Clarissa Álvarez (@rivering_) is a teacher, poet & errant storyunteller who belongs to the ancestral Rio Grande/Bravo. They are from Laredos but can currently be found living on the lands/waters of Corpus/Padre Island.
Abeer Ameer trained as a dentist in London. She completed her Membership of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh and an MSc in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry from Cardiff University. Her dissertation investigated the potential use of mindfulness-based therapies in the management of dental anxiety. Abeer Ameer’s poems have appeared widely in publications in print and online including The Poetry Review, Acumen, Poetry Wales, Magma, New Welsh Reader, The High Window, Atrium, The Rialto and Long Poem Magazine. Her debut poetry collection, Inhale/Exile, in which she shares stories of her Iraqi heritage, was published by Seren in February 2021.
Joel Auterson is a poet and writer from Belfast, currently based in London. He writes about being five, as well as being other ages, and is the host of Boomerang Club, a spoken word night in London. He has performed extensively around London and the UK, including at festivals such as Bestival, Nozstock and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has worked with organisations such as the Roundhouse and Barbican Young Poets, and is part of the Rare Mammals collective.
His first poetry pamphlet, Unremember, was published by Bad Betty Press in late 2017.
Briony Bax is a poet and editor. Her pamphlet Lament was published in July 2020 by Rough Trade Press and her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines including, Meat, The Drewdrop, Herrings Anthology, Ambit and the Fenland Poetry Journal and was a commissioned poet for Wells of Human Kindness at the Maltings in Wells-next-the-Sea. For eight years she was editor of Ambit and is the former poetry editor of The New European. She lives in North Norfolk and when not serving on her local council and arts related boards she volunteers at Saidia Children’s Home in Kenya. www.brionybax.com
Chris Beckett is a poet and translator who grew up in Ethiopia. He won the Poetry London competition 2001 and has two collections from Carcanet: Ethiopia Boy and Tenderfoot, exploring childhood memories of love, hunger, inequality through the medium of Ethiopian praise poems. With Alemu Tebeje, he translated/edited Songs We Learn from Trees, first ever anthology of Amharic poetry in English (Carcanet, 2020). Sketches from the Poem Road (after Matsuo Bashō’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North), a collaboration with his partner, Japanese artist Isao Miura, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2015. He is a proud trustee of the Poetry Society.
Janine Bradbury is an emerging poet and academic who writes about race, reading, and performance. In 2020, she was awarded a Poetry London mentorship (and was mentored by Rachel Long), was shortlisted for the Oxford Brooks International Poetry Prize, and in 2021 was a Jerwood Compton Award Nominee. Her critical work has been published by Palgrave Macmillan and Bloomsbury. She is based in Yorkshire.
Colette Bryce is a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She was a Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee from 2003 to 2005, and a North East Literary Fellow at the University of Newcastle from 2005 to 2007. She was the Poetry Editor of Poetry London from 2009 to 2013. In 2019 Bryce succeeded Eavan Boland as editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Her first collection The Heel of Bernadette, published in 2000 by Picador, won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize. In 2003 she won the National Poetry Competition for her poem, The Full Indian Rope Trick. Her 2014 collection ″The Whole & Rain-domed Universe″ draws on the author's experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, and was awarded a special Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. The book was also short-listed for Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. It was followed by “Selected Poems” (2017) and “The M Pages” (2020).
Dom Bury runs workshops and initiations on planetary emergency/emergence. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2016 and won the 2017 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Opened Field’. Rite of Passage is his first collection.
Chaucer Cameron is the author of In an Ideal World I’d Not Be Murdered, which was published by (Against the Grain Press, 2021). She has co-edited two poetry anthologies and her poetry has appeared in journals, magazines & zines, including, Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg, and The North. Chaucer created the international poetry film project Wild Whispers, and has presented poetry film at festivals, including Sheaf Poetry Festival, Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Athens Poetry Film Festival and Reel Poetry in Texas. She co-edits the online magazine Poetry Film Live.
Louisa Campbell’s poetry draws on her experiences as both mental health nurse and patient. Her poems have won and been placed in numerous competitions, as well as published in a variety of literary magazines including Acumen, The North, and Stand. She has two published pamphlets: The Happy Bus (Picaroon Poetry, 2017), and The Ward (Paper Swans Press, 2018). Selected for the Poetry Book Society Summer Bulletin reviews, her first full collection, Beautiful Nowhere, was published in May 2021 by Boatwhistle Books. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband, teenager and rescued Romanian street dog.
After reading history at university, Wendy Cope worked as a primary school teacher in London for 15 years. Since the publication of her first book of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, she has been freelance. Her most recent collection is Anecdotal Evidence 2018. She has also written for children and edited several anthologies. A collection of her prose pieces, Life, Love and The Archers appeared in 2015. Her work has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2010 she was appointed OBE for services to literature.
Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana holds an MA in Japanese Language and Society, from Sheffield University and an MA in Writing Poetry, from Newcastle University. In 2020, she came third in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition.
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Jo Morris Dixon grew up in Birmingham and now lives in London. Her poetry has been published in Oxford Poetry, The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Ambit Magazine and The Signal House Edition. She was longlisted for the 2015 Plough Poetry Prize and the 2019 and 2020 National Poetry Competition. I told you everything is her debut pamphlet, published by Verve Poetry Press (2021).
Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence. She is widely placed and published, winning the Wolverhampton Literature Festival (WoLF) poetry competition and Holland Park Press’s Brexit in Poetry 2019, and being runner-up in the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize 2019 and the Keats-Shelley Essay Prize 2020. She was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2018 and is published in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019. Sarah holds an MA in Creative Writing from UL Royal Holloway, and is currently researching a PhD in meteorological poetry at Birmingham City University. A pamphlet of collage poems – Something so wild and new in this feeling – inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals was published by V. Press in March 2021.
Samatar Elmi is a poet, PhD candidate and educator. He is an associate poetry editor at Numbi and an Obsidian Fellow. His writing plays in the liminal spaces between racial, socio-cultural and political identity claims. He has been shortlisted for the Venture Award, the Complete Works II, New Generation African Poets and is a graduate of the Young Inscribe Mentoring Program. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Magma, Iota, Ink Sweat and Tears, Myths of the Near Future, Scarf, The Echoing Gallery and The Cadaverine. He also releases music under the moniker ‘Knomad Spock’.
Chris Emery is the Director of Development at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. He has published three collections of poetry, a writer’s guide, an anthology of art and poems, and edited editions of Emily Brontë, Keats and Rossetti. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologised, most recently in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe). He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing, edited by David Morley and Philip Neilsen. He lives in Cromer, North Norfolk.
Dr Emma Filtness (she/her) is lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Her writing often explores themes of migration, work, gender and the body, nature and place. Emma’s current practice includes found and visual poetics as well as interdisciplinary processes. Her work recently featured in Hit Points: an Anthology of Video Game Poetry from Broken Sleep Books and is forthcoming with PERVERSE magazine.
Tessa Foley’s work explores feminism, sexuality and the rejection of normalcy. Her debut poetry collection ‘Chalet Between Thick Ears’ was published and launched by Live Canon in November 2018 and has inspired a series of Live Canon films. The same year, Tessa also self-published ‘Garden’ illustrated by her sister, Anna Foley, to raise money for the Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service. She has recently been recognised in the Ware Poets Competition, the Charroux Prize and the Canterbury Literary Festival Poet of the Year Competition. Her latest collection “What Sort of Bird are You?” was launched in May 2021.
Dai George is a poet, novelist and critic from Cardiff, now living in London. His first poetry collection, The Claims Office, was an Evening Standard book of the year and his second, titled Karaoke King, was published by Seren in June 2021. His work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the United Kingdom. He works as reviews editor for Poetry London, and his first novel, The Counterplot, is available as an Audible Original.
Katie Griffiths grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family from Northern Ireland. She came second in 2018’s National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, My Shrink is Pregnant, was a winner in Live Canon’s 2019 pamphlet competition. She was published in Primers Volume One by Nine Arches Press, and her first full-length collection, The Attitudes, came out this year, also from Nine Arches. A member of three poetry groups – Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, Red Door Poets, and Octavo – Katie is also singer-songwriter in ‘A Woman in Goggles’, a band which (so far) has had precious little to do with swimming or skiing.
Arjuna Gunarathne is a visual artist. His forte is miniature painting, a genre he was exposed to as a student at Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan. Born in Sri Lanka, Arjuna has studied the ancient mural paintings of South Asia and successfully marries the Eastern and Western traditions to present unique works focussing on political, social and personal experience. Featured in The A-Z of Conflict (published by Raking Leaves in 2016), his works have also been exhibited at the Museum of Ethnology, Austria and the fourth Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh.
Matthew Haigh is the author of Death Magazine (Salt, 2019) and Black Jam (Broken Sleep Books, 2019). He is the co-editor of Hit Points: an anthology of video game poetry (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). Death Magazine was longlisted for the Polari first book prize in 2020. His work has been highly commended in the Forward prizes, commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize, and published in journals including Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Magma, Fourteen Poems, The Guardian and Poetry London. A new pamphlet, Vampires, is due for release with Bad Betty Press in 2021.
Robert Hamberger has been shortlisted and highly commended for Forward prizes, appearing in the Forward Book of Poetry 2020. He has been awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship; his poetry has been featured as the Guardian Poem of the Week and in British, American, Irish and Japanese anthologies. He has published six poetry pamphlets and four full-length collections. Blue Wallpaper (published by Waterloo Press) was shortlisted for the 2020 Polari Prize. His prose memoir with poems A Length of Road: finding myself in the footsteps of John Clare was published by John Murray in June 2021
Seán Hewitt’s debut collection, Tongues of Fire (Cape, 2020), was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Dalkey Literary Award, and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize. In 2020, he was chosen as one of the Sunday Times “30 under 30” artists in Ireland. He is Poetry Critic for The Irish Times and teaches Modern British & Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin. His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide, will be published in 2022.
Alice Hiller’s Forwards Prize shortlisted debut, bird of winter, traces her experience of being groomed and then sexually abused in childhood, and finding her way towards healing beyond this crime. Author of The T-Shirt Book, she is variously a freelance journalist, reviewer and curator. Committed to change through creative witness, Alice interviews poets about ‘saying the difficult thing’ for her blog alicehiller.info, where she hosts a podcast and prompt series exploring working with difficult materials. Alice also runs the ‘Voicing Our Silences’ poetry collective www.voicingoursilences.com. The sea and water are integral to her artistic and reclamatory process.