Helen Bowell

Helen Bowell is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘No Man’s Land’ poetry challenges….

Jacob Wright

Jacob is highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Guntaj Arora

Guntaj Arora is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Automatic writing’ challenge….

Josiah Mortimer

Josiah is a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network….

Helen Zhou

Helen Zhou is a winner of a number of Young Poets Network poetry challenges, including ‘Like Starlings’ and ‘Why should anyone care?’….

Benedict Mulcare

Benedict is a winner in the Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. 

Emily Ingle

Emily is a winner in the Winter Poems challenge on Young Poets Network….

James Watson

Winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poets of 2000.

Katherine Liu

Katherine is highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Emma Kemp

Emma Kemp is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Why should anyone care?’ poetry challenge….

Jake Street

Jake is commended in the Wish List challenge on Young Poets Network and the second-prize winner in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry….

Hero Bain

Hero is highly commended in the I Am the Universe challenge on Young Poets Network….

Emma Warren

Emma Warren is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Univocal’ and ‘Like Starlings’ poetry challenges….

Daniel Blokh

Daniel is a winner in the Short Poems challenge and a commended poet in the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016 on Young Poets Network…

Cecilia Hornyak

Cecilia is commended in the Wish List challenge on Young Poets Network….

Emma Yeo

Emma Yeo is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Poem on a postcard’ poetry challenge…

J E M Naylor

Winner of the Simon Elvin Young Poets of 2000.

Esme Layton

Esme Layton is a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Freud and the unconscious’ poetry challenge….

Warsan Shire

…My Mother How To Give Birth, a poetry pamphlet published by flipped eye. In October 2013, Shire was also selected from a shortlist of six young bards as the first…

The Tailor’s Three Sons

…is hard to imagine enough room for even one young boy to sit down. I think of the sons because when night came at last, and the whirr of machines…

Mountain Bikers in the Trenches

Heads down boys! Here they come again the bold army of young men in bright helmets coursing down our nettled lane to jump the training trenches we dug a wild…

They creep around…

…it’s always the same, For these demons that come have only one aim, They seek out the young and the pure of heart, Then they tear at their soul and…

Hating Men

…we were in a grocery store. It is important to know that earlier in the day a customer had smashed a bottle of rosemary and peppermint shampoo. A young man,…

Aisling Fahey

…DVD poetry in performance resource sent to every school in UK. She was a member of the Barbican Young Poets and Roundhouse Collective. In 2014 Aisling was appointed Young Poet Laureate…

Neighbourhood

The young man has finished his lunch and is picking his teeth behind his hand. The bird scratches in the cage, showering him with canary seed and bird droppings. I…

The Tale of a Chivalrous and Gallant Knight

…Now their champion hath betrayed, And came to young Cameron’s aid. It seemed that Blair’s power would fade.   Thus when the time came for election, Blair to his men…

Playing in the Snow

Ice man. Ice man. I sought you on snowy days when I was a young boy. While my family played with sleds or warmed themselves indoors, My purpose was altogether…

The book stall outside King’s Cross station

“A penny for a tale, young master?” The crone called from her stall. “Find out how Dr Jekyll Attended his latest ball.” Her corset was laced crooked, Though her shoes…

Gen

…word they’ve #’d or abbreviated, each god they’ve never worshipped, every song they’ve downloaded, shook their arses to or sung, I say bow down, bow down, the young, the young….

Nine nights

…yard. Till he mother fell down under the weight of her dead son. So young she muttered so young. Song Grief song is a different story. A clap of hands…

Noah’s Notes (Preliminary)

…a grub. When the starling speaks in French, you must listen. The hare may not always be a Christian. The moth found on a young boy’s kimono sleeve brings sorrow….

Trainee Priest at Rochuskapelle

…me, young when he gave himself to God. While the priests are diluting wine I would have him tug off his sack, step down, walk… I will lie him across…

Katie Hale

of The Poetry Review. She has twice won the Anne Pierson Award, and in 2010 won the Ver Poets Young Writers’ Prize. In 2011/12, she was a Barbican Young Poet….

