School of English


MA, PhD, Kent

My research primarily covers American and British literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on innovative and experimental poetry from the 1970s to the present day. I am especially interested in the intersections between literature, the visual and the performing arts, culture, politics, and philosophy.

My forthcoming monograph, Event & Effect: Studies in Poetry and Performance 1950-1980, will feature a series of case studies of individual performance events from this period. These include Charles Olson’s participation in Cage’s Theatre Piece ♯1; the First International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall; Denise Riley’s first public performance at the Cambridge Poetry Festival in 1977; Eric Mottram’s Pollock Record; and the numerous incarnations of Allen Fisher’s Blood Bone Brain. In addition to relevant historical and political contexts, these case studies draw heavily upon archival research, a well as the theories of Deleuze & Guattari, Lefevbre, Whitehead, and others.

In addition, I am currently exploring the role of collage and graffiti in the recent publications of Allen Fisher and Ulli Freer, and conducting research for a monograph on the politics of graphic novels. This second project will examine a range of graphic novels from the 1980s to the present day with a view towards interrogating their relationship to themes including identity politics, neo-liberal capitalism, contemporary protest movements, and anarchy.

Contact Information


Office: W4.E7 (Rutherford)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Virtanen, J. (2017). Poetry and Performance During the British Poetry Revival 1960-1980 : Event and Effect. [Online]. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2016). -LAND. [Online]. Norfolk, UK: Oystercatcher Press. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2014). Back Channel Apraxia. [Online]. London, UK: Contraband Books. Available at:
Book section
Virtanen, J. (2014). Allen Fisher Reading: Facture,'Atkins Stomp',and Ezra Pound. in: Parker, R. ed. News from Afar: Ezra Pound and Some Contemporary British Poetires. Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, pp. 194-211. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2016). Writing on: Context and Visual Culture in Recent Works of Allen Fisher and Ulli Freer. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry [Online] 8:1-34. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2014). 'on-fold worldly-cares': Metrical Cookery with Bill Griffiths. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry [Online] 6:85-100. Available at:
Internet publication
Virtanen, J. (2012). 'NO ONE REMAINS, NOR IS, ONE: Olson, Black Mountain and Theater Piece #1' [text]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2016). Review: Brian Catling, The Vorrh (Coronet, 2016, 512pp, £8.99). Foundation 45.3:123-126.
Virtanen, J. (2015). Juha Virtanen Reviews Joshua Clover, Red Epic. Shearsman Review [Online]:1-2. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2014). Bill Griffiths, 'Collected Poems and Sequences (1981-90), reviewed by Juha Virtanen Halsey, A. ed. Shearsman Review [Online]:1-2. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2014). 'Seven Pamphlets From Knives Forks And Spoons Press'. Tears in the Fence:152-154.
Virtanen, J. (2012). 'A Colloquium on the work of Bill Griffiths' held at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 27 January 2012. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry [Online] 4:116-127. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 12 [See all in KAR]
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Research supervision

I would be interested in supervising students who are researching any area of contemporary literature, especially if the work seeks to combine literature, the visual arts, and/or performance with socio-political and philosophical topics. I would also be interested in co-supervising projects that study works from other periods in light of contemporary issues.

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Last Updated: 06/09/2017