About JT Welsch

Lecturer in English and Creative Industries at the University of York.

Reading: Claire Trevien and JT Welsch, Paris 21/7/11

To kick off this year’s SMV Tour, JT Welsch and Claire Trevien will be reading from their pamphlets at Culture Rapide in Belleville on 21st July 2011 from 19h30, (followed by a Blues Jam).

Claire’s Low-Tide Lottery and JT’s Orchids are book available now from Salt.

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SMV Profile: JT Welsch, ‘Orchids’

Orchids springs from the margins of contemporary masculinity. A rich undercurrent of melancholy and desire seethes beneath the cool rhetorical playfulness of these monologues, as anguished speakers face the unfeasibility of confession. Beyond their fantastic flights and metamorphoses, these poems remain most troubled by the everydayness of their melodramas.

“Rapid, surprising and unlikely, J.T. Welsch’s poems spin brilliant variations on the recession, translation, gender studies and war. Strangely and completely convincingly, these subjects are refracted through the love poems which comprise this pamphlet. Hammered out in stanzas which show an inviting formal authority and are a pleasure to read, Orchids re-routes the work of his great St. Louis predecessors for the 21st century.”
– John McAuliffe

Orchids is a distinguished debut: clever but emotional, ingenious but affecting. The poems are a self-sufficient pleasure, and promise very well for the future.”
– Andrew Motion

J.T. Welsch grew up in a small farm town near St. Louis, Missouri, but lives and teaches in Manchester, UK, where he completed a PhD this past year. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbox Manifold, Stand, Boston Review and Manchester Review. Orchids (Salt, 2010) is his first book of poetry. Another pamphlet, Orchestra & Chorus, will be published by Holdfire Press in September 2011.

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Read samples and order Orchids from Salt.


Welcome to the online home of Salt Modern Voices – a brand new series from Salt which aims to deliver short works to new readerships around the world. The first of these ground-breaking poetry and fiction pamphlets were published last year, and the series continues to expand.

To help new readers discover these new and truly modern voices, this site will include information about the authors involved, as well as details about the upcoming Modern Voices Tour, which will include readings across the UK this autumn!

In the meantime, you can find out more about the SMV authors and their pamphlets on the Salt website.