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Dr Agnes Lehoczky

M.A. (Pázmány Péter University of Hungary (1994-2001), East Anglia (2006)), Ph.D. (UEA)

Convenor of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Creative Writing and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

poet, academic and translator

A.Lehoczky@sheffield.ac.uk

+44 (0)114 222 8467 | (internal extension) 28467 | Jessop West 5.15

Overview

I studied for my Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pázmány Péter University of Hungary (1994-2001) then completed a Creative Writing MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia with a distinction in 2006. I obtained a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at UEA in 2011. The research ran under the supervision of Professor Denise Riley, Dr George  Szirtes and Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod where I was also teaching Creative Writing Poetry and Prose modules on the Undergraduate Programme in 2008-2010.

My previous poetry collections published in the UK are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012) and Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014). I also have three poetry collections in Hungarian: ikszedik stáció (Universitas, 2000), Medalion (Universitas, Budapest, 2002) and Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015). I was the winner of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award 2010 and the inaugural winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011.I was Hungary's representative poet for Poetry Parnassus at Southbank Centre during London's Cultural Olympiad in Summer 2012.

My collection of essays, Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance on the poetry of Ágnes Nemes Nagy, was published in 2011, and my libretto commissioned by Writers' Centre Norwich & The Voice Project was performed at Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2011. I co-edited Sheffield Anthology; Poems from the City Imagined (Smith / Doorstop, 2012) with Adam Piette. My chapbook, Poems from the Swimming Pool with some of the early work on swimming pools, was published by Constitutional Information in 2015 and my pamphlet, Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters, was published by Boiler House Press in 2017.

My latest full collection Swimming Pool came out by Shearsman Books (Autumn, 2017) and I've recently co-edited two anthologies: The World Speaking Back To Denise Riley with Zoë Skoulding (Boiler House Press, 2018) and Wretched Strangers, Borders, Movement, Homes with J. T. Welsch (Boiler House Press, 2018).

I am Co-director for the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, University of Sheffield and Contributing Advisor to Blackbox Manifold literary journal. My work has been anthologized in the UK and Hungary and appeared, among others, in The World Record (Bloodaxe, 2012), Dear World & Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013), Atlantis (Spirit Duplicator, 2016), The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem; From Baudelaire to Anne Carson (Penguin, 2018), A századelő irodalma (a three-volumed anthology of Hungarian contemporary literature, ed. Gábor Zsille, Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2017), The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (forthcoming; eds. Anne Caldwell & Oz Hardwick, Valley Press, 2019) and digital Archive of the Now (ed. Andrea Brady).

Research and Writing

My research focuses on 20th century and contemporary poetry and prose; on phenomenology; the correlation which interlinks inner and outer geographies, such as psyche (memory, history and selves), language (of the poem)/art and transnational, transcultural landscapes; the synergy of both feeling and thinking; the symbiosis which exists in liminalities, paradoxes and perpetual crisis within the poetic/artistic space.

I am the poetry editor of Route 57 and Blackbox Manifold’s contributing advisors.

I co-direct the Centre for Poetry and Poetics and run its Sheffield Poetry Series. (Centre for Poetry and Poetics)

Teaching

I am Convenor of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Creative Writing.

At present I convene both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Creative Writing within the School of English. At Undergraduate Level I teach Level 1 Introduction to Creative Writing (Lit 109 /Autumn & Lit 111/Spring); Level 2 Creating Poetry (Lit219/Spring) and Level 3 Creative Writing Poetry (Lit3063/Autumn).

At Postgraduate level I teach Creative Writing Poetry 2 (Lit 6044) and Prose 2 (lit6042) in the Spring term within the MA in Creative Writing Programme. I also contribute to the teaching of Contemporary British Poetry (Lit 6150/Autumn) as well as to Narrative: Story, Structure, Meaning (EGH640).

I contribute to Level 1 Studying Poetry (Lit 108/Spring) with lectures and seminars.

I supervise PhDs in Creative Writing (Poetry) and the creative component of PhD students' research in poetry.

Along with teaching creative writing, I am also the editor of Route 57’s Poetry Section and I run various other extra curricular creative writing projects at the University of Sheffield with Professor Adam Piette.

Prior to teaching Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield, I taught Creative Writing for several years on the undergraduate programme at UEA.

I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

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Publications

Only full collections and major works are listed.

Books/ full poetry collections

  • Swimming Pool (Shearsman Books, 2017, with 'guest texts' by Denise Riley, Adam Piette and Terry O'Connor)
  • Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014)
  • Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012)
  • Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008)

Pamphlets

  • Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters (Boiler House Press, 2017, with an epigraph by way of introduction by Denise Riley)
  • Poems from the Swimming Pool (Constitutional Information, December, 2015) 

Poetry collections in Hungarian

  • Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015)
  • Medalion (Universitas, 2002)
  • Ikszedik stáció (Universitas, Budapest, 2000)

Academic Publications/Monograph

  • Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance, Four Essays on the Poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011)

Recent Editorial Work

  • The World Speaking Back ... to Denise Riley (International anthology) eds. Ágnes Lehóczky and Zoë Skoulding, with a Preface by Ágnes Lehóczky (Boiler House Press, 2018)
  • Wretched Strangers (anthology of poets’ writing on transnationalism co-edited with J. T. Welsch, Boiler House Press, 2018)

