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Eva Salzman  


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  • Gives readings of her fiction, poetry and non-fiction across the UK, in the US and in Europe.

  • Freelance journalism and editorial work in the arts - for newspapers, journals, magazines, periodicals and publishers - specialising in music-theatre, theatre, dance, mixed-media, music, film, women's studies, environmentalism, law, politics (gender and otherwise), prison reform and current affairs. 

  • Panels/discussions/talks on writing opera/lyrics, arts and culture, feminism, teaching in Prison and Schools.

  • Book reviews and/or features written about all categories above, in addition to travel, biography, memoir, and essays.

  • Teaches creative writing to all ages and levels; has done extensive work among ethnic minorities and the disabled; proficient in putting across a classical tradition of how poetry works to a wide range of audiences. 

  • Specialises in cross-arts projects with visual artists, dancers, singers, composers, musicians and actors.

  • Is currently working on a novel, some lyrics, libretti and a new collection of poems.


Double Crossing: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe 2004)
A Poetry Book Society Recommendation

The English Earthquake (Bloodaxe 1992)

Bargain With The Watchman (Oxford University Press 1997) 

Widely published in anthologies (fiction, poetry, non-fiction); UK, US and international magazines, periodicals and newspapers (poetry, features, reviews).

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Daring, funny, fierce and musical. Refreshing, dangerous, ironic, always surprising, this is Salzman at her most Salzmannesque. (One Two II: a songbook (Wrecking Ball Press 2003) - Poetry Book Society Special Commendation Spring 2003

'With two published collections to her credit and a remarkable compilation recently made ready for publication, Eva Salzman is one of the most accomplished poets working in Britain today. Perhaps, though, her wit, directness and fresh approach to language, whether fierce or lyrical, may be seen as American qualities... her poetry is always daring yet realistic.  From the first moment I encountered her poetry, I knew that Eva Salzman was the real thing, devoted to a demanding but sparkling art.  She is at the height of her powers at the moment.'  - Peter Porter

'Her imagery can be stunningly beautiful with great lyric power. Eva Salzman is a young poet of proven merit and great potential.'  - William Meredith & Richard Harteis

'Ms Salzman's restless imagination, acute satiric intelligence and formal panache mark her out as one of the finest poets around. Her work has developed from the sharply ironic and often beautiful English Earthquake, through the more ambitious range of Bargain with the Watchman, to her powerful new poems with their slangy immediacy, song-led diction and splendid visual imagery.' - Michael Donaghy

'A major talent...Plenty of bite...the hormones are almost good enough to smell.'   Poetry Review

'With the publication of her second book, the American-born Londoner Salzman joins the front ranks of Britain's "New Gen" poets."  Diann Blakely, The Antioch Review

'Impressive, ingenious...an army of Muses for the sex war...' 
Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times

 'Eva Salzman's latest (work) arrests its reader-listener with the same energy and musical directness of voice as its highly acclaimed predecessor Bargain with the Watchman (OUP 1997)...explores with moving lyricism an idea which haunts much of the compilation - the notion of the missing, the flip side, "beauty's shadow"...Salzman's inventiveness commands attention as much with the ear as with the imagination...her harmonic and metrical skills are at full strength, at their most evocative perhaps in the wonderfully echoing sonnet "Brooklyn Bridge"' - Jane Draycott, Poetry London

'Eva Salzman is one of the most singular and underrated of the wave of younger poets publishing at the moment...'  - Conor O'Callaghan, Times Literary Supplement

 '...une poesie du concret et de l'inavouable, tranchante, lumineuse..." - Daniel Leuwers, Poesie Premiere No. 16

'The particular mix of almost documentary detail, wonderfully sharp portraiture and an over arching irony recalls some of the best modern American writing.' 
Peter McSlov, Poetry North 

'Through her sceptical...slant on life...and fresh diction, Salzman helps to revive the sonnet... cheeky, ironical' 
George Held, American Book Review

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  BBC Radio 3 "The Verb" with Al Alvarez & Peter Blegvad


University of Reading, 10-4:30
Reading & Workshop for International Women's Day, Contact: Penny Hunter - p.b.hunter@reading.ac.uk  or p.v.p.billyeald@reading.ac.uk  

Leeds University - Trinity & All Saints, 10-4, March 9th, Creative Memoir Workshop.
Contact: David Kennedy: d_kennedy@tasc.ac.uk 

Dead Poets Session Readings of Lord Byron & Emily Dickinson by Douglas Dunn & Eva Salzman. 
StAnza, Younger Hall (North St), Free.

"Stateside Poets"
Reading by American poets Eva Salzman & Tamar Yoseloff, 
All Saints Church Hall (North Castle St)
01334 475000, £7 £3.

Version or Translation? Poetry Panel Discussion: Poets & translators debate the processes and pitfalls of interpretation; an open discussion with time for audience questions and participation. Council Chamber (Queens Gardens), £1 on door 

Love Poetry: A thematic creative writing workshop limited to 20 participants
"Can we separate the body and soul when we write about love - let alone experience it? We will read poems, write some poems ourselves and try not to fall in love in the course of the workshop".  
Eva Salzman teaches Arvon courses and co-devised the Open University's Start Writing Poetry course. 
Poetry House, The Scores, £1 on door

Eva Salzman reading with Jane Hirshfield 
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association Gracefield Arts Centre 28 Edinburgh Road Dumfries DG1 1JQ Tel: 01387 253383 Contact: Andrew Forster - andrew@dgaa.net www.dgaa.net 

Eva Salzman reading with Jane Hirshfield An Tuireann Arts Centre Struan Road Portree Isle of Skye IV51 9EG Tel: 01478 613306 
Contact: Katherine MacLeod - education@antuireann.org.uk  www.antuireann.org.uk



Ireland - Cuisle Festival, Limerick 
(w/Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, John Hegley, etc. ) Contact: Dominic Taylor: cuisle2004@eircom.net   


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