Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and…

James Tate

…the National Book Award. His Selected Poems, published 1991, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the William Carlos Williams award. He was a professor of English at the University…

Denise Riley

…the Poetry Society in response to the centenary of the First World War. The Pity commissions were premiered live at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, on 2 October, National Poetry Day,…

Kyriakos Charalambides

poetry. Three of them were awarded the First State Prize for Poetry (Cyprus). His book Tholos (Dome) was award the Athens Academy Prize (1989) and his collection Metahistory was awarded the Greek National

Aisling Fahey

…and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, National Poetry Day Live – on the same bill as the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Aisling’s poetry was included in a NATE…

Will Harris

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…

Joan Michelson

…‘Self-Portrait With Secret’ was a winner of the Members’ Poems competition in the winter 2016 issue of The Poetry Society’s Poetry News. Originally from New England, Joan lives in London….

Gill Learner

…2001 she has won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2008 and the Buxton poetry competition (2011). Her first collection, The Agister’s Experiment, (2011) was published by Two Rivers…

Anne-Marie Fyfe

…and Selected Poems, with a fifth collection, House of Small Absences, due out in April 2015. She also won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Curaçao Dusk’….

Nicola Mayne

…and illustrates things for her patient children and husband. She was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as a winner of the Members’ Poems Competition on the theme of ‘Gold’….

Janet Lancaster

…Stanza Competition. Janet has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, including two published by OWF Press. Janet loves to…

Natalie Whittaker

…Southbank Poetry. In 2016 she was commended in the Brittle Star competition and the Plough Poetry Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the Frogmore Prize and the Bridport Prize….

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….

Yvonne Reddick

Yvonne Reddick’s pamphlet Translating Mountains won the 2017 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and is published by Seren. She won a Northern Writer’s Award in 2016 and was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017. Her book Ted…

Robin Houghton

Robin Houghton is published in many magazines including Agenda, Bare Fiction, Envoi, Poetry News, Prole and The Rialto, and in numerous anthologies. She won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize…

Angela Platt

Angela Platt was The Poetry Society Stanza Rep for Newport and and had been a Poetry Society Member for many years. In summer 2019 Angela’s poem ‘Moonshine’ was published in…

Mario Petrucci

Mario Petrucci is the winner of the Bridport Prize, the London Writers Competition (four times) and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for his debut collection Shrapnel and Sheets. He has…

Natalie Linh Bolderston

Natalie Linh Bolderston won the silver Creative Future Writers’ Award in 2018 and was a runner-up in the 2019 BBC Proms Poetry Competition. She was the first-prize winner in the…

Julie Lumsden

Julie Lumsden won The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2009 with ‘Fancy Man’ and her poems have also been published in Poetry News. Her pamphlet True Crime was published…

Richard Goodson

Richard Goodson is a poet, creative writing teacher and runs The Poetry Society’s Nottingham Stanza. He was winner of our 2008 Stanza Poetry Competition with ‘Daniel Craig: The Screensaver’, which was…

Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson currently lives in Paris. He recently completed the Arvon/Jerwood mentoring scheme and was one of 2014’s Aldeburgh Eight. He was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as…

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.  …

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including Joy Street, Syringa and Night Ringing. Her poem ‘Gratitude List’ won the Common Good Books poetry competition, judged by Garrison…

Lucy Thynne

…on prose poetry on Young Poets Network and a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is a…

Chris Beckett

…MPT and Poetry London, also in anthologies, including Sidekick’s latest Birdbook. He won the Poetry London competition in 2001 and his second collection, Ethiopia Boy, was published by Carcanet/Oxford Poets…

Arvis Viguls

…the best debut and Poetry Days Prize as the best poetry book of the year. After his second critically acclaimed collection 5:00 (2012) he is now working on his third…

Mimi Khalvati

…the UK and Iran. She has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year,…

Simon Armitage

…Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and in 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.  In May 2019…

Jackie Kay

…and Darling. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and her children’s poetry collection, Red, Cherry Red won the CLPE Poetry Award. She is Professor of Creative Writing at…

Kate Tempest

…word release was Broken Herd (2009). Her poetry book/CD/DVD package Everything Speaks in its Own Way (2012) was followed by a new collection of poetry Hold Your Own (Picador, 2014)….

Eva Salzman

Eva Salzman is the author of four collections of poetry, all of which have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations or Special Commendations. The latest is Double Crossing: New and Selected…

Susan Utting

…TLS, The Independent, Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review and Poems on the Underground. Following Striptease (Smith/Doorstop) and Houses Without Walls (Two Rivers Press), Fair’s Fair (also TRP) is…

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation among others. An Aviary of Small Birds, her debut poetry collection published in 2014 by OxfordPoets, is an elegy to her stillborn son….

