Kingston Connections 2013

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Kingston Connections starts in The Rose Theatre Kingston today. An exciting collaboration between the university, Royal Borough of Kingston, The Rose and Creative Youth, we are offering a heady mixture of dance, talks, poetry, theatre, music, writing workshops, science discussions. There’s even the chance to be part of a psychology experiment. Come along and join in!

Highlights today include a talk on genes (10:30am), a poetry reading (12:00pm) and a free workshop on self-publishing (5:30pm).

The full programme (as a PDF) and booking information is available on the Rose Theatre website.

MFA lecturers, tutors and writers in residence to be featured include:

Monday, 24 June 2013, 3:30-5:30pm, Rose Theatre – novelists Adam Baron & James Miller in conversation. Why Do You Write?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, Rose Theatre – poet Jane Yeh reads with Emily Berry.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 6:00-7:00pm, Rose Theatre – author Courttia Newland discusses how he has used his own life in his fiction. Life Writing: A Life in Fiction: autobiography and the novel. **Editor’s note: We regret to announce that Courttia’s talk has been cancelled. There are still lots of great events on this week, though, so get thee to Kingston!

Kingston students, alumni and staff can get free or reduced admission to most events!

Athens International Creative Writing Summer School

Ever fancied a life of travel and writing? Well some of our MFA teachers will be living that life this summer and you can too. Kingston Writing School and the British Council are proud to announce the International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece from 17 June – 13 July 2013. This program of two and four week sessions are open to everyone. Download the application here.

MFA tutors who will be teaching are: Rachel Cusk, Jane Yeh, Fiona Sampson, James Miller, Jonathan Barnes and Adam Baron. Additionally, other sessions will be led by Siobhan Campbell, Paul Perry and Todd Swift who all teach at Kingston University and supervise dissertations. You can find out more about the tutors by clicking on the links to their author profiles or by visiting the staff page of the Kingston Writing School website.

Athens International Creative Writing School


Access the invitation as a PDF here.

Find out more on the British Council website or on the Kingston Writing School website.


Rachel Cusk & Jane Yeh Reading

We are excited to announce that two Kingston MFA teachers, Rachel Cusk, Reader, and Jane Yeh, Senior Lecturer, will be doing a free, public event next Wednesday at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. You are all invited to come to the event. If you are a prospective student, this will be a great opportunity to meet some lecturers and current Kingston students. Please see below to book a free ticket.


An Evening with Jane Yeh and Rachel Cusk

03 April 2013, 7:00pm

Waterstones Piccadilly

203/206 Piccadilly

London W1J 9HD


Here’s the official blurb:

Waterstones Piccadilly and Kingston Writing School are proud to present the first in a series of events showcasing the work of Kingston lecturers and alumni. Join us for a glass of wine as highly acclaimed novelist Rachel Cusk discusses teaching creative writing with poet Jane Yeh. This will be followed by a reading from Jane Yeh’s new collection ‘The Ninjas.’

Tickets are free but all places must be reserved in advance by contacting the store on 02078512400 or emailing


Promotional image courtesy of KWS & Waterstones

Promotional image courtesy of Waterstones and Kingston Writing School


Find out more at the Waterstones Piccadilly website or the Kingston Writing School website.

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh is a poet who was born in America and educated at Harvard University. She holds master’s degrees from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first full-length collection, Marabou, was published in 2003 by Metre Editions. Her next collection, The Ninjas, was launched on the 8th of November 2012 and was published by Carcanet.

Currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University, she also teaches residential courses for Arvon and writes on books, theatre, fashion and sport for publications including The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Time Out, and The Village Voice. Her poem, “On Ninjas”, is currently available online at the Boston Review. Her poem “Yesterday,” appears in the new Forward Book of Poetry 2013 (Faber), and her poem “The Birds” can be found in the anthology The Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt).  Both books were published this October.

She has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a residency at Yaddo. She lives in London. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @janeyeh3

Jane recently led an Advanced Critical Reading seminar for the MFA in Creative Writing and, as a part of our series of lecturer/writer profiles (search “writer profiles” on the right for the series), has provided a list of recommended reading.

A few of Jane’s favourite (poetry) things:

Anthology of Modern American Poetry’s website, full of interesting material:

Behn, Robin and Chase Twichell, eds., The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach (London: HarperResource, 1992)

Brock-Broido, Lucie, The Master Letters (New York: Knopf, 1997)

Dickinson, Emily, The Complete Poems (London: Faber, 1976)

Donne, John, The Collected Poems of J

ohn Donne (London: Wordsworth Editions, 1994)

Donnelly, Timothy, The Cloud Corporation (London: Picador, 2011)

Hill, Geoffrey, Mercian Hymns (London: Deutsch, 1975)

Minnis, Chelsey, Zirconia (New York: Fence, 2001)

Morley, David, The Invisible Kings (Manchester: Carcanet, 2007)

Plath, Sylvia, Ariel: The Restored Edition (London: Faber, 2007)

Ramazani, Jahan, The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, vols. 1 and 2

(New York: W.W. Norton, 2003)

Verse Daily website:

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Jane Yeh for the reading list, photo and biography. The biography was adapted from the author’s website,

Jane Yeh Recommends Readings in London

Jane Yeh is an American poet living in London. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston University where she will be leading the Advanced Critical Reading module for MFA students tomorrow. Below, she extends two invitations to interested students.

1) The Society Club (a great bookshop/cafe-bar in Soho) invites you to an evening of poetry with readings from Martina Evans, Denise Saul and Róisín Tierney, with introduction by poet and publisher of the Rack Press, Nicholas Murray. Admission free. Tuesday, 6 November 6:30 – 8:30. Bios & address:

2) I will be reading with Michael Schmidt, Dan Burt & Shanta Acharya on Thursday, 8 November, 8-10pm at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG (a community arts centre in a handsome house a short walk from Archway tube station). There will be inexpensive refreshments and an interval after the first 2 readers. Tickets cost GBP5/3 concessions. See if you want to book in advance. This reading will serve as the de facto launch of my new collection, The Ninjas, which has just been published. Hope to see you there!

Structuring Poetry with Jane Yeh

For poet Jane Yeh’s Advanced Critical Reading class in week 7, please read the poems listed below and consider the following question:

How do poets use elements like sentences, line breaks (enjambment), and stanzas to structure their poems? What kinds of structures (arc/movement/progression) are at play in these poems?


Finding My Bearings – Martha Kapos, My Nights in Cupid’s Palace (2003)

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota – James Wright (1927-1980), Above the River: The Complete Poems (1990)

Housekeeping – Lucie Brock-Broido, The Master Letters (1995)

[listen mother, he punched the air; I am not your son dying] – D.A. Powell, Cocktails (2004)

Freddie – Patrick Rosal, Uprock Headspin… (Persea Books, 2004)

The Captain of the 1964 Top of the Form Team – Carol Ann Duffy, Mean Time (1993)

Happy as the Day Is Long – James Tate, Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994)

The Hummingbirds – Adam Thorpe, Nine Lessons From the Dark (2003)

The Colonel – Caroline Forche, The Country Between Us (1981)

Taking in Wash – Rita Dove, Thomas and Beulah (1986)

(Stills) – 2 poems from a sequence by Kevin Young, Black Maria (2004)


Hope you’re all enjoying a very enriching reading week.


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