Snow White: The anti-fairytale

…decided to visit Snow White, She offered the young lady a poisoned apple, But she was hesitant to take a bite. Snow White politely accepted the gift, On the table…

On and Off the Wall

…a votive basket placed on the cared-for grave of a young girl — a few of her toys tucked inside — a cloth doll swaddled in lace, eyes stitched in…

Colmcille on Exile

…the exquisite Plain of Eolarg, back to Benevanagh, to go back across the Foyle and listen to the swans singing at full tilt as my boat, the Dew-Red, puts in…

Inua Ellams

…2015, The Salt Book of Younger Poets 2012, Chorus (MTV Books), City State (Penned in the Margins) TEN: The New Wave (Bloodaxe), and in magazines such as The Poetry Review,…

Mary Ruefle

…the anthologies  Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was…

Emma Danes

…Stanza Poetry Competition, and been published in anthologies and magazines including CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop) and The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt). Emma lives…

Jan Wagner

…has also translated the work of several British and American poets. He has received many awards for his poetry, including the Ernst Meister Prize (2005), the Wilhelm Lehmann Prize (2009),…

Carrie Etter

…Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). She also publishes short stories, reviews and the occasional essay. Imagined Sons was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award….

Anna Crowe

…Andrews. She was the runner-up in the National Poetry Competition 1985 and her most recent work is Peatlands, translations of poems by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano (Arc Visible Poets, 2014)….

Helen Overell

…writing and takes part in courses and seminar groups at the Poetry School as well as taking an active role in the Mole Valley Poets. Her work is published in…

Eric Berlin

Eric Berlin is a freelance editor living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches “Ear Training for Poets” and “The Poetics of Prayer” at the Downtown Writers’ Center. He received…

John Lyons

Poets Afro-Caribbean and Asian prize; a commendation in the National Poetry Competition, and in the Peterloo Poetry Competition. His latest collections are Cook-Up in a Trini Kitchen (Peepal Tree, 2009)…

Melanie Drane

…contest she had ever entered. She then began sending poems out for publications and competitions, achieving great success. She now joins a long list of outstanding poets who have won…

Kathleen Jamie

Jamie was born in 1962 in Scotland. In 1994, she was named as one of the ‘new generation poets’. She became Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling…

Yet More Foreign Cities

“Nobody wants any more poems about foreign cities…” – quoted by Charles Tomlinson as epigraph to More Foreign Cities … and then there was Kilpisjärvi, mentioned by few poets, and…

Eleanor Hooker

…Cyphers. In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets.  She lives in North Tipperary, Ireland, with her husband Peter and two sons….

David Hart

David Hart has won several major prizes, including the National Poetry Competition 1994 and the Common Ground/Blue Nose Poets Field Days competition. His poems were published in 1999 as Setting…

Benjamin Zephaniah

…he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known poets….

Ann Drysdale

Ann Drysdale received second prize in the 2001 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘New Fruit’. Her collections include Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002) and Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon, 2009)….

Janet Lancaster

…be in the company of fellow poets – reading contemporary published poetry, sharing drafts of new poems and offering mutual encouragement. Recently she has also taken up target archery. She…

Emily Berry

…for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize. She was named among the Next Generation Poets 2014. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at…

Edward Doegar

…currently working towards his first collection. He was recently selected for The Complete Works II, a two-year mentoring and development programme for ten advanced black and Asian poets in the…

Bernadette Lynch

Bernadette has been writing poetry for the last 6 years and finds her work greatly enhanced by belonging to groups of fellow poets, including the recently-formed Brum Stanza. Her poetry…

Jeff Skinner

…Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry,  The Open Mouse –  and on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads with Exeter Poets Uncut….

Triolet, triolet

…queue But we are experiencing a high volume of calls. (And a slim volume of verse.) All our poets are writing sonnets. If you know the number of the department…

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Debbie Lim

Debbie Lim, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Sydney. Her poems have appeared in publications including Cordite Poetry Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattman, 2013)…

Julian May

…The Verb, and winner of a Sony Award for A Requiem for St Kilda. He has commissioned and collaborated creatively with many poets and artists to produce documentaries, arts programmes…

John Freeman

…A Suite for Summer (Worple). Stride also published a book of essays, The Less Received: Neglected Modern Poets. Recent magazine publications include Iota, Poetry Wales, Scintilla and The Lampeter Review….

