Alan Cunningham is a writer from the north of Ireland. Currently based in London, he was born in Newry and has previously lived in Belfast, Dublin and Berlin. He has taught on issues relating to appropriation and art at the Node Centre for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, and on Intellectual Property issues at Queen Mary, University of London. Count from Zero to One Hundred is his first book.
Chris McCabe was born in Liverpool in 1977. He has published three collections, The Hutton Inquiry (Salt, 2005), Zeppelins (Salt, 2008) and THE RESTRUCTURE (Salt, 2012), and a pamphlet The Borrowed Notebook (Landfill, 2009). He works as Joint Librarian of The Poetry Library and lives in London and Liverpool with his wife and son.
Claire Trévien was born in Brittany. Her pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery was published by Salt in 2011. She is the editor of Sabotage Reviews and the co-organiser of Penning Perfumes, a creative collaboration between poets and perfumers.
David Caddy is a writer, critic, literary sociologist and historian. He lives in Dorset from where he edits international literary journal Tears in the Fence. He was co-author of London: City of Words (2006) with Westrow Cooper. Man in Black is his eighth book of poetry and follows the highly regarded collection The Willy Poems. David founded the East Street Poets in 1985, which he ran until 2001, and directed the Wessex Poetry Festival from 1995 until 2002.
Emily Critchley was born in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Dorset. She studied at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge. From Cambridge she gained a PhD in contemporary, American women’s experimental writing and philosophy, and was the recipient of the John Kinsella & Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize in 2004. She now lectures in English & Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich.
Emma Hammond’ first collection, tunth-sk, was published in 2011 by Flipped Eye. In addition she has self-published two pamphlets, softly softly catchy monkey and Sleeveless Errand. She has performed at many events in London over the last ten years. Emma works as a freelance copywriter and has taught experimental poetry for the Poetry School. In her spare time she mentors children at the Ministry of Stories.
Gemma Seltzer is a London-based writer and literary blogger. She is interested in charting her creative responses to people and places through interactive web-based projects. Her fiction has been published in .Cent magazine and as part of an exhibition catalogue commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery and ArtSway. She spoke at the 2009 Venice Biennale about the relationship between contemporary art and text.
George Ttoouli is an Honorary Teaching Fellow for the Warwick Writing Programme. He co-founded the Heaventree Press in 2002 and has worked in the education team at the Poetry Society. He’s now mostly skint, in Coventry. He co-edits poetry blogzine Gists & Piths. In 2004 he received a Jerwood-Arvon Young Writing Apprenticeship to work on a novel, which he still hasn’t abandoned.
Hannah Silva is a writer and theatre-maker whose work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. As a poet she has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Poetry Hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK.Her work for theatre includes the solo show Opposition, a play for a large cast of teenage girls, Orchid, and The Disappearance of Sadie Jones. She has written for radio and regularly appears on BBC Radio 3. Her latest play, Gagged, was a runner-up in the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. She is an associate lecturer in poetry and playwriting at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Heather Phillipson is an artist and poet. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2008 and a Faber New Poets award in 2009. As an artist, she exhibits nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the South London Gallery, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, Flat Time House, the Serpentine Gallery, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle), Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), and g39/Halle 14 (Leipzig). Her pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber in 2009. Her debut, full-length poetry collection, Instant-flex 718 will be published by Bloodaxe in 2013. heatherphillipson.co.uk
Honor Gavin was born in Birmingham in 1984 to a radio presenter and a retail assistant. To her three older siblings she owes her love of pop and Back to the Future. After her ambition of playing football for Aston Villa was jilted, she went on to study literature at the University of Oxford, where she also formed a band called How Can You. Architecturally, Hertford College’s Bridge of Sighs had nothing on Birmingham’s concrete skyways, prompting a fierce fondness for her home city that later became obsessive. A writer, musician, and academic, Gavin is a founding member of the whenwebuildagain.org collective, has written widely on subjects including Samuel Beckett, Buster Keaton, and Brutalism, and has been a contributor to zines such as The Modernist and All That is Common. After a period in Berlin, she currently teaches literature and film at the University of Sussex, and plays piano and guitar in a band called Textual.
