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Adam Horovitz

Poet & Performer

Adam Horovitz is a poet based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He has published two pamphlets and his debut collection, Turning, was published by Headland in 2011. He has had poems published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and has read at festivals from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the 1996 Days of Poetry and Wine festival in Slovenia. He was poet in residence for the Borkowski PR company's website from 2005 to 2007 and for Glastonbury Festival's official website in 2009. In 2010, he was voted onto the Hospital Club 100, a list sponsored by The Independent, and he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2012. His memoir of growing up in the Slad Valley, A Thousand Laurie Lees, was published in June 2014 by the History Press. To support his poetry, he has worked as a barman, sheep dipper, arts editor, ghostwriter, voiceover artist and journalist.

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Adam Horovitz is a poet, journalist and editor. He was born in 1971 in London and raised in Stroud, 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, 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. His self-published first pamphlet, Next Year in Jerusalem, was released in 2004. His most recent pamphlet, The Great Unlearning, was published in 2009. His first full collection of poems, 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.

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


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