Joseph employs a syncretic, diasporic and highly innovative blend of genres and styles, providing an example of how diaspora becomes subject, inspiration and rationale for the innovative use of form, while experimental traditions enable him to show the diaspora in a fresh light.
Dr. Lauri Ramey
The leader of the Black avant garde in Britain
Ikley Literature Festival.
“afro-blue to astro-black and what glimmers in between” -
One of the UK's most exciting and innovative voices, poet, novelist, musician and lecturer Anthony Joseph was born in Trinidad and has lived in the UK since 1989. He is the author of three poetry collections, Desafinado, 1994, Teragaton, 1997 and Bird Head Son, 2009, a spoken word CD Liquid Textology: Readings From The African Origins of UFOs and a novel The African Origins of UFOs published by Salt Publishing in November 2006.
In 2004 Joseph was selected by renaissance one, Decibel and the Arts Council of England as one of fifty Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature, appearing in the historic Great Day photo. In 2005 he was selected as the British Council’s first Poet in residence at California State University,Los Angeles.
Joseph "voodoo punk" band The Spasm Band released their debut album 'Leggo de Lion' (Kindred Spirits) in 2007. Their most recent album is 'Bird Head Son' (Naive/Heavenly Sweetness, 2009)
Joseph currently lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is completing a PhD at Goldsmiths College.
His new album with the Spasm Band 'Rubber Orchestras'is released in September 2011 followed by his new poetry collection of the same title in October by Salt Publishing.