David Morley

…The Invisible Kings and Scientific Papers. David is known for poetry installations within natural landscapes: ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. His podcasts are among the most popular creative…

David Borrott

David Borrott has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been anthologised in Watermark, published by Flax, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New…

Hannah Brockbank

…in The Poetry Shed, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge, and British Life in Poetry. Her first pamphlet, Bloodlines was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing (2017). She is currently…

Sheenagh Pugh

…and 1997) and the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (1984 and 1988). Other accolades include the Forward Prize for best individual poem in 1997, the Wales Book of the Year Award…

Laura Scott

Laura Scott is the winner of The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2015, awarded by The Poetry Society and The Poetry Review. Her poems have been widely published in magazines including The…

Anna Szabó

…Yeats, and Updike. She published her first volume of poetry when she was twenty-three, winning the Petofi Prize for promising young poets. Her poetry has since won every major Hungarian…

Pauline Stainer

Pauline Stainer was commissioned by the Churches Conservation Trust and the Poetry Society to write a celebratory poem to mark the CCT’s 40th anniversary in 2008. She is an acclaimed…

Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971. A poet and essayist, he has published six volumes of poetry, including Guerickes Sperling (2004), Achtzehn Pasteten (2007), Australien (2010)and his…

Ahren Warner

…in 2012. Ahren’s second collection, Pretty, published in June 2013, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is poetry editor of Poetry London. Ahren was a Commended Foyle Young Poet…

Clara Janés

…delicias,  ‘Ψ or the Garden of Delights’ (2014) won the León University Poetry Award. Louis Bourne’s translations of poems from this book appear in The Poetry Review, 108:2, Summer 2018….

Eleanor Hooker

…worldwide, including: Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda, The Irish Times, POEM and Cyphers. In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish…

W.N. Herbert

W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he published his DPhil thesis (To  Circumjack MacDiarmid, OUP, 1992). He has published seven volumes of poetry

Rishi Dastidar

…from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organisation Spread The Word….

Yomi Ṣode

…he delivered the second annual Verve Poetry Performance Lecture. COAT, Yomi’s first one-man show, has toured nationally and he is currently working on his first poetry collection and second show….

Michael Donaghy

…Collected Poems was published in 2009. Other projects included ‘Wallflowers’, a lecture on poetry published by the Poetry Society and a film, Habit, in collaboration with the director Miranda Pennel…

Ann Pelletier-Topping

…were published in Moor Poets’ fourth anthology. She belongs to a Poetry Seminar Group led by Greta Stoddart of the Poetry School. When she’s not writing, she teaches French in…

Roger McGough

Roger McGough, poet, playwright, children’s writer and broadcaster, was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He is the President of the Poetry

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…

Luljeta Lleshanaku

…selection of newer work. It is a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and is shortlisted for the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for poetry translated from a European language into English….

Jess Green

…tour. The theatre adaptation of Burning Books was longlisted for the Bread & Roses Theatre Award and toured nationally including to NUT National Conference. Her second show, A Self Help…

Catherine Labiran

…performed as a part of National Poetry Day Live at the Royal Festival Hal in 2011  alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and Jackie Kay. She was also…

Jon Dressel

…in St. Louis, Missouri. He has won prizes in major poetry competitions in both the USA and Britain such as the British National Competition 1989 and Cardiff International Competition, 1990….

Jon Sait

Jon Sait won the 2004 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Homeland’….

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)….

Jack Underwood

…2015) and Solo for Mascha Voice/Tenuous Rooms (Test Centre, 2018). He is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths College. He was a judge for the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Inua Ellams

…of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest…

Matthew Caley

…and 2nd) in separate National Poetry Competitions. His second full-length collection, The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), was followed by a third, Apparently (2010), from Bloodaxe…

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….

Ella Frears

…Arts Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. She’s completed residencies for the National Trust, Tate Britain, K6 Gallery and Royal Holloway University. Her collaborative installation The Six Pillars of Modernism, was exhibited at Tate St.Ives….

Clive Eastwood

Clive Eastwood is Stanza rep for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Stanza. He has one full collection, Fly In Red Wine which was published by the National Poetry Foundation….

