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ignitionpress London launch: Joanna Ingham, Sarah Shapiro, and Jennifer Lee Tsai

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Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX


Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre’s ignitionpress launches its latest three pamphlets by Joanna Ingham, Sarah Shapiro and Jennifer Lee Tsai. You can find out more about them on our website.

Joanna Ingham grew up in Suffolk and now lives in Hertfordshire. Her work has been published in Ambit, Brittle Star, Envoi, The Fenland Reed, Iota, Lighthouse, Magma, Mslexia, The North and Under the Radar. Her poems have also appeared in the anthology The Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt) and in 'Poet's Corner' in The Sunday Times. She won second prize in BBC Wildlife magazine's Wildlife Poet of the Year Competition 2008. She studied creative writing at Birkbeck College and was awarded the Michael Donaghy Prize for Poetry on graduating. In 2017 she was a poet-in-residence at London Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Sarah Shapiro was born in Chicago and lives in Somerville, MA. She is a poetry MFA candidate at University of Massachusetts Boston. Sarah also holds an MA in Place, Environment, and Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Sarah’s academic career was not a guarantee; she grew up with learning (dys)abilities and did not begin to read until the age of eight. Now, her poems for this project explore the gap between those who read with ease and those who struggle to read. She has completed a residency with Cove Park, and has an audio-text poem forthcoming in TIMBER. Her poems have also appeared in glitterMOBShe Grrrowls,Bunbury, and Poetica Magazine.

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British-Chinese poet. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. An alumna of St Andrews and Liverpool Universities, she completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction at the University of Manchester in 2015. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works III and a Ledbury Poetry Critic. Her poems are featured in the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and have been published in Oxford PoetryThe RialtoSMOKESoundings and in Ambit. Her poetry reviews are published by The Poetry School, the Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Modern Poetry In Translation and forthcoming in Ambit. She is an Associate Editor for the Liverpool-based poetry magazine SMOKE, Contributing Editor at Ambit, and was a runner-up in Poetry in the 2018 Bi’an Writing Awards.