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…

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….

Derek Hughes

…a member of The Poetry Society’s South Leicestershire Stanza. He’s been placed several times in competitions and was delighted to win First Prize in the Magma short poetry competition in…

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….

Madeleine Wurzburger

Madeleine Wurzburger works as an EFL teacher in Richmond, and has published two poetry pamphlets: Sleeve Catching Fire at Dawn (Poetry Business Competition Winner 2018) and Only a Few are…

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)….

Paul Stephenson

…was published in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News as a winner of the Members’ Poems Competition on the themes of ‘Home’, ‘Gold’ and ‘The Tiny World’. His website is paulstep.com…

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…

David Bleiman

…Dempsey & Windle. He is a member of the Edinburgh Stanza poetry group. David’s poem, A Yiddish phrase book, is one of the winners of the Poetry News members’ competition….

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…

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….

Michael Saunderson

…His poems have appeared in Under the Radar, Here Comes Everyone online and as a featured poet for Pure&Good&Right poetry events. He was commended in the Verve Poetry Festival Competition 2020….

Matilda Houston-Brown

…the Namedropping challenge with People Need Nature and Jen Hadfield, is commended in the secondary category of the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition, and commended in the Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2018….

Yvonne Green

…pamphlet, Boukhara (2007), won The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. She has published 4 full-length collections including; The Assay (2010), Honoured (2015) and Jam & Jerusalem (2018). After Semyon Izrailevich…

Hugo Williams

…a regular contributor to the ‘Freelance’ column in The Times Literary Supplement and is poetry editor for The Spectator. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2004….

Mir Mahfuz Ali

…readings and performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry London, Ambit…

Robert Crawford

…Recommendations and Full Volume was shortlisted for the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His latest poetry

John Glenday

Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, The Golden Mean was published by Picador in September…

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….

Jayant Kashyap

…Parker. He is also the third-prize winner in the Bletchley Park challenge. Jayant is commended in the 2021 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard;…

Jean Sprackland

…and is Education Director for the Poetry Archive. Jean was the original manager of the Poetryclass inset scheme, which supports teachers in overcoming the challenges they face when teaching poetry….

Eric Berlin

…Contemporary Art Space, he returned to poetry, winning The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and receiving a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, where he began a book on the rhythm of…

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….

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…

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….

Con Connell

Con Connell coordinates the Southampton Stanza of The Poetry Society. He is BBC award-winning, and erstwhile poet-in-residence at Southampton FC. He has co-edited three poetry collections, and his work has…

Tamar Yoseloff

…2011). Formerly combines a new sonnet sequence with photographs by Vici MacDonald, exhibited at the Poetry Café and the Poetry Library. It was also published as a chapbook by Hercules…

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection Zebra is with Nine Arches Press. His work is widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Rialto and…

Julian Stannard

…for both the Pushcart Prize for Poetry (USA) and a Forward Prize (UK). He writes for The Poetry Review, the Guardian, TLS, PN Review, Poetry London,  and Nuova Corrente (Italy)….

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…

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…

Alan Brownjohn

…he served on the Arts Council Literature Panel, was the Chairman of the Poetry Society from 1982-1988 and has collaborated in three teaching anthologies for secondary schools. His poetry has…

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

Anne Stewart

…is a part-time administrator for Second Light, a network of women poets, was President of the Shortlands Poetry Circle, and continues as Poetry Society Stanza rep for Kent North West….

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…

Kae Tempest

…Glasshouse for Cardboard Citizens. They have written poetry for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barnado’s, Channel 4 and the BBC, and worked with Amnesty International to help secondary school children write…

Amelia Doherty

…#1, themed around edgelands, and a winner in the Great Fire poetry challenge. She is additionally a commended poet in the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge, and the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge….

Helen Jayne Gunn

Helen’s poems have been published by Mslexia, Leaf Books, Shoestring Press, Soundswrite Press and other poetry publications.  She started reading and writing poetry when she got a job in a…

Toon Tellegen

…wife, and worked as a GP until his recent retirement. In 2011, his collection Raptors, translated into English by Judith Wilkinson, won The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation….