Adham Smart

…2010) and The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011). Adham was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.  …

Gillian Clarke

…She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the…

Will Kemp

…environmental impacts of major developments. Will has been highly placed in several national competitions, and won the Keats-Shelley Prize, Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award and Envoi International Poetry Prize. His…

F.J. Williams

…held a NATE teaching fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He also lectured in English at University College Chester. He has won prizes in national competitions for his…

Julian May

…and has worked as a BBC radio producer for 25 years. He was responsible for Radio 4’s contribution to National Poetry Day for many years, a founder-producer of Radio 3’s…

Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds (born November 19, 1942) is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1984 National Book Critics…

Gail McConnell

Gail McConnell is from Belfast and her debut poetry pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, PN Review and elsewhere. Gail was co-winner…

Kim Moore

…Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. It was also chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks…

Jonathan Greenhause

Winner of Aesthetica Magazine’s 2018 Creative Writing Award in Poetry and the 2017 Ledbury Poetry Competition, Jonathan Greenhause lives in New Jersey, USA, with his wife and two sons. He…

Annemarie Austin

Annemarie Austin was born in Devon. She won the Cheltenham Literature Festival Poetry Competition in 1980, and her first collection, The Weather Coming (1987), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation….

Cia Mangat

…written and judged by poet Rishi Dastidar, on Young Poets Network; is commended in the Riddle Me This poetry challenge; and is a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. …

Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet for White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015)….

Angela Stoner

…collection of poetry Weight and Flight (Oversteps Books). She finds the support and insight of groups such as Stanza invaluable.  She was the winner of the 2012 Stanza Poetry Competition….

Jane Kite

Jane Kite lives in Otley, West Yorkshire. She is joint managing editor of Otley Word Feast Press. She was commended in The Poetry Society’s 2013 Stanza Poetry Competition on the…

Emily Hana

…winner in the 2019 August challenge #2 on how-to poetry, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Fiyinfoluwa Oladipo. She is a winner in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017.   …

Mara Bergman

Mara Bergman’s first collection, The Tailor’s Three Sons and Other New York Poems Seren (2015), won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition. Crossing Into Tamil Nadu, published in 2016, was a Templar…

Annie Fan

…Network and highly commended in the Nearlyology challenge. They are also a runner-up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017 and the second prize winner in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge on Young Poets Network….

Matilda Houston-Brown

…and Jen Hadfield. She is also a commended poet in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition, and commended in the Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2018 on Young Poets Network….

Paul Batchelor

…shortlisted for The Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2008 and the Glen Dimplex Prize for Best First Collection. His poem ‘Comeuppance’ won the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition in 2009….

Yvonne Green

Yvonne Green was born in London in 1957. Her first collection, Boukhara, was a winner in the Poetry Business Competition, and her collection After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin was named as…

Ian Humphreys

…Rialto. He won the Hamish Canham Prize in 2016 and the PENfro Poetry Competition in 2013. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize. Ian is a…

Claire Booker

…Magma, the Morning Star, the North, Rialto, the Spectator and on the side of a Guernsey bus. She has been a Poetry Society Members’ Poem winner three times in Poetry

Richard Westcott

…and his poems have appeared in various places including the Mary Evans Poetry Blog, Lighten Up Online, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ledbury Festival site. He blogs at www.richardwestcottspoetry.com…

Roger Robinson

…winners of the challenge and poems created in a workshop led by Kayo Chingonyi at The Poetry Society appear in an anthology available to read on The Poetry Society’s website….

Sugar J

…winners of the challenge and poems created in a workshop led by Kayo Chingonyi at The Poetry Society appear in an anthology available to read on The Poetry Society’s website….

David Olsen

…titles where his work appears are Poetry News, Acumen, Envoi, Dream Catcher, Frogmore Papers, South, The Interpreter’s House, The Journal, Northampton Poetry Review, Writing Magazine, Prole, Assent, and Oxford Magazine. David has lived in Oxford since 2002. www.davidolsenpoetry.net…

Helen Overell

…magazines including Scintilla, Other Poetry, The Interpreter’s House and in Poetry News, as well as in anthologies including The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and…

John Whitworth

John Whitworth’s poetry has been featured in The Poetry Review since 1982, the most recent being ‘Religion and Poetry’ in the Winter 2008 issue….

Olivia Todd

…the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard; the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge on Young Poets Network, written and judged by Bee Rowlatt of the Mary…

Colette Sensier

…Best British Poetry 2011, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Eyewear Publishing’s Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, among others. Colette was runner-up in the inaugural Melita Hume…

Kathryn Simmonds

Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.  In 2013 she became the first Poet-in-Residence at The Charles Causley Trust and published her second poetry collection, The Visitations…

Liane Strauss

…Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, The Poetry Review, The Iowa…

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry’s pamphlet, little armoured (Seren, 2012), won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her first full collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe, 2015), was a…

Amy Key

Amy Key’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales and Poetry magazine. Her debut collection Luxe was published by Salt in 2013. She is the editor of Best…

Ros Barber

…(Anvil, 2008) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Faber’s Poems of the Decade (2012) and Penguin’s The Poetry of Sex (2014)….

Jack Cooper

…nonsense poetry challenge. Jack is commended in the Climate Crisis and You challenge, the Bletchley Park challenge, the moon poetry challenge, the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge, the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019…