Elinor Cleghorn

Elinor Cleghorn is a writer, researcher and poet based in Sussex, UK. She received her PhD in 2012 from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis exploring embodied, choreographic labour in early feminist film art, which focused on Maya Deren’s films and writings. In 2011, she curated Maya Deren: 50 Years On, a season at the BFI Southbank celebrating Deren’s legacy and influence through contemporary feminist filmmaking. Elinor has published widely, including in The Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Cinema Comparat/ive Cinema and Screen. Her debut chapbook of poems, Lupercalia is available from Litmus Press (UK).


In poetry, which mirrors Maya Deren’s methods as a filmmaker, Elinor Cleghorn responds to her films in three hypnotic language rituals.


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