Hannah Lowe

…Her family memoir Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2015) featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She…

(Into)national Anthem

…gambling addictions are long to rain over us like hail. The miners and dockers that trudge through the shadows of cleaners and poets, and two-up-two-down, dropped Hs, ten kids-ers, speculating…

Mary King

…The Poetry Business and came second in Manchester Cathedral’s Poetry Competition judged by Jo Bell. She works with a poetry group, Keele Poets at Silverdale, lead by Caroline Hawkridge.  …

Denise Saul

…and Asian poets in the UK, organised by Spread the Word. Denise won the 2011 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her pamphlets, White Narcissi (Flipped Eye) and House of…

Dannie Abse

…1948, his latest collected appearing in 2003. In between Abse established himself as one of Britain’s leading and most popular poets. Brought up in Cardiff, Abse draws on both his…

David Constantine

…is Elder (Bloodaxe, 2014). His co-translations include editions of Henri Michaux and Philippe Jaccottet in the Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets series. He has also translated Goethe’s Faust for Penguin Classics….

Zaffar Kunial

Zaffar Kunial published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust the same year. In 2011 he won third prize in…

What We Can Least Afford to Lose

…of pubs, of ales with names As numerous as bargemen or as poets. Listen: the water gurgles obscenely, it gargles serenely. The vista of Tegg’s Nose unfolds as the boat…

Eva Salzman

…Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004). Most recently she co-edited, with Amy Wack, the anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English. She participated in the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places, a two-year…

Salena Godden

Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes…

Carolyn Oxley

Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley lives in Longmont, Colorado in view of the Rocky Mountain foothills. She is a freelance writer for the Boulder Weekly and meets regularly with local poets at…

Elaine Gaston

Elaine Gaston, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, is from Ireland’s north coast. She has been published by Blackstaff Press and Peterloo Poets, and in many poetry journals including Poetry…

Sarah Barr

Sarah Barr lives in Dorset and has recently set up a new Poetry Society Stanza group in Wimborne which she hopes local poets will enjoy coming to. She writes poetry…

Dai George

…University’s writing programme. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Best British Poetry. His latest collection is The Claims Office (Seren, 2013)….

Moniza Alvi

…Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1994. Her later collections, published by Bloodaxe Books, include Europa (2008) and At the Time of Partition (2013). Both were shortlisted for the T.S….

Isabel Bermudez

…and in Bogota, Colombia 1998-2001. She is currently a peripatetic tutor of French, Spanish and English. Her publications are Extranjeros (Flarestack Poets, 2015), Small Disturbances (Rockingham 2016) and Sanctuary (Rockingham 2018)….

Peter Gizzi

…2001, he has been a professor in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. For several years, he was poetry editor of The Nation;…

Olivia McCannon

Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at the…

Topical Tip

“My vegetable love should grow…” and Marvellous to note a mind so elevated touch upon a thing as lowly for Love’s likeness.        (Hull’s a home to peas and poets.)…

Kristiina Ehin

Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets and is known throughout Europe for her poetry and short stories. She has an MA in Comparative and Estonian Folklore from the…

Alfred Corn

…from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine….

Helen Jagger

Helen Jagger’s poems have been published in the UK, US and Australia.  She runs The Poetry Society’s North Cornwall Stanza, many poetry workshops and has facilitated the Indian King Poets. She was poet…

Julie-ann Rowell

…Ware Poets and Mslexia Poetry Competitions (twice), as well as being published in many magazines and journals. She has poems in several anthologies, including Furies (For Books’ Sake), edited by…

Lorna Shaughnessy

…the Brown River and Witness Trees (Salmon Poetry) as well as two translations of contemporary Mexican poets: Mother Tongue: Selected Poems by Pura López Colomé and If We Have Lost…