Carolyn Jess-Cooke is a poet and novelist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Now based in Glasgow, she is a Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She has previously received an Eric Gregory Award, a Tyrone Guthrie Award, a Northern Writer’s Award, and prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. Her fiction has been translated into 23 language and optioned for TV. Her third poetry collection, We Have to Leave the Earth, explores climate crisis, social justice, autism, and mental illness, and is published by Seren in October 2021.
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Mihret Kebede is a multi-disciplinary artist and poet, a co-founder of Tobiya poetic Jazz, Netsa Art village artists collective, and Addis video art festival. She has received a certificate award of recognition in 2013 from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia. Her poems and essays are included in the Wax and Gold: Poetry Jazz book Published by Institut für Raumexperimente/Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin and Tobiya Poetic Jazz, Addis Ababa, and also featured in the first-ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English, Songs We Learn from Trees ,Carcanet Press. Mihret is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of fine arts Vienna.
Lisa Kelly has single-sided deafness. She is also half Danish. Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her pamphlets are From the IKEA Back Catalogue (New Walk Editions), Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye). She is co-Chair of Magma Poetry and learning BSL. She is currently co-editing What Meets the Eye, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers for Arachne Press.
Róisín Kelly was born in Belfast and raised in Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on Clare Island she did an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, and subsequently moved to Cork City. Her first chapbook of poetry, Rapture, was published in 2016 by Southword Editions, which followed by her first full collection, Mercy (Bloodaxe Books) in 2020. That year she was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council to write her second collection, and in 2021 received an Agility Award from the Arts Council in order to work on her novel. She won the FISH Poetry Prize in 2017.
Victoria Kennefick is a poet, writer and teacher based in Co. Kerry. Her poetry collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet, 2021) was launched in March. Her pamphlet, White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015), won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Poems have appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Ambit, Banshee and elsewhere. A recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, she has also received bursaries from Kerry County Council and Words Ireland.
Vanessa Lampert is an acupuncturist and poet from Oxfordshire. Since 2019 she has won the Café Writers prize, the Edward Thomas prize, the Sentinel prize and the Ver Poetry prize twice and come second in the Fish, Yeovil, Oxford Brookes and Kent & Sussex prizes. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2020.
Rachel is a poet and workshop facilitator. Her debut poetry pamphlet ‘Three Degrees of Separation’ explores friendship, joy and loss while living with mental illness. It won the Wordsmith Prize and was published by Wordsmith HQ in 2019. Rachel regularly facilitates poetry workshops, including an upcoming course on ‘writing happiness’ with Spread the Word funded by Arts Council England. Her poetry has been published in bind, Kindling, Foxglove and Dawntreader journals and has been anthologised by the Poetry Book Society. She is currently working on a second pamphlet exploring her family’s history as Jews in Belfast during the Troubles.
Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions (Picador 2020 / Tin House 2021) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Jhalak Prize. She is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for women of colour, housed at the Southbank Centre, in London.
Kirsten Luckins is a poet, performer, and producer from Teesside. Her third collection Passerine was published by Bad Betty press in February 2021 and was longlisted for the Laurel Prize for eco-poetry. She is project manager for the Rebecca Swift Foundation, managing the #WomenPoetsPrize and #WomenPoetsNetwork across the UK. She is also founder and director of the Tees Women Poets collective, and co-ordinator for Crossing the Tees Book Festival. She has been published widely, including in Butcher’s Dog, Under the Radar and Magma.
Aoife Lyall’s ﬁrst collection, Mother, Nature, (Bloodaxe Books, 2021) explores the tender and tragic experiences of pregnancy, pregnancy loss and early motherhood. Awarded an Emerging Scottish Writer residency by Cove Park in 2020 and twice shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards, she has worked as a guest curator for the Scottish Poetry Library and a guest editor for Butcher’s Dog. Her reviews have appeared in Poetry London and PN Review. She lives and works in the Scottish Highlands with her family where her second collection is being supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Harry Man a 2021 Northern Writers Award recipient. Additionally he has won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award and was a winner of 2018’s Poem of the North supported by the Northern Poetry Library and the Poetry Book Society. His second pamphlet, Finders Keepers, illustrated by the artist Sophie Gainsley was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest pamphlet, Utøya Thereafter (Hercules Editions) was co-written with Norwegian poet Endre Ruset and is published by Flamme Forlag in Norway. You can find more of his work at www.manmadebooks.co.uk
Day Mattar is a cheeky queer poet and performer from Liverpool. They are the co-founder of Queer Bodies poetry collective and facilitate poetry workshops with various art organisations in the UK. Their poetry pamphlet, Springing from the Pews, was published this May with Broken Sleep Books. Day’s poems come from the body, they use poetry as a tool to explore links between the psychological and the physical, the somatic and the sensual. Can a poem make you jump? Is your heart beating faster? Read more of their poems here:
James McDermott is Play and TV script writer based in East Anglia. As a poet, James is widely published in poetry journals and magazines. His debut spoken word poetry collection 'Manatomy' is published by Burning Eye Books and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021. James's pamphlet 'Erased' is published by Polari Press. He is an Associate Artist at Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Arts Centre and teaches creative writing. He is also a Trustee of the Holt Festival and INK new writing festival.
Andrew McMillan’s three collections, 'physical', 'playtime' and 'pandemonium', are published by Jonathan Cape. He lives in Manchester.
Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and independent researcher. Her work has appeared in the likes of Granta, Artforum, The Guardian, and The Poetry Review. She is the former Young People’s Laureate for London and a Frontier-Antioch Fellow at Antioch University. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published by Goldsmiths Press.
Anna Maria Mickiewicz
Anna Maria Mickiewicz (http://faleliterackie.com) is a Polish-born poet, writer, editor, translator, and publisher (Literary Waves) who writes both in Polish and in English. Anna moved to California, and then to London, where she has lived for many years. She edits the magazine The Literary Memoir, London, and Contemporary Writers of Poland (USA). She is a member of English Pen. Her poetic works have appeared in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, Poland, Mexico, Italy, India.
Honored with the Gloria Artis medal for Merit to Culture by the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity and The Joseph Conrad Literary Prize (USA).
Kim Moore is a poet and non-fiction writer based in Cumbria. Her first poetry collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She completed her doctorate in ‘Poetry and Everyday Sexism’ at Manchester Metropolitan University in March 2020. Her second poetry collection All The Men I Never Married will be published by Seren in October 2021. Her first non-fiction book What The Trumpet Taught Me, exploring brass playing, gender and class will be published by Smith/Doorstop in March 2022.
Steph Morris' pamphlet Please don’t trample us; we are trying to grow! was published in 2020 by Fair Acre Press. His poems have been published in magazines such as Rialto, Ambit, Ink Sweat & Tears and Under the Radar, as well as various anthologies and gardens. In 2019 he won the Live Canon ‘Borough Prize’. His poetry translations have appeared in MPT and on no-mans-land.org. His translations of Ilse Aichinger’s poetry and Brigitte Reimann’s diaries will be out from Seagull this year. In 2021 he was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop his visual poetry. He lives in London.
Shareen K. Murayama
Shareen K. Murayama is a Japanes American, Okinawan American poet and educator. Her first chapbook 'Hey Girl, are you in the experimental group?' by Harbour Editions and her first poetry collection, 'Housebreak' by Badbetty Press will be published in 2022. She reads poetry for the Adroit Journal and cnf for JMWW Journal. Her Art is published or forthcoming in Pilgramage Press, SoFloPoJo, SWWIM, the Willowherb, Scrawl Place and elsewhere. You can find her on IG and Twitter @ambusypoeming.