“Voraciously experimental, precociously accomplished.” Poetry International
“Multifaceted, mega-fabricated, louche architecture.” Magma
Jon is a writer, editor and researcher who specialises in hybrid forms and speculative distortion. His poems are not personal confessions, but experiments in the intermeshing of organic and constructed, human and non-human, real and unreal. They are frequently game-like, remade from fragments of other works, or take the form of micro-fantasy stories and intimate examinations.
Poetry London have called him a “poet of fantastic inversions”, but such inversions are just one way of rethinking the poem as an object of readerly play and investigation. His work has been published in The Sunday Times and performed on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in a number of British and international journals. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Poetry London prize in 2014 and 2016.
He edits multi-author books that blend the genre of the poetry anthology with handbooks, catalogues, guides and miscellanies. He has also published academic papers in the field of game studies. A monograph, Dual Wield: The Interplay of Poetry and Videogames, is due out in late 2021 from DeGruyter.