Kathryn Maris

Poet, Non-fiction writer
City & Guilds of London School of Art

Kathryn Maris is a poet who, in 2019, won the Ivan Juritz prize for creative experiment for a portion of her latest collection The House with Only an Attic and a Basement (Penguin, 2018). An eponymous exhibition by London artist Pete Swann will open at One Paved Court.
 
Her previous collections are The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006) and God Loves You (Seren, 2013). A selection of her poems appears in Penguin Modern Poets 5 (2017). She has also published a pamphlet, 2008 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016).
 
Kathryn also writes essays questioning orthodoxies in contemporary poetry. In ‘Transgression and Transcendence: Poetry and Provocation’ (Poetry Review, 2017), she examines ‘offensiveness’ and what might be gained when a poem provokes its reader. ‘Damned Universal Cock: Our Whitman Moment’ (The Dark Horse, 2019) reflects on Walt Whitman’s continuing influence, transitioning into an analysis of narcissism, scapegoating and public shaming in critical discourse.
 
She reviews books for the TLS, the New Statesman and other periodicals. Recent reviews include assessments of Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride, Grand Union by Zadie Smith, You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian, What I’m Looking For by Maureen N. McLane and Coventry by Rachel Cusk. 
 
In 2018 she curated an exhibition at A.P.T Gallery of international women artists including Angela Dufresne, Ellen Gallagher, Vera Iliatova, Sunny Kim, Sarah Pickstone and Niamh Riordan. She is poetry editor of Mal, a journal themed around radical approaches to sexuality and gender, and she co-organizes the Poetry and Psychoanalysis conference.

Kathryn Maris

Fellowships

City & Guilds of London School of Art 2020/21