‘The future of poetry is in capable, skilled hands.’ Hannah Lowe
Aviva Dautch is a poet, educator and curator. Her award-winning sequence about clearing her mother’s home won the Poetry School / Nine Arches Press Primers prize for emerging voices in 2017 and was published in Primers Volume Three in May 2018. In December 2018 she received an Authors’ Foundation Grant from the Society of Authors to complete her first full collection, ‘We Sigh For Houses’.
Commissions include The British Museum for Refugee Week 2018 and Bradford Literature Festival for the Gustav Klimt centenary celebrations. Aviva’s poem The Embrace, which responded to Klimt’s painting ‘Fulfilment’, was turned into a film shown at the Hay Festival in 2018. She has also performed at Birmingham Literature Festival, Jewish Book Week at Kings Place, Poetry International at the Southbank Centre and in numerous other venues nationally and internationally.
Born into an observant Jewish family in Salford in 1978, she has been Poet in Residence at the Jewish Museum, London and won a research award from Brandeis University for International Jewish Women in the Arts. Her poem Jonah’s Prayer was shortlisted for the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.
Her poems have been published in magazines including Agenda, Ambit, Modern Poetry in Translation, The North, The Rialto and The Poetry Review and anthologised in publications including Second Place Rosette: Poems About Britain (The Emma Press: 2018), Her Wings of Glass: Ambitious Poems by Contemporary Women Poets (Second Light: 2014) and Rowing Home: Poems on Bereavement (Cruse: 2010). An audio anthology of her work is available as part of the British Library’s collection Between Two Worlds.
Aviva teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the British Library and Modern Jewish Literature at JW3 London and the London School of Jewish Studies. She has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College and a PhD in Poetry from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis Harmonious Discord: Modern Metaphysical Poetry received the University’s Reid Scholarship. In 2018-2019 she is Visiting Lecturer in Jewish Culture at Roehampton University.
Aviva also works as a freelance curator and producer for many of the major London arts institutions and has recently worked on projects and exhibitions for Bethlem Museum of the Mind, The British Museum, The Royal Academy, Tara Theatre and Tate Exchange.