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    Mia Kang

    Mia Kang

    Mia Kang writes poems and other perversions. Named the 2017 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest by Mónica de la Torre, her writing has appeared in journals including POETRY, Washington Square Review, Narrative Magazine, and PEN America.

    A Brooklyn Poets Fellow and runner-up for the 2019 and 2017 Discovery Poetry Contests, she is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ 2016 Catalina Páez and Seumas MacManus Award, among others. Mia is a PhD student in the history of art at Yale University, where she studies the contested rise of multiculturalism and its failures.

    www.miaadrikang.com/

    @miaadrikang

    Majella Kelly

    Majella Kelly

    Majella Kelly is an Irish writer from Tuam, Co. Galway. In 2019 she won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. She was shortlisted for the Rialto Pamphlet Competition and the Listowel Poetry Collection Award. She was also shortlisted for the inaugural Brotherton Prize at Leeds University and her poems will be published by Carcanet in a Brotherton anthology alongside the winner and the other three shortlisted poets.

    In 2018 she won the Ambit Poetry Prize, came second in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted by The Irish Times for a Hennessy Literary Award. In 2017 she was nominated by Crannóg for a Pushcart Prize and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. In 2016 she came third in the Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize (now the Ginkgo Prize). Her poetry and short fiction has been published in such places as The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, Ambit, The Well Review, Cyphers, The Pickled Body, Quarryman, Best New British & Irish Poets 2017, and Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Annual 2017 & 2018. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.

    www.majellakelly.com/

    Alycia Pirmohamed

    Alycia Pirmohamed

    Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet currently living in Scotland. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying figurative homelands in poetry written by second-generation immigrant writers of South Asian descent. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. In 2018, Alycia’s chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind was selected by Camille Rankine for the BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize. Her other awards include the 92/Y Discovery Poetry Contest, the Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest in Poetry, the Adroit Journal’s Djanikian Scholars program, and the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in publications internationally, including The Paris Review Daily, Prairie Schooner, Best Canadian Poetry, Gutter Magazine, and The London Magazine, among others.

    Alycia is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology They Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets, co-founder of The Scottish BAME Writers Network, and a submission reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She has received support from The Royal Society of Literature, and from Calgary Arts Development via The City of Calgary.

    www.alycia-pirmohamed.com

    @a_pirmohamed

    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.

    You can read reviews of Lily's pamphlet on Sphinx here, on the Oxford Writers' House site here, and on Dundee University Review of the Arts here.

    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.

    A Hurry of English was the Poetry Book Society's Pamphlet Choice for Summer 2018, and you can read reviews of the pamphlet in Sphinx, Oxford Writers' House, Still Loud, Dundee University Review of the Arts, Harana Poetry, and in the Glasgow Review of Books.

    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).

    You can read reviews of Patrick's pamphlet in Sphinx and in the Dundee Review of the Arts. Patrick's poem 'Half-Measures' was also the subject of two of the winning entries in the Poetry Centre's first poetryfilm competition, and you can watch the films (by Gabrielle Turner and Marie Craven) on our website.

    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.

    Joanna Ingham

    Joanna Ingham

    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.

    Joanna also writes fiction and is represented by Thérèse Coen of Hardman & Swainson. She has facilitated creative writing workshops in a wide variety of settings including schools, day-centres for older people, prisons, drop-in centres for homeless and vulnerable adults, and with young and adult carers.

    @ingham_joanna

    Jennifer Lee Tsai

    Jennifer Lee Tsai

    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 Poetry, The Rialto,SMOKE, Soundings and forthcoming 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 and was a runner-up in Poetry in the 2018 Bi’an Writing Awards. Jennifer is an experienced English Language teacher and has taught English extensively in universities and colleges in the UK and abroad. She also regularly delivers creative writing workshops in the community.

    @JenniferLeeTsai

    Sarah Shapiro

    Sarah Shapiro

    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.

    Sarah believes that as many people as possible should have access to reading and writing poetry. She teaches university analysis and writing at Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Boston, undergraduate writing and the environment at UMass Boston, and an itinerant writing workshop at the Osher Longlife Institute for adult education at UMass Boston. She has completed a residency with Cove Park, and has an audio-text poem forthcoming in TIMBER. Her poems have also appeared in glitterMOB, She Grrrowls, Bunbury, and Poetica Magazine.

    @shapi20s

    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.

    You can read a review of Natalie's pamphlet on the Poetry School website. Natalie's poem 'Moss' was the subject of one of the prizewinning poetryfilms in the inaugural competition run by the Poetry Centre. You can watch the film by Jane Glennie here.

    @natalie_poetry

    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.

    Read reviews of Small Inheritances on the Poetry School website here and on Harana Poetry.

    @mamoyobornfree @ma.moyo