Isabelle Baafi is a writer, poet and filmmaker from London. She received a BA in Comparative Literature and Film from the University of Kent. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition. She was also Commended in the 2020 Verve Poetry Competition. She is currently a member of the London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme (2019–20).
Her work has been featured in Lammergeier, petrichor, Kalahari Review, Allegro, Moko Magazine, AFREADA, Litro and Riggwelter Press; has been anthologised by Verve Poetry Press, Brittle Paper and The Caribbean Writer; and is forthcoming in Magma, Finished Creatures, Scriptus, Anthropocene, Sister Uncut: Resist, Broken Sleep Books, and The Poetry Review. To correspond with the publication of her poem 'hotboxing' in The Poetry Review, Isabelle wrote a 'Behind the Poem' essay that you can find on the Poetry Society's website, where you can also read the poem itself.
She has performed at numerous venues and festivals, including Westminster Reference Library, the Barbican, the Verve Poetry Festival, and the Battersea Arts Centre’s Homegrown Festival. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection.