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    Lily Blacksell

    Lily Blacksell

    Lily Blacksell is a British writer currently based in New York, where she is working towards a poetry MFA on Columbia University’s Writing Program and also has a Teaching Fellowship. Lily writes poems for the page and the stage. Her work has appeared in Rockland LitLifejacketInk Sweat & Tears, Poet’s Country, Foothill and Magma Poetry. She has written reviews and interviews for Boston ReviewSabotage and Prac Crit and was herself interviewed by Columbia School of the Arts and Impakter.

    Lily has performed her work at numerous venues, such as Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Bowery Poetry Club, and Dead Rabbits (US), and Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Battersea Arts Centre (as part of Battersea Literature Festival), Howl, Word Up, and Boomerang (UK). In 2013, Apples and Snakes commissioned a piece of original spoken word theatre from Lily, which was performed at Lit Fuse, and in 2015 she was a finalist in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam.

    Lily has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2017 and Best New Poets 2017.

    In this video, Lily reads Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, a poem from her pamphlet There's No Such Thing, published by ignitionpress (2018). Video recorded at the Society Cafe, Oxford, 8 March 2018, by David Bullock.

    Mary Jean Chan

    Mary Jean Chan

    Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in The 2018 Forward Book of PoetryThe Poetry ReviewPN ReviewAmbit MagazineThe RialtoThe London MagazineOxford PoetryCallaloo JournalThe ScoresBare Fiction MagazineTongue: A Journal of Writing & ArtThe Kindling and elsewhere. She has poetry forthcoming from Wasafiri MagazineMagma and English: Journal of the English Association (Oxford Academic).

    In 2017, Mary Jean was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and won the Poetry Society Members' Competition and the Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition. In 2016, she won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL), and was shortlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize, the 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition and the 2016 Resurgence Poetry Prize. 

    Mary Jean served as Vice-President of the Oxford University Poetry Society from 2014-2015, and attended poetry workshops at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford. She received the 2015 University of London MA Creative Writing Prize, and is currently a PhD candidate and Research Associate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Mary Jean's article on Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric was recently published by The Journal of American Studies (2017). She is the winner of the 2017 PSA/Journal of Postcolonial Writing Postgraduate Essay Prize on Kei Miller's The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

    Mary Jean is a Co-Editor at Oxford Poetry, and is represented by literary agent Emma Paterson at Rogers, Coleridge and White. 

    In this video, Mary Jean reads Long Distance, a poem from her pamphlet A Hurry of English, published by ignitionpress (2018). Video recorded at the Society Cafe, Oxford, 8 March 2018, by David Bullock.

    Patrick Errington

    Patrick James Errington

    Patrick James Errington is a writer, translator, and researcher from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. As an undergrad at the University of Alberta (2007–2011), he studied English literature and creative writing with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. He received his MFA from Columbia University (2013–2015) in creative writing and literary translation, where he also received a Program Scholarship and a Chair’s Fellowship. 

    He has worked as an editor or editorial assistant for magazines like The New Yorker and The Columbia Journal, and is currently the editor-in-chief of The Scores, an online literary magazine based at The University of St Andrews.

    Patrick is currently a George Buchanan PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews and his research, under the supervision of Professors John Burnside and Don Paterson, is in the field of poetics and hermeneutics, examining cognitive metaphor, embodied/enactive mind theory, and postcritical response with particular regard to how readers are activated by and respond to contemporary poetry.

    Patrick’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from: Boston ReviewCopper NickelPassages NorthOxford PoetryCV2The London MagazineLong Poem MagazineBest New Poets 2016, The Iowa ReviewHorsethiefWest Branch,The Adroit JournalCider Press ReviewDIAGRAMAmerican Literary Review and others. He was also Commended in The National Poetry Competition 2016, and won, among others, The London Magazine Poetry Competition (2016) and the Wigtown Poetry Competition (2017).

    Together with Laure Gall, Patrick also translated Au creux de la main (The Hollow of the Hand), by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy (Paris: Éditions l’Âge d’Homme, 2017).

    In this video, Patrick reads In the Event of Winter, a poem from his pamphlet Glean, published by ignitionpress (2018). Video recorded at the Society Cafe, Oxford, 8 March 2018, by David Bullock.

    Natalie Whittaker

    Natalie Whittaker

    Natalie Whittaker is from South East London, where she works as a secondary school teacher. She studied English at New College, Oxford.

    Her poems have been published in Poetry News, Brittle Star, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, #MeToo: A Women’s Poetry Anthology and South Bank Poetry.

    Natalie was awarded second place in the Poetry on the Lake short poem competition 2018 and the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2017.

    Belinda Zhawi

    Belinda Zhawi

    Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean-born writer and educator. She is an alumnus of the University of Westminster and Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied on the BA in Politics and the Writer/Teacher MA, respectively.

    She was a 2015/16 London Laureate and the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet.

    Belinda is co-founder of BORN::FREE – a community-based literary movement and zine press. She currently lives and works in South East London.