Poets Poets was founded in 2017 by members of the UCL
English Department to promote public engagement with poetry through a range of
targeted events. These include workshops for secondary schools, an annual Poets
Poets Day at which poets read and discuss published work or
work-in-progress before an audience of practising poets and poetry-lovers, and
a series of collaborations with The Globe, The London Review of Books & Poet in the City.
Our annual Poets Poets Day of poetry readings and discussion will be held at the Institute of Advanced Studies in University College London (Gower Street) on Saturday June 16th, 10.30-17.00.
The current members of the Poets Poets committee are: Jess Cotton, Mark Ford, Dai George, Eric Langley & Matthew Sperling.
Notes on the Poets
Liz Berry was born and brought up in the Black Country, and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, and an Arvon-Jerwood mentorship in 2011, and in 2012 she won the Poetry London competition. Her debut pamphlet, The Patron Saint of School Girls, was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010. Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, and winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine.
Mary Jean Chan
Mary Jean Chan is a poet and editor from Hong Kong who currently lives in London. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber (2019). Her work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, Carcanet New Poetries VII, The Best New British and Irish Poetry 2018, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Ambit Magazine, The Rialto, The London Magazine, Oxford Poetry, Callaloo Journal, The Asian American Writers' Workshop, Magma, The Scores, Tongue and English: Journal of the English Association, and is forthcoming from The White Review, Mascara Literary Review and anthologies such as Wretched Strangers: Transnational Poetries (Boiler House Press), The Dizziness of Freedom: A Poetry Anthology on Mental Health (Bad Betty Press), Lunar Poetry Podcast: An Anthology (Verve Poetry Press) and Armistice: A Laureate's Choice of Poems of War and Peace (Faber & Faber). A Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic, Mary Jean's reviews are published in or forthcoming from The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, The Poetry School and the Hong Kong Review of Books.
Mary Jean is the winner of the 2017 Anne Born Prize, the 2017 Postcolonial Studies Association/Journal of Postcolonial Writing Postgraduate Essay Prize, the 2017 Psychoanalysis and Poetry Competition, the 2017 Poetry Society Members' Competition and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL). She came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and placed Third in the 2016 Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry. Mary Jean was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize and the 2016 Resurgence Poetry Prize (Commended). Her debut pamphlet A Hurry of English is published by ignitionpress, and was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Mary Jean is an editor at Oxford Poetry.
Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He co-edits 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he was featured in ES Magazine as part of the “new guard” of London poets. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied, published by HappenStance in 2017, was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in May 2018. ‘SAY‘ is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks, shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Out There (2012) won the Hawthornden Prize. An earlier selection of his poems was published as Sky Nails (2000), and he is editor of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004). The Embrace, his translations of Valerio Magrelli's poetry, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld and the John Florio prizes.
Vidyan Ravinthiran teaches at the University of Birmingham, and is an editor at Prac Crit, the online magazine of poetry and poetics, as well as the author of Elizabeth Bishop's Prosaic (Bucknell, 2015), winner of both the University English Prize and the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. His first book of poems, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014), was shortlisted for first collection prizes including the Forward, and poems towards his next, The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here, won a Northern Writers Award. He also writes literary journalism, most recently for Poetry (verse) and The Telegraph (fiction), and is represented as an author of fiction by the Wylie Agency.
Rebecca Tamás' most recent pamphlet, Savage, came out with Clinic Press in 2017, and was chosen as the LRB Bookshop's joint Pamphlet of the Year and as one of The Poetry's School's Books of the Year. Rebecca was the winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize, and she has been published in journals such as The White Review, The London Review of Books and Poetry Review. Rebecca's first full collection, WITCH, will be published by Penned in the Margins in 2019.
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