Winner of the Wishing Jewel Prize
Robin Tomens is the winner of Green Linden Press's second annual Wishing Jewel Prize, awarded for an innovative manuscript that challenges expectations of what a book of poems can be. Resurrecting seemingly obsolete technology, Tomens uses a typewriter to create evocative visual poems that both invite and resist being read. One comes away from YOU WOULD SAY THAT invigorated and a little disoriented, the mind aswim in possibilities.
Robin Tomens has been making art since producing zines in the Punk era. His multimedia collages and visual poetry have been featured in the exhibition "Visual Poetry on the Page: With, Within, and Without the Word" and with "The Tunnel collective" in London. Timglaset (Sweden) and Redfoxpress (Ireland) have published his booklets; his work has also appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique and Explorations In Media Technology. His art has been used for album covers, and he makes his own artist's books, most recently a collection of typewriter art called Yes I No. He has also written a book on Jazz, Points of Departure: Essays on Modern Jazz (Stride, 2001) and contributed to Cut Up! (Oneiris Books, 2014). He lives in London.