Edmund Hardy is a critic, poet and organiser. He was born in Tokyo and is Anglo-Japanese. His book on chiasmus and the history of poetic thinking in language is Complex Crosses (Contraband Books, 2014). Most recently he has spoken about and written articles on race and contemporary poetry; Chinese late T’ang poems; and on solidarity in Marxist philosophies of language.

Email me: edmundhardy@hotmail.com




Selected Publications


  • Complex Crosses (Contraband Books, 2014)
  • Desertion (Arthur Shilling Press, 2011)

Essays in edited collections

  • ‘Forest Hill’ in Mount London edited by Tom Chivers (Penned in the Margins, 2014)

Poetry in edited collections

  • there were our own, there were the others (morning star publications, Trust New Art / National Trust, 2014)
  • VierSomes 000 edited by Stephen Mooney (Veer Books, 2012)
  • Herbarium edited by James Wilkes (Capsule Editions, 2011)


  • ‘Labour’ (Infinite Editions, 2012)


Magazines / Journal Publications

Selected Criticism

  • ‘Review of John Dunn’s Breaking Democracy’s Spell‘ in Radical Philosophy (2015)
  • Various book reviews at Intercapillary Space
  • ‘Review of Complicities edited by Purves and Ladkin’ in Journal of British and Irish Poetry (2013)
  • ‘Paradox of Testimony: Charles Reznikoff’s Holocaust‘, PN Review (2008)
  • ‘Blood Soaked Pastoral: Thomas Bernhard’s Poetry’, PN Review (2006)
  • ‘Sparkling Signatures’, Jacket (2006)
  • ‘Grass Anti-Epic: Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony‘, Jacket (2006)

Selected Poetry Publications

  • Cambridge Literary Review (2015)
  • Hi Zero (2012)
  • Veer About (2011)
  • Openned Zine #4 (2011)
  • Surrey Poetry Festival Magazine (2011)
  • Freaklung (2009)


Curation / Galleries

  • Directed ‘Intercapillary Places’ (2011 to 2014), an events series at Parasol Unit in London as part of each gallery show.
  • Co-organised an event on U.S. avant-garde poetry at Parasol Unit (2013)



Music / Film

  • Short film in collaboration with Amy Cutler as part of  The Enemies Project at Rich Mix, London (2014)
  • ‘El Grillo’ – a live performance with James Wilkes as part of The Enemies Project at Rich Mix, London (2013)
  • ‘Phaeton’ – a song created in collaboration with the composer Louis Chiappetta and the singer Oskar Palmblad performed at Wigmore Hall, London as part of the Birkbeck/ Guildhall School of Music ‘Voiceworks’ project (2012)
  • Music and short films, Feelings events series, London (2012)

Selected Readings

  • The Other Room, Manchester (February, 2018)
  • Poets Live, Paris (2016)
  • Xing the Line, London (2015)
  • ‘there were own, there were the others’ launch, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2014)
  • Viersomes launch, Poetry Library, London (2012)
  • The Dismantled Cabaret (2011)
  • Hi Zero, Brighton (2011)
  • The Situation Room (2010)
  • Crossing the Line – Freaklung, London (2009)


Talks and Seminars

  • Race and Poetry talk at University of Kent (2017)
  • ‘Four Counterparts: Philology and Contemporary Poetry’, Contemporary Innovative Poetry Seminar series organised by Royal Holloway (2016)
  • ‘Bristol Politics and Housing’, Changing Landscapes event at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (2016)
  • ‘Medicine and Power in the rhetoric of poetry’, Parasol Unit, London (2014)
  • ‘For X: Chiasmus’, Amid the Ruins event at Daniel Blau gallery, London (2013)
  • ‘Signs of Consciousness In Poetry’, Surrey Poetry Festival, Guildford (2012)
  • ‘Barbara Guest and colour’, Greenwich Cross-Genre Festival, Greenwich (2011)


Education / Workshops

  • Part of ‘Communist Reading Group’ collective which organised ‘The Economics of Global Turbulence’ workshop at Anti-University (June, 2018)
  • ‘Creative Close Reading’ at Radley School, Oxford (2015)
  • ‘Mapping the Elephant’, a day-long workshop with The Architecture Foundation (2014)


As Publisher / Editor

  • Co-Director of Capsule Editions (with James Wilkes)
  • Intercapillary Editions



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