Welcome

Welcome to my personal blog, whose purposes seem to change quite frequently, depending on what I’m up to, but include a space to share bits of my visual poetry, and, when I’m lucky, informal interviews with poets whose work I admire.

I’m currently in the process of moving my visual poetry over to a new portfolio where I can organise it a little easier. I’ll still post some new work up here, though.

If you have any questions about my work please contact me using the form on this page. It’s always nice to hear from you.

Bio

I am Sarah-Jane Crowson; a poet, educator and researcher.

Poetry

This year I have visual poetry featured in Otoliths, Petrichor Journal, Random Sample and Le Menteur, and more, or forthcoming in Thrush Journal and Sugar House Review. I am currently the cover artist for Waxwing Journal.

My work has been shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s ‘Touchstone’ award and the Canterbury Festival ‘poet of the year’ award. I’m interested in exploring the space between real and imagined. Inspired by fairytales, nature, psychogeography and surrealism, I use bricolage to investigate the unusual and surprising using words and images.

Education

I’m an educator at Hereford College of Arts, a small, specialist creative arts college in the UK. I am part of the Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) theme two working group, and editor (visual communication) for FE Future Pedagogies. I’m also a member of the steering group for Research Colleges. Forthcoming keynotes (Summer 2021) are for Bedford College Group and opening provocation at Coleg-Sir-Gar (2021).

Between 2016-2018 I worked for the HEFCE-funded Scholarship Project. In 2018-19, I sat on the TEF subject-level panel for Arts and Humanities.

Research

I am a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham City University, where my research looks at alternative educational spaces, investigating the concept of the ‘critical radical rural’. I am passionate about arts education and the power of the arts to reveal the surprising and let us find alternative solutions to complex problems.

You can read more about my research on the CSPACE webpages at BCU.

Social Media

You can find me on twitter at @Sarahjfc and on Instagram at @Sarah_jfc.