Maria Sledmere (she/they) is an Ayrshire-raised, Glasgow-based academic, artist, educator and editor working between text, image and theory. The author of over twenty books, they have a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow (2022), following an MA in English Literature (2015) and MLitt in Modernities (2017).

Maria is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. She previously taught at the University of Glasgow and Scottish Universities International Summer School, and currently tutors for the87press and Beyond Form Creative Writing. 

Maria researches poetry, theory, fiction and hybrid writing, and practices hypercritique. She has written on technology, energy, elemental media, anthropocene aesthetics, everyday studies, infrastructures, ecopoetics, pop music, journaling and dreaming. Her work concerns formal experiments which are culturally responsive to the intensified, unevenly distributed and embodied conditions of ecological crisis as mediated through Web 2.0 and social media. Currently, her main focus is dream writing and the sonic ecologies of sleep, which she is pursuing as a joint endeavour with sound artist Kevin Leomo through PROJECT SOMNOLENCE. 

As an editor, Maria has directed a community interest company and literary press, SPAM, and worked with other publishers and magazines including Dostoyevsky Wannabe and Gilded Dirt.

As an artist, they have designed sensuous, glitchy and immersive covers for SPAM, Veer2, Mote and From Glasgow to Saturn. She works regularly with A+E Collective on extensive commissions including public-facing workshops, publications, podcasts, installations and reading groups. In 2021 a collaborative exhibition with Jack O’Flynn and Katie O’Grady, The Palace of Humming Trees, was shown at French Street Studios, Glasgow, and a poetic sequence, The Rosarium, was commissioned by musician Zoee for the album Flaw Flower (Illegal Data). In 2018 Maria worked with North Sea Dialect on a number of petro-poems for the album, Local Guide (Numbers). In 2017, she worked with Lanark Artefax and Red Bull Music Academy on an experimental multimedia installation, The Absent Material Gateway.

As a music journalist, Maria has written reviews, features and interviews for GoldFlakePaint, The List, The Skinny, London in Stereo, Balloon Machine, Secret Meeting, Ravechild.

Maria is often available for work in:

  • Hosting creative or creative-critical writing workshops
  • Writing press materials for musicians and writers
  • Freelance cultural journalism and reviews
  • Writing consultation (poetry and nonfiction)
  • Creative collaboration and writing commissions

Academic enquiries may be directed to: 
maria.sledmere[at]strath.ac.uk

Freelance enquiries may be directed to:
mariasledmere[at]outlook.com

Copies of Maria’s books may be ordered from Good Press, a bookstore based in Glasgow, Scotland. 

They can also be found in places such as: 

LRB Bookshop, London
The Alchemy Experiment, Glasgow
MF Books, Glasgow
Typewronger, Edinburgh