James Massiah

James Massiah is a poet and DJ whose work explores ideas about sexuality, mortality and ethics through performance, writing and visual media. His latest project ‘Optimism 101’ is a series of 101 poems reflecting on stoicism, materialism, hedonism and excess, all written in January 2019, as a reflection on personal experiences from the previous year.

Massiah has been commissioned to produce work for the BBC, the Guardian and Nike, as well as featuring in campaigns for Selfridges, Loewe, Adidas and Champion. He has performed readings of his work at the Tate Modern, the Courtauld, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Houses of Parliament, as well as being profiled in Vogue, Dazed, i-D & GQ. Massiah has also curated events for Boiler Room and hosts the monthly ‘Poætry Show’ on NTS Radio