Nuar Alsadir is a poet, essayist and psychoanalyst. She is the author of the poetry collections Fourth Person Singular (Pavilion Poetry, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Forward Prize for Best Collection; and More Shadow Than Bird (Salt Publishing, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, BOMB, The New York Times Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London and The Poetry Review. She is a fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities and works as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York.
Zoë Brigley grew up in Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and received a Welsh Academy bursary in 2005. Her first book of poems, The Secret (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008. Her second collection, Conquest (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as is her third collection, Hand & Skull (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). A book of her non-fiction essays, Notes from a Swing State, is due from Parthian Books in 2019. She also researches violence against women, and is co-editor of a volume of scholarly essays, Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (Routledge, 2010).
Fiona Benson lives in rural Devon with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose. Her pamphlet was ‘Faber New Poets 1’ in the Faber New Poets series, and her full-length collection Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape, 2014), received the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book is Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019)
Jennifer Militello is the author of four collections of poetry, including, most recently, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016) and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), as well as Knock Wood, the winner of the 2018 Dzanc Nonfiction Award. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY, Poetry London, and Tin House, and have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and The Manifesto Project. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.
Julia Copus was born in London in 1969 and now lives in Somerset. Her fourth collection, Girlhood, was published this year by Faber. Julia has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 2018, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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 and was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize in 2018. He teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.
Claire Crowther has published three full collections from Shearsman and five pamphlets, the latest of which, Knithoard from Happenstance, launched in June 2019. Her first collection was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize. Her poetry has been published in many journals including London Review of Books, Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Poetry Wales, Times Literary Supplement. She writes reviews, teaches creative writing at Oxford University and was Poet in residence at the Royal Mint. She is now deputy editor of the Long Poem Magazine. She has been called ‘one of our most intelligent surrealists’.
V. Press publishes poetry and flash fiction that is very very – work that knows what it wants to do and does it well. The press was shortlisted in the Michael Marks Publishers Award 2017, with titles winning or shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards and The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Run by Sarah Leavesley, a prize-winning poet, fiction writer and journalist in her own right, and poetry cover design by Ruth Stacey. V. Press website: http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/.
Elisabeth Bletsoe was born near Wimborne in Dorset and is currently the curator of Sherborne Museum. Her publications include Landscape from a Dream (Shearsman, 2008) and Pharmacopoeia & Early Selected Works (Shearsman, 2010). She has featured in various anthologies including Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, ed. Carrie Etter (Shearsman Books, Exeter, 2010), The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry, ed. Harriet Tarlo (Shearsman Books, Exeter, 2011) and more recently The Edge of Necessary: an Anthology of Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966-2018, eds. John Goodby and Lyndon Davies (Aquifer Books, 2018). Elisabeth is currently involved with the artist Frances Hatch, providing textual responses to her collages in the exhibition/publications Drawn to Antarctica and Chesil Moons. She has also collaborated with the Cambridge composer Kim B. Ashton who has set several poems from Pharmacopoeia and Birds of the Sherborne Missal to music for piano and full orchestra.
Rightly admired for her ingenious lexical device, she is skilled at blending dialectical vernacular with specialised terminologies from the natural sciences, historiography, folklore and taxonomy…her synthesis of heterogeneous glossaries lends a deeply nuanced interplay between laminate aesthetics in the bricolage, unlocking a range of associated impressions at the foundation of these resonant meditations.(Chris Cornwell, The Lonely Crowd, 2017)
Dave Bonta (davebonta.com) divides his time between London and his childhood home in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, USA. He’s the author of several poetry pamphlets and the full-length collection Ice Mountain (Phoenicia Publishing, 2017), but his real work is online: at Via Negativa, a group literary blog where he’s currently more than half-way through a project to make daily erasure poems from every entry in the Diary of Samuel Pepys; at The Morning Porch, where he posts daily prose micropoems; and at Moving Poems, where he’s been showcasing the best poetry films from Vimeo and YouTube since 2009. His own videopoems have been screened around the world, and he’s also collaborated as a poetic content provider for other video artists and filmmakers, including Marc Neys, Marie Craven, Lori Ersolmaz, and co-directors Jack Cochran and Pamela Falkenberg.
Lucy English is a spoken word poet and has toured widely in the UK, Europe and North America. Her first collection of poetry Prayer to Imperfection was published by Burning Eye in 2014 and the second, The Book of Hours, was published in 2018. This is the poetry from the wider poetry film project which contains 48 poetry films made in conjunction with 27 collaborators. The Book of Hours was shortlisted for the New Media Awards in 2019.
Julia Webb is a graduate of UEA’s poetry MA. She llves in Norwich and is a poetry editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal. She is a poetry mentor and works for Gatehouse Press and Cafe Writers. In 2018 she won the Battered Moons Poetry competition. Her debut poetry collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016, and a poem from it was highly commended in the Forward prize. Her second collection Threat was published by Nine Arches in 2019.
Jinny Fisher lives in Glastonbury and is a member of Wells Fountain Poets and Frome Stanza. Her work has appeared in print and online magazines including The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, Domestic Cherry, Tears in the Fence, Lighthouse, Prole, The Poetry Shed, Strange Poetry, Amaryllis and Ink, Sweat & Tears. Jinny’s poems have been highly commended and placed in national and international competitions and she’s committed to bringing poetry to a wider audience, taking her Poetry Pram to music festivals for random one-to-one readings. Her first pamphlet, The Escapologist, was published by V. Press in February 2019.
Kathy Gee’s career was in heritage. In 2016, her poetry collection was published by V. Press http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/book-of-bones.html and she wrote the spoken word elements for http://suiteforthefallensoldier.com/. Her next small collection of duologues – Checkout – is due out in March 2019.
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Olivia Tuck has had poetry and prose published in literary journals and webzines including Under the Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Lighthouse, Algebra of Owls, Three Drops from a Cauldron and Amaryllis. Her work also features in the Fly on the Wall charity anthologies Please Hear What I’m Not Saying and Persona Non Grata. She is an autism and mental health warrior, and a BA Creative Writing student at Bath Spa University. Her pamphlet Things Only Borderlines Know was published by Black Rabbit Press this year, and or this, she owes everything to her phenomenal Poetry Swindon friends! Find her on Twitter: @livtuckwrites