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Tamar YoseloffWelcome to the website of poet Tamar Yoseloff.

Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US in 1965. Since moving to London in 1987, she has been the organiser of the Terrible Beauty reading series at the Troubadour Coffee House, Reviews Editor of Poetry London magazine, and from 2000 to 2007, Programme Coordinator for The Poetry School. She currently works as a freelance tutor in creative writing.

A pamphlet collection (Fun House, Slow Dancer Press, 1994) was followed by her first full collection, Sweetheart (Slow Dancer Press, 1998), which was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and the winner of the Aldeburgh Festival Prize. She received a New Writers’ Award from London Arts (now Arts Council England, London) for a manuscript in progress, which was eventually published as her second collection, Barnard’s Star (Enitharmon Press, 2004). Fetch was published by Salt in April 2007, at the same time as Marks, collaborative book with the artist Linda Karshan, published by Pratt Contemporary Art. Her most recent collection with Salt, The City with Horns (2011), features a sequence of poems inspired by the life and work of the American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Two recent limited editions, Desire Paths, with Linda Karshan and Galerie Hein Elferink, and Formerly, with photographs by Vici MacDonald (the first publication from a new imprint, Hercules Editions) are published in 2012. Formerly was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in New Poetry. A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems is due from Seren in October 2015.

She was the editor of A Room to Live In: A Kettle’s Yard Anthology, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge (Salt, 2007) and the Poetry Editor of Art World magazine from 2007-2009. She holds a MPhil in Writing from the University of Glamorgan, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University. She teaches for a number of institutions, including Birkbeck, Spread the Word and the Poetry School. In 2005 she was Writer in Residence at Magdalene College, Cambridge, as part of their Year in Literature Festival. She divides her time between London and Suffolk.

Her writing encompasses a wide range of ideas and subjects, but she is particularly interested in the relationship between poetry and visual art, specifically contemporary art. She has run a number of site-specific writing workshops which are concerned with poetry and place.

To contact Tamar, please email her at: tamar@tamaryoseloff.com