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo

Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo is a commended Foyle Young Poet in 2018, and appears on a Poetry Society podcast with fellow Foyle Young Poet Em Power and three Chicago Youth Poet…

Sheila Schofield

Sheila Schofield wrote for and edited numerous publications throughout her career in the charity sector. She started writing poetry about 20 years ago and has contributed to several anthologies. She…

Eleni Cay

…poetic combinations, featured on Button Poetry and Moving Poems. Eleni has been invited to read her poetry at the Harvard University, International Ars Poetica Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Villa Trebitsch…

Jack Cooper

…challenge, the Climate Crisis and You challenge, the Bletchley Park challenge, the moon poetry challenge, the Mary Wollstonecraft challenge, the Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019 and August challenge #3 on meta-poetry….

Andrew Motion

Professor Andrew Motion was born in London on 26 October 1952, and read English at University College, Oxford. An acclaimed poet (and champion of poetry), critic, biographer and lecturer, Andrew…

Theophilus Kwek

…in 2016. He served as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and is currently Editor of Oxford Poetry and Chief Executive Assistant at Asymptote, an international journal of translation….

Mona Arshi

…Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press 2015), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published by Pavilion Poetry in 2019….

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

Charles Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley was killed in action in October 1915 and his poetry was published posthumously in 1916. Some of his poetry was published in The Poetry Review in 1916,…

Lydia Wei

…Freud’s work of the same name; and the third-prize winner in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry, and in the Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize 2018….

Joanna Guthrie

…second collection Water Person Kit. Her poems have been published in The Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Magma, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Ireland Review and Rialto. Her prose has appeared The Guardian….

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy was born in County Waterford, Ireland, and is the author of eight poetry collections. Pandemonium (Carcanet, 2016) was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award. His most recent,…

Clare Best

…and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL. Springlines, a collaboration with the painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of…

Maggie Butt

Maggie Butt has published five poetry collections and a novel. She’s an ex-journalist and BBC TV producer who’s taught creative writing at Middlesex University for 26 years and is now…

Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott’s collection Slant Light is published by Pavilion Poetry. Her poems have appeared in magazines including The Poetry Review and Magma, and on beermats, billboards and the side of buses. Recent awards…

Tishani Doshi

…US, and worked in London before returning to India to work with the choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed on many international stages. She received an Eric Gregory Award for…

Momtaza Mehri

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Poetry London, BBC Radio 4, Buzzfeed, Poetry Society of America and Real Life Mag. She is a Complete Works…

Adele Geras

Adele Geras is an award-winning writer for young children and adults. Her prizes for poetry include the HH Wingate Jewish Quarterly Poetry Award and the Smith/Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award jointly…

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…

James Giddings

…a Northern Writers award. His debut pamphlet Everything is Scripted won Templar Poetry’s Book and Pamphlet Award in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet….

Peter Thabit Jones

…to Poetry, the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2017 and the 2017 Homer: European Medal for Art and Poetry. He is the author of libretti and plays, and also writes for children….

John Burnside

John Burnside was born in 1955 and is the author of eleven collections of poetry and five works of fiction. Burnside has achieved wide critical acclaim, winning the Whitbread Poetry

Catherine Smith

…of the ‘Next Generation Poets’ in 2004. Her first full poetry collection, The Butcher’s Hands, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and her latest collection, Otherwhere, was published in 2012….

Carl Griffin

…recently longlisted for the Cinnamon Poetry Pamphlet Prize and the Melita Hume Prize, and also commended in the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. He has reviewed for Wales Arts Review….

Julie Corbett

…and has received commissions for poetry performances at Humbermouth Literature Festival and the BBC’s Contains Strong Language. Her poems have been published in several poetry magazines and anthologies and Julie was…

Patrick Cotter

…Spires Press 2009). No One Knows, a bilingual selection, was published in Macedonia in 2014. His work has been published in London Review of Books, Poetry, PN Review and elsewhere,…

Patience Agbabi

…as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. In 2010 she was appointed Canterbury Poet Laureate. Her poem ‘The Doll’s House’ was featured in the Spring 2013 issue…

Sophie Stephenson-Wright

…in Macmillan Poetry’s A First Poetry Book  in 2012. Sophie was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2008 and was Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2009….

