Maggie O'SULLIVAN (Great Britain)
Maggie O'Sullivan (1951, Lincoln, England) – poet, artist, editor, publisher. Started her creative literary and artistic activities in the early 1970s. She is the author of sixteen poetry books and editions of a visual-poetic and experimental nature, including: Concerning Spheres (Bristol: Broken Ground, 1982), A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts (Hebden Bridge: Magenta Ed., 1985), States Of Emergency (Oxford: ICPA, 1987), Unofficial Word (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Galloping Dog, 1988), Ellen’s Lament (Toronto: Pushy Broadsheets, 1993), In The House Of The Shaman (London: Reality Street Ed., 1993), That Bread Should Be (London: RWC #35, 1996), Red Shifts (Buckfastleigh, Devon: Etruscan Books, 2000) and others. For many years she has been a member of the “Writers Forum Experimental Poetry and Performance Workshops,” an association of experimental poets and literary men headed by B. Cobbing (London), where regular seminars have been held for more than forty years. Within the publishing program “Writers Forum Press” she has published a number of poetry books, including: An Incomplete Natural History (London, 1984), Un-Assuming Personals (London, 1985), From The Handbook Of That & Furriery (London, 1986), EXCLA (in collab. with B. Andrews, London, 1984). Since the 1970s she has been actively involved in poetry readings, and participated in various international poetic festivals in the USA, Canada and European countries, as well as at numerous universities: of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, and also at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), New Hampshire (USA), and Brno (Czech Republic). For about twenty years O'Sullivan has been engaged in the educational activities, she regularly holds workshops and creative courses, for many years she has been supervising a literary course “Writing in Action” of the well known in Britain association Workers’ Educational Association (Hebden Bridge), and for ten years she has been delivering a course “Creative Writing and Poetry” in the Open College of the Arts. Her works were frequently published in numerous literary magazines in Great Britain, USA, Austria, Canada, France and elsewhere, including: Interstate 17 (Austin, Texas), Orte (Zurich), Talisman (Boston), West Coast Line (Burnaby), IF (Marseilles), Host (Brno) and many others. Examples of O'Sullivan’s poetry are represented in numerous international anthologies, including: The New British Poetry: 1968-1988 (London: Paladin, 1988), Floating Capital: New Poets from London (Connecticut: Potes & Poets, 1991), Verbi Visi Voco: A Performance of Poetry (London: Writers Forum, 1992), 50: A Celebration of Sun & Moon Classics (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon, 1995), Poems For The Millenium (Univ. Of California Press, 1998), Word Score Utterance Choreography (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Different British Voices: Poetry, Locality, Plurality (Brno: Votobia, 2000), Modern British And Irish Poetry (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2001) and others. In 1996 she published a basic anthology of contemporary poetry: out of everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (London: Reality Street Editions, 1996). Maggie O'Sullivan lives and works in Hebden Bridge (Western York, Great Britain).