Tamar Yoseloff

Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US and moved to London in 1987. She ran the Terrible Beauty reading series at the Troubadour Coffee House, before joining the Poetry School as Programme Coordinator. She is currently a core tutor at the Poetry School.

Her debut book, Sweetheart, won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and was a PBS Commendation. Her collection A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems (Seren) was published in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly (the inaugural chapbook from her publishing venture, Hercules Editions), incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald and shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan (Marks, published by Pratt Original Editions in 2007 and Desire Paths, published in an edition of 10 by Galerie Hein Elferink in 2012) and Nowheres, a privately-produced book with the artist Charlotte Harker in 2015. Both Formerly and Nowheres were featured in exhibitions at the Poetry Café, and Formerly was also the basis for an exhibition at the National Poetry Library.

She has edited A Room to Live In: A Kettle’s Yard Anthology (Salt, 2007) and Lookout: Poetry from Aldeburgh Beach (Lookout Editions, 2017). She was also the Reviews Editions for Poetry London and Poetry Editor of Art World magazine.  

She runs writing courses for galleries including the Hayward, the RA, the National Gallery, the Fitzwilliam, Kettle’s Yard, Somerset House and Tate Liverpool. She has taught for a number of London-based writing organisations including Spread the Word and Birkbeck.

She received an MPhil from the University of Glamorgan in 2003 and a PhD from Aberystwyth University in 2010. She is currently a visiting guest lecturer on the Newcastle/Poetry School MA course in Writing Poetry and the Chair of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group of the Society of Authors.


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Author Events

Wednesday 4th December, 20:00

What is poetry’s relationship with art? Find out at this discussion featuring readings by guest poets Tamar Yoseloff, Claire Collison, Abegail Morley and Kathryn Maris, who read their work. They explore themes such as the visual landscape of the poem, how the poet brings the artist to life, the daily practice of the artist-poet and what ekphrastic poetry does that other forms do not.  Tamar Yoseloff's new collection, The Black Place (Seren 2019), a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. ...

Friday 29th November, 19:00

Join us evening of poetry from Hercules Editions. There will be readings from Martyn Crucefix, Sophie Herxheimer and Jacqueline Saphra, as well as Hercules founder, Tamar Yoseloff, whose latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019)  is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. Martyn Crucefix's most recent collection for Seren was The Lovely Disciplines (2017) in which he displays his characteristic flair, craft and intelligence, Admission is Free.  For further information and to express...

Monday 25th November, 19:00

Seren invites you to the launch of the new collection by Tamar Yoseloff, The Black Place (Seren 2019), a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. The book's subjects include Georgia O'Keeffe, the poet's cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Special guests Tim Dooley, Sue Rose, Claire Crowther and Anne Berkeley. Free Entry.

Saturday 23rd November, 14:00

Tamar Yoseloff will read at the launch of the Loss Issue (Magma 75), where we will celebrate the past, memorialise the lost and look to the future with poems that are beautiful, moving and alive. Come and explore how to reconnect with lost roots, make sense of a country that is losing its unity – and find out how some losses can bring unexpected gains. This issue of Magma features commissioned poems written during a collaboration between poets, counsellors and psychologists. Tamar's new collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the...