Adam Lowe is an award-winning writer, publisher and creative producer from Leeds, who now lives in Manchester. He is UK LGBT History Month Poet Laureate and was the Olympic poet for Yorkshire in 2012. He currently teaches at the University of Leeds (on the MA in Writing for Performance & Publication) and is a tutor for The Poetry School.
Adam founded the LGBT emerging writers programme, Young Enigma, supported by Commonword and Arts Council England. He is also the Greater Manchester Enabler for Eclipse Theatre’s Slate project, supporting artists of colour in the region and manages Peepal Tree Press’ publicity and social media.
Adam’s poetry ranges from traditional forms (sonnets, Sapphic verse, couplets) to more experimental forms, taking in classical and contemporary influences. He is as much inspired by ancient Mayan eschatology as by Manchester’s Polari revival, and writes from a unique standpoint as a mixed race queer person living in the city. He comes from a working class, matriarchal Caribbean-Irish-British family in Leeds, where he grew up in the inner-city parishes of Chapeltown and Armley, and this informs both his politics and his poetics.
In terms of fiction, his work is often feminist and socialist, and draws from genres such as science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. You can read an excerpt from his award-nominated novella Troglodyte Rose at Wattpad.
His life writing encompasses prose memoir, theatre and poetry, and his performances are often intimate, confessional and playful. He often incorporates queer and Caribbean performance elements (spoken word, drag, jazz, song) into his work.
Adam is a graduate of The Complete Works II and has trained in directing at HOMEmcr and the Royal Exchange. He has toured the UK and performed overseas, including at the Critical Mixed Race conference in Chicago. He has appeared in a wide range of settings, including schools, universities, prisons, festivals and nightclubs, and has worked with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and English PEN.
His work has appeared in print and online in such anthologies and magazines as Noble Dissent: A demonstration of poetry that toes no lines, Not a Drop: Just Oceans of Poetry, My Dear Watson: The Very Elements in Poetry, Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt Publishing), Ten: The New Wave (ed. by Karen McCarthy-Woolf; Bloodaxe), The Guardian, SPOKE: New Queer Voices, Flicker and Spark, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (ed. by Saul Williams), Word Riot, Unlikely Stories, The Cadaverine, Chimeraworld, The Leeds Guide, Kaleidotrope, Cake, Tangled Roots, Vada Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph’s LGBT History Month Magazine, OUTburst: Schools OUT UK’s Official Guide to LGBT History Month, PoetCasting.co.uk, Bent, and Ex Plus Ultra. Adam’s academic writing has appeared at eSharp (University of Glasgow). In 2009 his debut novella, Troglodyte Rose, was also released in limited edition hardback by Cadaverine Publications.