crafted, limited edition poem-prints, books and other objects. For more info visit

After thirty-seven years of Secondary School teaching Ian Brinton now writes full time. His publications over the past ten years have included translations of poetry from French and critical works on modern poetry. A former editor of The Use of English for The English Association he now co-edits the poetry magazines Tears in the Fence and SNOW and is on the committee setting up the Archive of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Cambridge. As a reviewer he has been published by The Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, PN Review, Notre Dame Review, World Literature Today, Poetry Salzburg Review and Poetry Review. Recent publications include Selected Poems & Prose of John Riley (Shearsman), Translation of poems of Philippe Jaccottet (Oystercatcher), For the Future, a festschrift for J.H. Prynne (Shearsman) and An Andrew Crozier Reader (Carcanet).

Michael Kindellan is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Late Cantos of Ezra Pound: Composition, Revision, Publication (London: Bloomsbury, 2017); and with Joshua Kotin, “The Cantos and Pedagogy” (Modernist Cultures 2017).

Peter Gillies is a poet and painter based in Falmouth. His work has been shown in Italy, France and Germany, as well as in the UK. He has received several artist’s awards from ACE and he has twice been artist-in-residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. His publications include Sintesi (with Andreas Kramer, 2003), Passaggio (2005) and A Music Box of Snakes (with Rupert Loydell, 2011). In 2016 he completed his PhD at PlymouthUniversity entitled Painterly Poetics. Most recently his writing has been published in Stride, Decals of Desire, International Times and Norwich Arts Review.

Gavin Selerie was born in London, where he still lives. His books include Azimuth (1984), Roxy (1996), Le Fanu’s Ghost (2006) and Hariot Double (2016)—all long sequences with linked units. These texts often have a visual dimension and Selerie has collaborated extensively with artist-poet Alan Halsey; he has also worked with musicians in performance. Music’s Duel: New and Selected Poems 1972-2008 was published by Shearsman in 2009. Critical work includes studies of Charles Olson and Edward Dorn. Selerie’s memoir of the London poetry scene 1970-1989 appeared in Clasp, ed. Robert Hampson & Ken Edwards (2016).

Carol Watts is Professor of Literature and Poetics at the University of Sussex. Her most recent poetry includes Dockfield (Equipage, 2017), and the collection When Blue Light Falls(Shearsman, 2018). She often collaborates with others in making work across forms.

Rhys Trimble is a Bilingual poet / performer based in Bethesda, North Wales originally from Pontneddfechan. An experienced performer/improvisor interested in medieval welsh language & bilingual poetry, music/poetry, collaborations, digital-art and avant garde writing practices. Recent work includes performances at Dinefwr Festival (click here to see it), Blinc Digital Arts festival, and Eisteddfod 2012 (click here to see it), Aberystwyth Drwm as a member of prosiect Datgeiniaeth – Datgan cerddi penpastwn with Twm Morys, Gareth Sion and Peter Greenhill ( Editor of Ctrl+Alt+Del. Ezine. He has a PhD in creative writing.

Penny Hallas has lived in Wales since 1979. She is both an artist and an art psychotherapist, two activities which inform and nourish one another. Widely exhibited in Wales, in recent years she has been involved in a number of collaborations with poets and other artists, using film and recorded sound as well as painting and drawing. Past and current work can be seen on her website:

Graham Hartill was born in the industrial West Midlands in 1952 and now lives near Crickhowell. He is currently writer-in-residence at HMP Parc, Bridgend, South Wales and teaches on the Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes MSc for the Metanoia Institute. He has published widely, both poetry, papers on facilitation and co-translations from classical Chinese. Publications include: Selected Poems of Cao Zhi, (with Wu- Fu-Sheng), The Commercial Press, Beijing, 2014; Chroma, Hafan, Swansea, 2012; A Winged Head, Parthian, Carmarthen, 2007; The Poems of Ruan Ji, (with Wu Fu-Sheng) Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing, 2006; Cennau’s Bell (Selected Poems), The Collective Press, Abergavenny, 2005; Tilt (with Ric Hool and John Jones), The Collective Press, Abergavenny, 1996; Ruan Ji’s Island / (Tu Fu) In The Cities, Wellsweep Press, London, 1988

John Goodby. Born in Birmingham, universitied in Yorkshire, taught in Ireland, living since 1994 in Wales. Lectures at Swansea University and is editor of the new Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas; has been co-editor of Irish and Welsh issues of Angel Exhaust, and published, with Shearsman, Illennium (2010).

Redell Olsen’s recent publications include two bookworks: Mox Nox and Smock (2017). Other books include: Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014), ‘Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel’ (Subpress, 2012), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004), ‘Book of the Fur’ (rem press 2000), and, in collaboration with the bookartist Susan Johanknecht, ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn, 2004) collaborates with Drew Milne at the art / life divide on Electric Crinolines projects

Paige Mitchell lives in Hereford. She has been keen on Merce Cunningham since the early 1970s.

Drew Milne’s collected poems, In Darkest Capital were published by Carcanet in late 2017. He is the Judith E Wilson Lecturer in Drama & Poetry, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge and a fellow of Corpu?s Christi College. He collaborates with Redell Olsen at the art / life divide on Electric Crinolines projects

Anthony Mellors‘ recent work includes Sylphs (with Penny Hallas: Five Seasons Press), Confessional Sonnets (Aquifer Books), and Song Cycle (with Chris Moss for the 2018 Swaledale Festival). He has just completed a book based on Schubert‘s Winterreise.

Sarah Rhys is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol and Llandeilo. Her recent project Coal Tree Salt Sea toured various venues in Wales including Abergavenny Museum. She published a book of that name last year with Coal Tree Press. The work started as a response to a mining village in South Wales, it involved an event around an installation in the landscape with poetry and music, later an exploration of a salt mine in Poland and an installation in Prague. Sarah taught for 16 years both in Bristol and Brittany.

Gillian Hipp is a Movement and Dance practitioner and course leader of the BA(Hons) Performing Arts course at Hereford College of Arts. Having studied Dance at Roehampton University she was quickly introduced to the Cunningham Dance technique, as well as his choreographic methods. Gillian is currently completing her PhD at Worcester University in the Business Research Department, looking into how movement practices can impact the well-being of employees in the workplace.


Another one for the diary:

Projectivisms – a symposium on related themes – is taking place in Cardiff on the weekend prior to the Black Mountain College celebration. Information about this event can be found here:




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