School of English


MA, PhD, Kent

Born in Finland and brought up in The Netherlands, Juha has lived in the UK since 2004. He received his PhD from the University of Kent in 2013.

Juha is the author of Poetry and Performance During the British Poetry Revival 1960-1980: Event and Effect (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). This book examines intersections of poetry and performance during the British Poetry Revival. Its investigations are centred on four specific performance events: The First International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965; Denise Riley’s first public reading at the Cambridge Poetry Festival in 1977; Eric Mottram’s Pollock Record; and Allen Fisher’s Blood Bone Brain. Drawing upon a range of archival resources, recordings, and interviews, each chapter in the book offers detailed 'archaeological' accounts and analyses of these largely unexamined events as well as the potential dialogues between them. These discussions also draw upon the theories of Deleuze and Guattari, Lefevbre, Whitehead, and others. The book additionally features previously unpublished interviews with both Fisher and Riley.

Juha’s recent or ongoing research projects also include work on topics such as the role of collage and graffiti in the recent publications of Allen Fisher and Ulli Freer; the readership of modern poetry; the political implications of supervillains in comics; female poets in the British Poetry Revival; and radical politics in contemporary poetry and poetics.

Juha is also a poet. His writing in this area can be found in Back Channel Apraxia (Contraband Books 2014), -LAND (Oystercatcher Press 2016), as well as a number of small press magazines. He has performed his work across the UK, and sometimes collaborates with musicians. His current poetry project is called Doom Engines.

Juha co-edits the poetry zine DATABLEED together with Dr Eleanor Perry.

Contact Information


School of English, Rutherford W4.E7

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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. Norfolk, UK: Oystercatcher Press.
Virtanen, J. (2014). Back Channel Apraxia. London, UK: Contraband Books.
Book section
Virtanen, J. (2018). '(FROM) Some of its Parts'. In: Lehoczky, A. and Skoulding, Z. eds. The World Speaking Back: To Denise Riley. Norwich, UK: Boiler House Press, pp. 79-79.
Virtanen, J. (2018). Projective Verse. In: Kolocotroni, V. and Taxidou, O. eds. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 301-303.
Virtanen, J. (2018). Black Mountain College. In: Kolocotroni, V. and Taxidou, O. eds. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 46-48.
Virtanen, J. (2018). 'Doom Engine'. In: Lehoczky, A. and Welch, J. eds. Wretched Strangers: Borders Movement Homes. Norwich, UK: Boiler House Press, pp. 296-296.
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 Poetries. Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, pp. 194-211.
Virtanen, J. (2018). 'A Note on Implosions' Virtanen, J. ed. Lighthouse:3-5.
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. (2016). Enhanced Doom Gaming Engine [online publication]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2015). from -LAND [internet]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2012). 'NO ONE REMAINS, NOR IS, ONE: Olson, Black Mountain and Theater Piece #1' [text]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2017). Poetry Reading for 'Our home'. [Poetry Reading]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2017). Reading at Wintersound Festival. [Poetry Reading]. Free Range. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2016). Reading at Contraband Live. [Poetry Reading].
Freer, U. and Virtanen, J. (2014). Inoperative Synchronisation Comprehension Co-Ordinate Discrepancy. [Performance].
Virtanen, J. (2014). Reading at Sussex Poetry Festival. [Poetry Reading].
Bailey, S., Virtanen, J. and Stabs, H. (2014). Piano in the Woods. [Performance]. Available at:
Virtanen, J. (2018). 'Inertia'. Hix Eros:70-71.
Virtanen, J. (2018). Juha Virtanen on Samuel Solomon. Tripwire: a journal of poetics [Online]:277-282. 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). 'Seven Pamphlets From Knives Forks And Spoons Press'. Tears in the Fence:152-154.
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. (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:
South, D. (2015). Watching As The World Turns: Performance, Everyday Life, and the Self in the Novels of David Foster Wallace.
Total publications in KAR: 28 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Juha’s research primarily covers American and British literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between literature, the visual and the performing arts, culture, politics, and philosophy. He is especially interested in innovative and experimental poetry from the 1970s to the present day, but he spends a considerable amount of time thinking about comics and graphic novels as well.  back to top


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

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