RJ Arkhipov


Ramsay Garden
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2NA
+44 (0)7 454 382 383

Author's Bio

Born in Wales. Reborn in Paris. RJ Arkhipov moved to the French capital at the age of eighteen to study French literature, cinema, and art history at the University of London Institute in Paris. RJ gained international acclaim when he penned a series of poems using his own blood as ink to protest the gay blood donor ban in the United Kingdom, United States, and much of Europe. Today living between Edinburgh, Paris, and Buenos Aires, Arkhipov's first collection of poetry—Visceral: The Poetry of Blood—explores the male body and the contemporary gay experience, with a particular focus on stigma and sensuality.

Publications & Prizes

Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018)
Visceral: The Poetry of Blood (Zuleika, 2018)
Prizes won: 

Polari First Book Prize 2019—Longlisted

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Pablo Neruda; Constantine P. Cavafy; T. S. Eliot; Dante Alighieri; Gabriela Mistral; Federico García Lorca; William Wordsworth; James Baldwin; Walt Whitman; Arthur Rimbaud; Paul Verlaine; Charles Baudelaire; Guillaume Apollinaire; Paul Éluard; Percy Bysshe Shelley.
What I'm reading now: 
Reckless Paper Birds by John McCullough, Mama's Boy by Dustin Lance Black, 81 Austerities by Sam Riviere

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Men, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans, Women
Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Monmouthshire, Wales
Raised in: 
Monmouthshire, Wales
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Last update: Jan 29, 2020