Articles, editorial introductions

  • 'Endnotes on Disobedient Poetries, Paper Citizens, and Other Agoras,' in Wretched Strangers (Boiler House Press, 2018) eds. Ágnes Lehóczky and J. T. Welsch, (pp 311-322)
  • 'In Defence of Paradoxes: A Preface', in The World Speaking Back to Denise Riley (Boiler House Press, 2018), eds. Ágnes Lehóczky and Zoë Skoulding, (pp xi-xvii)
  • 'Scribbling In That Other Tongue,' (essay with 3 poems) in Poetry Wales, April, 2012 (pp31-33)
  • 'Conducting Cacophony,' in In Their Own Words - Contemporary Poets on Their Poetry, eds. Helen Ivory and George Szirtes (Salt, 2012) (pp45-51)

Honours and Poetry Awards

  • The Jane Martin National Poetry Prize of Girton College, Cambridge, 2011
  • Representative Poet of Hungary: Poetry Parnassus, Southbank Centre, London, 2012
  • Bertha Bulcsu-Award (August 2012, Budapest)
  • The Arthur Welton Award of the Authors' Foundation/Society of Authors in support of my second collection of poems in English, 2010

Journals & Anthologies:

My work appeared in: English (Oxford Journals), Blackbox Manifold, PN Review, Molly Bloom, Datableed, Para-text, Atlantis (Spirit Duplicator), The Wolf, 3:AM Magazine, Locomotive Journal, Long Poem Magazine, Poetry Wales, electric-wood-spectra (Arc Furnace), citybooks, The Ofi Press, S/S/Y/K (Issues 1-5), In Their Own Words (Salt), Dear World and Everyone in It (Bloodaxe), The Other Room (anthology), The Sheffield Anthology (Smith/Doorstop), Free Verse, Some Roast Poet, Make It New, the Chicago Review , Archive of the Now and recently in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, edited by Jeremy Noel-Tod (Penguin, 2018). My work translated into various languages also appeared in Kluger Hans, Confluences Poetiques, Arterie, но поезия /No Poesia & citybooks.


Archival:


Other Works/Commissions

  • The North by North West Poetry Tour in Sheffield (collab reading with Terry O'Connor and others in Bank Street Arts, February, 2017) Collaborative performance with Terry O'Connor
  • No: Swimming pool poem as part of No Performance, theatre performance (Terry O'Connor), performed on the 8th of June, UoS.
  • Long Poem Project: Poem in collab with Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese in Long Poem, Summer, 2017 originally performed in Lodz Literary Festival, December 2016.
  • Atlantis Project: Poem ('Word One') collaboration with artist Lizzy Stewart) in Atlantis anthology (Spirit Duplicator, June, 2016)
  • Enemies Project: Reading with Astrid Alben, Camaradefest II, Rich mix, London, 25th of October, 2014, http://www.weareenemies.com/camaradefestii.html
  • A sequence of prose poems on psycho-geographic aspects of Sheffield commissioned by 'Citybooks Sheffield' which is an EU-sponsored project in which the University of Sheffield works closely with the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren in Brussels. Five authors, a
  • photographer and a video artist will create a unique portrait of the city of Sheffield, an alternative travel guide, which will be available in three languages: English, French and Dutch. Sheffield is the UK representative in this web-based project coordinated for Sheffield by Henriette Louwerse, Germanic Studies/SOMLAL.Libretto commissioned by Writers' Centre Norwich and Norwich and Norfolk Festival 2011 (with two other poets: George Szirtes and Andrew McDonnell): The Proportions of the Temple was performed by The Voice Project as a world premier performance in May 2011, Norwich Cathedral.

Editorial:

  • The Sheffield Anthology, Poems from the City Imagined, eds. Agnes Lehoczky, Adam Piette, Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom (Smith/Doorstop, 2012) https://inpressbooks.co.uk/products/the-sheffield-anthology-poems-from-the-city-imagined
  • Wordwards, eds. Adam Piette, Agnes Lehoczky and Matthew Cheeseman, (Mass Observation, 2012)
  • Ebenezer Elliott, Corn Law Rhymer: Poems of Sheffield & Environs, eds. Adam Piette and Agnes Lehoczky, foreword by Alan Halsey and Adam Piette (Issue 8, Route 57)
  • Route 57, Poetry, Issue 8 (2012-present, published annually)

Translation:

  • I Killed my Mother - Andras Visky’s play translated by Agnes Lehoczky & Ailisha O'Sullivan (for the Rosemary Branch Theatre Performance, produced by Summer Dialogues Productions and presented in partnership with the Hungarian Cultural Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute, London, March, 2013)
  • New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation, ed. George Szirtes (Arc Publications, 2010)
  • Poems by Kemény István and Virág Erdős. (Hungarian Quarterly, April, 2010)
  • Poems and essays by Agnes Nemes Nagy, Zsuzsa Takács, György Somlyó, Imre Korizs and Ákos Gyorffy in Hungarian Literature Online: poems (www.hlo.hu) 2009
  • Poems by Lavinia Greenlaw. (Nagyvilág, 2008, Hungary)

Featuring on Radio

  • Kossuth Radio, reading, Hungarian National Radio, 11th of April, National Poetry Day, Budapest, 2016.
  • Kossuth Radio, 10th of April, 2015 / Also (recorded) reading at the Mikroszkop Szinpad/Thalia Theatre Budapest.
  • Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2014 / Also (recorded) reading at the Thalia Theatre.
  • Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2013 / Also (recorded) reading at the Mikroszkop Szinpad, Budapest.
  • Kossuth Radio, 11th of April, 2012 / Also reading at the Mikroszkop Szinpad, Budapest.
  • Magyar Radió 1 (MR1) – Hungarian Main Radio Station 1. National Poetry Day. 8th of April, 2011.
  • BBC The Forum – a World of Ideas, with Guy Deutscher and Claude M. Steele – End of June, 2010.