James Wilkes was born in Poole in 1980. A graduate of Oxford University and UEA, he has taught English in Japan and writes art criticism. Interior Traces, a radio drama about brain imaging technologies, was broadcast in 2009. His previous publications include Ex Chaos, A DeTour (both Renscombe Press, 2006) and Reviews (Burner Veer, 2009).In 2008 he started a PhD on the construction of landscape in the Isle of Purbeck.
Katy Evans-Bush’s poetry publications are Me and the Dead, Egg Printing Explained (Salt Publishing, 2008 & 2011) and Oscar & Henry (Rack Press, 2010). Her blog, Baroque in Hackney, was shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2012. She lives in Stoke Newington, London.
Luke Kennard is the author of four collections of poetry and two pamphlets. His second book, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. His criticism has appeared in Poetry London and The Times Literary Supplement. He reviews fiction for The National and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.
Luke Wright is a poet and broadcaster. His poetry stage shows have toured the world and played sold-out runs in London and Edinburgh. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and his verse documentary on Channel 4 was nominated for a Grierson Award. Mondeo Man is his first collection.
Martin Kratz (co-editor) is an associate lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been widely published in magazines including The Rialto, Magma, The Interpreter’s House and The Moth. As a librettist, he collaborates regularly with the composer Leo Geyer, and their projects include the prizewinning song cycle Sideshows. Their chamber opera The Mermaid of Zennor was described by The Times as ‘imaginative and beautifully shaped.’
Meghan Purvis received her MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2006, where she is currently finishing her PhD. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Rialto, The Frogmore Papers, and Magma. She won the 2011 Times Stephen Spender Prize for an excerpt from her translation of Beowulf; another poem was commended. She lives in Cambridge.
Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester in 1982. Her poetry, short fiction and reviews have been published in literary magazines such as Succour, The Short Review, Magma and Tears in the Fence. She lives in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Michael Egan lives in Liverpool and is a member of Edge Hill University’s Poetry and Poetics Research Group. Michael’s poems have appeared in Erbacce, Great Works, Zafusy and Poetry Salzburg. A pamphlet, The River Swam, was published in 2005 and a second, Folklores, in 2010.
Naomi Booth grew up in West Yorkshire. She read English at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Her short fiction has been published as part of Myriad Editions’ Quick Fictions series. Her critical work has been published in New Formations and Textual Practice, and she is currently working on a monograph about swooning. Naomi lives in York and is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at York St John University.
Oliver Dixon was born in Sussex and, excepting periods travelling in Europe and Asia, has lived most of his adult life in London. He is a specialist teacher for students with learning disabilities. His poems and reviews have appeared in PN Review, The London Magazine, The Wolf, Frogmore Papers, Long Poem Magazine, Blackbox Manifold, Gists & Piths and New Welsh Review. He blogs at Ictus (oliverdixon1.blogspot.com). Human Form is his first book.
Rob Stanton was born in County Durham, raised in the Midlands, and educated in Cardiff and Leeds. He lives in the US with wife, daughter and cats. His poems and critical works have appeared in numerous online and print publications.
Roddy Lumsden has six previous collections including Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004) and Terrific Melancholy (Bloodaxe, 2011). He edited the anthology Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets (2010), and co-edited The Salt Book of Younger Poets. He is a Core Tutor for The Poetry School, Poetry Editor for Salt Publishing and Series Editor of Best British Poetry. Originally from Fife, he now lives in London and has also worked as a puzzle, quiz and popular reference writer.
Ross Sutherland was born Edinburgh in 1979. A former lecturer in electronic literature at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Ross’s poems have been published in Rising, Reactions, Orbis, Mercy, Tears in the Fence, The Fix and NME. A founding member of Aisle16, Ross has co-written eight live literature productions, including the critically acclaimed Poetry Boyband and Found in Translation. He’s completed solo tours of Switzerland and Germany, during which the Basel Zeitgung described him as “strömschnellen”. He is reliably informed that this has something to do with white water rafting.
Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He is the author of two collections of sci-fi poetry: The Last Refuge (Forest Publications 2009) and Spaces of Their Own (Stewed Rhubarb Press 2013) and was a guest editor for The Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and has also published on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan.
Ryan Van Winkle was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His debut collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and Scotland on Sunday. He has performed the poetry/theatre show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at Battersea Arts Centre, London Literature Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012. He lives in Edinburgh.
Sarah Hesketh was born in 1983 and grew up in Pendle, East Lancashire. She attended Merton College, Oxford and holds an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. In 2007 her collaboration with composer Alastair Caplin was performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival. She currently works as Assistant Director at the writers' charity English PEN.
Siddhartha Bose is a poet and performer based in London. He grew up in Bombay and Calcutta, followed by a seven year itch in the USA. Selections of his work have appeared in the anthologies City State: New London Poetry and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. He is playwright-in-residence with WhynotTheatre, Toronto, and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times.
Simon's debut collection, Los Alamos Mon Amour was published by Salt in 2008 and was a finalist for a Forward prize. Since then he has published Bonjour Tetris with Penned in the Margins and his second full collection from Salt, Neptune Blue, came out in 2011. In between publications, Simon enjoys developing live, multi-media events, the most recent being Psycho Poetica in 2010 and The Debris Field (with Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe) in 2012. He has collaborated with the artist Carolina Melis on several short films and currently works as a tutor for The Poetry School.
SJ Fowler is a poet and artist living in London. He has published four collections of poetry, most recently the limited-edition Recipes (Red Ceilings, 2012). He has produced poetry, sonic art, installation and performance artworks for the Tate, the Voiceworks project and the London Sinfonietta. He is the poetry editor of 3:AM Magazine and also works as a martial arts instructor, and as an employee of the British Museum.
Stephanie Leal is originally from New Jersey, USA. She received her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2007 and is studying for her PhD in Philosophy. She currently lives in Norwich.
Steve Spence lives in Plymouth and co-organises live poetry group The Language Club. His reviews and poetry have appeared in Great Works, Shearsman, Stride, Tears in the Fence, Tenth Muse and The Rialto. He was assistant editor of Terrible Work magazine for four issues and in 2007 completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth. His debut book, A Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman, 2010), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Susie Gordon is a poet, novelist and playwright. She was born in 1981, raised in Ormskirk, Lancashire and educated at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Tamsin Kendrick graduated from Oxford University in 2004. She has performed in Ireland, New Zealand and New York, as well as at numerous UK spoken word cabarets including Shortfuse’s Poetry Idol, Latitude Festival, New Blood, Heartbeats (Liverpool), Voice & Verse (Galway), The Cellar, Brick Lane Festival, Elephest, Fruitstock and Dodo Modern Poets. Her poetry has been published in Tears in the Fence, The Wolf, The Delinquent, The Fix and Rising.
Theodoros Chiotis (editor) is a poet and literary theorist. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Greece, the UK, the US, Sweden, Croatia and Australia. He is Project Manager at the Cavafy Archive (Onassis Foundation) and a DPhil candidate in the Department of Modern Greek at the University of Oxford. He lives in Athens.
Tim Cresswell was born in Cambridge in 1965 but didn’t stay there long. Since then he has travelled, first as part of an Air Force family and then as a student and academic. As a geographer he is the author of five books on place, mobility and other key ideas in geographic thought. Since 2006 he has been Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He lives with his wife and three children in Acton, west London, but that is about to change as they are about to relocate (again) to Boston where Tim will transform into Professor of History and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Soil is his debut collection of poems.
Tim Wells has cultivated a laugh that’s more like a caress. He walks properly. He does not slouch, shuffle or stumble about. He knows that wide, floating trousers are only good for wearing on a veranda with a cocktail in your hand.
Tom Chivers was born in South London in 1983. His publications include How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009) and The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets). A regular reviewer for Poetry London, he presented a documentary about the poet Barry MacSweeney for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011.
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