Sunday, May 01, 2016

EUOIA: collaboration of Robert Sheppard and Rupert Loydell on X-peri

As part of the EUOIA (European Union of Imaginary Authors) project I am conducting, Rupert Loydell and I have invented an Estonian poet called Hermes. I always knew that his single name pseudonym would indicate a certain egocentricity and instability, but I didn’t expect this:

Hermes is the founder of Bongos for Rain, a charity which works with those in drought-stricken parts of the world to handcraft drums to invoke the Gods and provoke rainfall. Most of his poetry and word-songs circulate in handwritten fascicles or as sound files on Bandcamp, but his one print volume, Working for the Healing Rain is available from or the alternative bookshop on the edge of Zlatare. This volume was nominated for a To Hell in a Handcart Award in 2010.

Read his two poems ‘Mussolini Among the Muses’ and ‘Poles Apart’ (do you want any more?) on Daniel Y Harris’ x-peri webzine here.  

Thanks Rupert and Daniel for making this possible.

Note: I’ve been following up the fictional poems of A Translated Man (Shearsman, 2013) with EUOIA, a collaboratively written anthology featuring the 28 poets ‘imagined’ by René Van Valckenborch, the fictional poet of A Translated Man. Part of Poland’s Jaroslav Biały (1962-), written with Anamaría Crowe Serrano, may be read on The Bogman’s Cannon: A poem by Sophie Poppmeier (Austria, born 1981, but one I wrote myself) may be read in A Festschrift for Tony Frazer (at More on Poppmeier here.

Zoë Skoulding may be viewed reading the works of Gurkan Arnavut at as part of the Manchester Enemies of the North in March 2013. Several collaborations may be seen as part of the Liverpool Camarade, February 18th 2015 at ; another, with Alys Conran, reading our writing of Cristòfol Subira, part of Gelynion Poetry (Bangor), on May 26th 2015, may be viewed at   

 The EUOIA website is still live at, and there are multiple posts on the subject of the EUOIA on this blog (use the keyword EUOIA to see them all displayed).

 X-Peri is a vessel seeking deposits of experimental x.poetry, x.hybrids, x.essays, x.prose,, x.quests and posthuman x.memes:

I am pleased to announce that Shearsman Books will be publishing the EUOIA anthology.  It will be called Twitters for a Lark and will appear in June or July 2017, in time for the EUOIA evening at The Other Room, Manchester.