Adam Horovitz is a poet and performer. He was born in 1971 in London and raised in Slad, Gloucestershire. He has written poetry since childhood but started to take it seriously in his early 20s, becoming involved in the performance poetry scene and appearing at various festivals, including Glastonbury and Cheltenham Literature Festival. He also took part in the inaugural Days of Poetry and Wine Festival in Slovenia in 1996.
His poetry has appeared in a number of magazines, including Acumen, Ambit, Tears in the Fence, SAW, Tellus, Fourth World Review, Hand + Star, Bare Fiction and New Departures. He has also been published in a number of anthologies, including The Orange Dove of Fiji (Hutchinson, 1989), The Bristol Slam Anthology (Pimps of the Alphabet, 1997), Oral (Sceptre, 1999), Asking a Shadow to Dance (Oxfam DVD, 2009), Split Screen (Red Squirrel, 2011), 1914: Poetry Remembers (Faber, 2013), The Poetry of Sex (Penguin, 2014) and Double Bill (Red Squirrel, 2014). He has also been the poet in residence for Glastonbury Festival website in 2009 and Borkowski PR’s website from 2005 to 2007 (writing satirical poems about ‘celebrities, politicians and other scoundrels’).
Since 2000, he has concentrated more on the written word whilst still taking a keen interest in the live presentation of poetry. His self-published first pamphlet, Next Year in Jerusalem, was released in 2004. Another pamphlet, The Great Unlearning, was published in 2009. His first full collection of poetry, Turning, was published by Headland in 2011. He was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2012 and his memoir of growing up in 1970s and 80s Cider with Rosie country, A Thousand Laurie Lees, was published by the History Press in 2014. He was a judge for the Manchester Poetry Prize and the inaugural Bare Fiction poetry prize in 2014 and a pamphlet of poems written as the Stroud Museum in the Park’s first poet in residence, Waiting for the Flame (Yew Tree Press) was released in November 2014. He was chosen as one of the first wave of Versopolis poets by Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015. He is currently the 2015/2016 Herefordshire poet in residence.
Since poetry takes a considerable time to pay, he has supported himself over the years with a number of jobs, including work for the Glastonbury Festival website, as arts editor for the Stroud News and Journal, ghostwriting, copy writing for a PR company, sheep dipping, bar work and more.
“Tactful and tactile, he has his own true voice, speaking his occasionally disturbing material with a light yet firm touch.” Anthony Rudolf, The Jewish Quarterly on Next Year in Jerusalem.
“Horovitz writes with great delicacy about relationships and the natural world, sometimes baldly countered with an almost gothic sense of unresolved psychic violence” Martyn Crucefix, Poetry London, on Turning
“Horovitz notes the seasonal whims of flora and fauna with the eye of a modern Richard Jeffries…” Michael Caines, The TLS, on A Thousand Laurie Lees.
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