Suzanne Batty

Suzanne has been writing poetry for a number of years, and lectures in creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her first poetry collection, The Barking Thing, was published by Bloodaxe…

Christopher North

…Oversteps Books). Wolves Recently Sighted  was a winner in the 2014 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Awards. He facilitates poetry retreats at the Almassera Vella in Relleu, Alicante and chairs Stanza Alacant for The Poetry Society….

Susan Wicks

Poet and novelist Susan Wicks was born in Kent, England, in 1947. She is the author of several collections of poetry including Singing Underwater (1992), which won the Aldeburgh Poetry

Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall. Her poetry has appeared in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, The Sunday Times, The White Review online, Stop Sharpening…

Chris Bridge

…has been published in several magazines including Tribune, Scrip, Poetry Nottingham, Pennine Platform and Other Poetry. He was commended in the international Hippocrates Prize 2013. He lives in North Yorkshire….

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)….

Chloe Stopa-Hunt

…and Poetry Review. Chloe is currently the poetry reviews editor at Cadaverine magazine and a senior editor at The Oxonian Review. Chloe was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year…

Phoebe Stuckes

…and a Barbican Young Poet, she has performed at London’s Southbank Centre and Waterstones Trafalgar Square, and at Wenlock Poetry Festival. She was the Ledbury Festival young poet in residence…

Richard Scott

Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016. His debut collection, Soho (Faber, 2018), was shortlisted for the…

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…

Ella Standage

…Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019; of Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and of the Riddle Me This challenge. Ella is also…

Brian Clark

Brian Clark has previously worked in BBC TV in production and as a newspaper and magazine journalist. He has won numerous prizes and commendations for his poetry in competitions including…

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…

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…

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…

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The National (UAE) reported that the Philippines’ top export is “its people”. The Guardian (UK) reported that the Philippines provides the third highest number of National Health Service staff overall….

Antony Owen

…and Dutch. CND Peace Education (UK) selected Owen as one of their first national patrons in 2015, and his poems feature in a national CND peace education resource to schools….

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio was born on 31 July 1954 in Bethesda, Maryland. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, as well as the 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship. She was…

Marie-Louise Eyres

Marie-Louise has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition twice, in 2020 and 2019. Her work appears in the anthologies for the Bridport, Live Canon and Ginkgo AONB prizes, and…

Tom Warner

Tom Warner, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, was born in Mansfield. He has received an Eric Gregory Award, a Faber New Poets Award, the Escalator Prize and the…

Peter Wallis

…the author of Articles of Twinship (Bare Fiction, 2016), the Submissions Editor of the UK charity Poems in the Waiting Room, and was shortlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2016….

Charles Penty

…worked in Colombia, Brazil and Spain, as well as the UK. He was longlisted in the 2020 National Poetry Competition. Since 2005, he has lived with his family in Madrid….

Patricia Bishop

…and anthologies and her work has been read on Radio 4 and various local radio stations. In 1994, she was the joint second prize winner for the National Poetry Competition….

Danica Ognjenovic

Danica Ognjenovic, commended in the National Poetry Competition 2013, grew up in West London, close to the Thames, and spent many childhood days walking along the river towpath. She attended…

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….

Martin Reed

Martin Reed won the 1988 National Poetry Competition with his poem ‘The Widow’s Dream’….

Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian is a poet from Northern Ireland whose poem ‘The Flitting’ won first prize in the 1979 National Poetry Competition. Her first published poems appeared in two pamphlets published…

Jon Sait

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

David Briggs

David Briggs is a poet and teacher. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. His first collection, The Method Men,…

Rosemary Norman

Rosemary Norman won 2nd prize in the 2007 National Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Hairdresser from Beirut’. She has published two full collections; Threats & Promises (Iron Press, 1991)…

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)….

Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts was born in London in 1952. He was a Hawthornden Fellow in 1993 and was twice awarded second prize in the UK National Poetry Competition. His latest work,…

Ruth Valentine

Ruth Valentine was commended in the 2007 National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection is On the Saltmarsh (Smokestack, 2012)….