Jamie Osborn is a poet, translator and environmental activist in Norwich. Published in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII, PN Review, the TLS, Poetry London, Blackbox Manifold and elsewhere, he is currently working on poem-portraits of Extinction Rebellion protestors. He is a board member of Modern Poetry in Translation.
Richard Osmond won the the Seamus Heaney Prize for his widely praised first collection, Useful Verses. His second, Rock Paper Scissors, presents an extraordinary, collaged response to the poet's direct experience of the terrorist attack in London on June 3rd, 2017.
Jenny Pagdin’s pamphlet Caldbeck, which tells the story of her postnatal psychosis, was published by Eyewear in 2017, shortlisted for the Mslexia pamphlet competition and listed by the Poetry Book Society. She was longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation prize in 2018. Pagdin lives in Norfolk with her family.
Gregory Pardlo is poetry editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review and teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University, Camden. He lives in Brooklyn. He has won the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of his ‘clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private’ (Poetry Foundation). In 2017 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. As well as two collections, he is also the author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in American (2018).
Caleb Parkin is a day-glo queero techno eco poet & facilitator. Poems in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magmaand elsewhere. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, first in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 and various other competition shortlists. In 2019, he graduated with an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and received Arts Council funding to explore queer ecopoetry and ecosexualities in his first collection.
Hagar Peeters has won numerous prizes for her poetry and prose, including the prestigious Fintro Prize for Literature forMalva, published in 2015 in the Netherlands and now translated into six languages. She has published several volumes of poetry, of which an English-language anthology appeared in London in 2018; she publishes her latest collection this autumn in the Netherlands and Chile. Their sequel, a work of prose, has been awarded a scholarship from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. She lives in Amsterdam with her son.
D A Prince was born in Leicestershire although her family roots are in Wales. A degree in English Literature, followed by training in librarianship, led to a varied working life in libraries, teaching, educational administration (at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and adult education. Writing poetry provided a parallel life, first in the weekly competitions in the New Statesman and Spectator. These continue to provide an outlet for her life-long fascination with light verse in all its forms, and with the people who write it. They also gave her the confidence to submit 'proper' poetry to a range of poetry magazines and be published in, for example, Smiths Knoll, Magma, The Rialto, Other Poetry, The Interpreter's House, Seam. She relishes the world of 'small' magazines and also reviews regularly.
Her first pamphlet, Undoing Time, was published by Pikestaff Press in 1998, followed by Keeping in touch from the same publisher in 2002. Meanwhile Manifold 'Century' Chapbooks had brought out Without Boundaries in 2001.
In 2008 Happenstance Press published her full-length collection, Nearly the Happy Hour; this was the first full-length publication from this lively publisher. Common Ground, also HappenStance Press, was published in 2014.
Peter Sansom’s books include Writing Poems (Bloodaxe) and six Carcanet titles including a Selected Poems and the Chomondeley Award-winning Careful What You Wish For. Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University for ten years and has been Fellow in Poetry at both Leeds and Manchester universities, as well as Company Poet for M&S and the Prudential. He is co-director with Ann Sansom of The Poetry Business in Sheffield, where they edit The North magazine and Smith|Doorstop Books.
One of the 2016 Laureate's Choice poets, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, Tom Sastry was born in 1974. He is a second generation Original. His mother is Originally English and his father Originally Indian. He grew up in Buckinghamshire and has lived in Bristol since 1999. He thinks that not belonging is more interesting than belonging. He has spent most of his life in bedrooms, classrooms and offices. He enjoys having to deny that he is an anarchist. Complicity is his first pamphlet.
Lesley Saunders is the award-winning author of seven books, including Cloud Camera, described in The Poetry Review as ‘the most intelligent and thrilling book of poetry I’ve seen in years’, and A Part of the Main, a collaboration with Philip Gross. In 2016 Lesley won the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation.
Michael Schmidt FRSL, poet, scholar, critic and translator, was born in Mexico in 1947; he studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford, before settling in England. Among his many publications are several collections of poems and a novel, The Colonist(1981), about a boy’s childhood in Mexico. He is general editor of PN Review and founder as well as managing director of Carcanet Press. He lives in Manchester.
Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet 'Wound' (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem 'crocodile' won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.
Laura Scott was born in London and now lives in Norwich. 'So Many Rooms' is her first collection.
Robert Seatter has published four collections with Seren/Two Rivers Press. A new collection is forthcoming from Seren in 2020. He has won many awards including National Poetry Competition and Forward Poetry Prize.
He lives in London where he works for the BBC, following careers in publishing, acting and teaching.
Robert Selby's poems and reviews have appeared in Areté, PN Review, The Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. His debut pamphlet was published in 2017, in the Clutag Five Poems series, and his first collection is forthcoming from Shoestring Press in 2020. He edits the online poetry journal Wild Court.
Anna Selby is a poet and naturalist.
Her poetry often explores our connection with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with dancers and choreographers, writes poetic-studies of different species in the field, directly from life, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment.
Martin Shaw is a writer, mythologist and storyteller. Author of the award winning Mythteller cycle, recent books have included The Night Wages, Wolf Milk, Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca, and Myth in Real Time, an essay and conversation with Ai WeiWei released by the Marciano Arts Foundation. 2020 brings his Cinderbiter collaboration of Celtic poems and stories with the late Tony Hoagland on Greywolf Press. Creator of the Living Myth and Oral Tradition programmes at Stanford University, he spent four years living on a succession of English hills exploring remaining pockets of British wilderness.
Will Stone is a writer, poet and translator of French, Belgian and German literature, living in Suffolk. He is a regular contributor to a range of literary journals and poetry magazines in the UK and internationally. He holds a degree in Literary Translation from the University of East Anglia, and has produced prose and poetry translations of the works of Stefan Zweig, Emile Verhaeren, Goerges Rodenbach, Maurice Maeterlinck, Rainer Maria Rilke and Joseph Roth, among others. His debut poetry collection, Glaciation appeared with Salt Publishing in late 2007 and went on to win the prestigious international Glenn Dimplex Award for Poetry the following year. A second collection, Drawing in Ash, followed to critical acclaim in May 2011, also with Salt. Shearsman Books subsequently produced new editions of both these collections, followed by a third, The Sleepwalkers in 2016.
Kay Syrad Poetry Editor of Envoi. Recent publications include t/here: a poetic glossary of human and non-human migration (East Port, 2019), a collection of poetry, Inland (Cinnamon, 2018), and a collaboration with artist Chris Drury, Exchange (Little Toller, 2015). With Clare Whistler she runs eco-poetics workshops at the social justice gallery, ONCA, and at Knepp Wildland.