Lawrence UPTON (Great Britain)
Lawrence Upton (1949, London, England) – poet, prose writer, essay writer, critic, publisher. Studied at the Kingston University (1976-78, 1979-81), Kings College (London, 1981-82, 1988-89), University of Greenwich (1985-86). Covers a wide range of literary forms – from short stories to novels, and from traditional poetry to its experimental forms (video-visual, sound, action, etc.) In the early 1970s he initiated publishing of a number of poetic magazines: Good Elf (1970), Good Elf Publications (1971), CoarseCrash Press (1973), also worked as a co-editor (with P. Fencott) for the children’s poetry magazine “Arima.” Upton has published numerous books, including the following ones: Mutation (London: Zimmer Zimmer Press, 1977), Morning Humming (Cambridge: Lobby Press, 1978), Found text for voice and action (Newcastle: Galloping Dog Press, 1982), Letters to Eric Mottram and some postcards (London: Form Books, 1997), Collaborations for Peter Finch (in collab. with B. Cobbing, London: Writers Forum, 1997), huming/queuing (London: Writers Forum, 1999), Domestic Ambient Noise ##1-300 (in collab. with B. Cobbing, London: Writers Forum, 1994-2000), Game on a line (San Diego: PaperBrain Press, 2000) and others. He collaborated with various creative literary associations and perform-groups – once being a member of jgjgjgjg (jointly with C. Cheek, P. Fencott, London, 1976-78), annually from 1973 to 1978 he worked with Fylkingen (Stockholm) as a guest author, from 1977 to 1980 he was involved in collaboration, publishing activities and performances with EMAS & West Square Studio (London). Additionally, he wrote voluminously, published, worked as a member of the Bang Crash Wallop (1978-80), Great Escapists (1981-84) and others. He is the author of a large number of articles in the literary magazines, collections, anthologies in Great Britain and abroad, and also of www-publications on various literary sites. Upton’s works are published in a number of catalogues and anthologies such as: Sound Poetry: A Catalogue (Toronto: Underwhich Ed., 1978), Seeing in the dark: A compedium of cinemagoing (London: Serpent’s Tail, 1990), Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Courier: An anthology of concrete and visual poetry (Calgary: Housepress, 1999) and others. He recorded a number of sound poetry pieces for the series “Typical Characteristics” (Balsam Flex), including solo works in collaboration with A. Wanna-Michael, collective releases within “Bang Crash Wallop,” “jgjgjgjg,” and also “Domestic Ambient Noise” (in collab. with B. Cobbing) in Variations 2: A London compilation (London: Paradigm Disks PD05, 1998). Upton organizes numerous sound poetry related activities: he was a member of the secretariat of the British Association of Little Press (1972-77, since 1996, chairman of the association, London), he was a member of the council of the National Poetry Centre (1974-75, from 1975-77, its deputy chairman). Since 1994 he has been director of the literary association “Sub Voicive Poetry” (more than 150 readings and soirees have been held), and the leader of regular colloquia (2nd Sub Voicive Colloquium, 1997; 3rd, 1999, 4th, 2000, 5th, 2001, London). He was the co-organizer (jointly with A. Clarke) of the poetic festival dedicated to B. Cobbing’s 80th birthday “A Day for Bob Cobbing” (2000). Lawrence Upton lives and works in London (Great Britain).