Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist and was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. She has released two spoken word albums and a poetry collection. Films of…

Henry Israeli

In 2013 Henry Israeli was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for his translation of poems in Haywire: New & Selected Poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Hear…

Carrie Etter

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught creative writing at Bath Spa University since 2004. She has published three collections of poetry: The…

Daniel Baksi

Daniel is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Benjamin Zephaniah

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’….

Emily Garratt

Emily is commended in August challenge #1 2019: Photographic Poetry – Capture the Moment on Young Poets Network, written and judged by Foyle Young Poet Andrew Pettigrew. Emily was also…

Marina McCready

poetry and the Civilisation and Its Discontents challenge on Young Poets Network, inspired by Freud’s work of the same name; she is also the winner of the Greys Court Palimpsest Poetry Challenge….

Greta Stoddart

…Individual Poem in 2012. Her third book, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. Her radio poem Who’s There? was broadcast on BBC Radio 4…

Sue Davies

Sue Davies is former lecturer in English Literature. She writes poetry and short stories; her first poetry collection, Blue Water Café, was published by Oversteps in 2014. She is working…

Promise it’ll be my last

we are on the beach and my mother is telling me how poetry isn’t practical anymore. that my writing has to be an act of violence, a way to earn…

Fathima Zahra

Zahra is the first-prize winner of the moon poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, judged by Nii Parkes, and the third-prize winner in the Golden Shovel challenge, judged by Peter…

Natalie Perman

…Thinking Outside the Penalty Box challenge; commended in Ankita Saxena’s protest poetry challenge, remembering 100 years of the women’s vote in the UK; and is commended in the tree poetry challenge….

John Gallas

John Gallas was born in 1950 in Wellington, New Zealand. He has published ten collections of poetry with Carcanet Press and edited the anthology of world poetry The Song Atlas…

Colin Pink

Colin Pink has published two collections of poetry: Acrobats of Sound (Poetry Salzburg, 2016) and The Ventriloquist Dummy’s Lament (Against the Grain, 2019)….

Maia Brown

Maia is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Elaine Feinstein

…author of over thirty books, including fiction and biography, and wrote for radio and television. Her reviews and essays appeared regularly in The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Elaine Feinstein received…

Peter Reading

…of Shropshire, in recent years in Ludlow. He is the only British poet to have won the Lannan Award for Poetry twice, in 1990 and 2004. Other honours included the…

Isabella Jiang

Isabella is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Beth Bayliss

Beth is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

James Lasdun

James Lasdun writes novels, short stories and poetry. His work has been adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci in Besieged and for the Sundance award-winning Sunday. He has been long-listed…

Martin Figura

…in Poetry 2010. His poem ‘Victor’ won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. In 2013 Nasty Little Press published the pamphlet Arthur. He is chair of Café Writers, Norwich….

Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is the current Canal Laureate. A writer who works across disciplines, from poetry and essays to publishing artist’s books, she grew up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and her…

B.C. Leale

B.C. Leale (1930–2018) worked as a bookseller for many years at Claude Gill Books in London’s Oxford Street, resolutely defending a poetry section that was full of surprises. His own…

James Sutherland-Smith

James Sutherland-Smith was born in Aberdeen in 1948 and was educated at Leeds University. His poetry collections include A Singer from Sabiya (1979), Naming of the Arrow (1980), At the…

Hélène Dorion

…General’s Award for Poetry, and numerous other Canadian and international prizes the most recent of which was the Prix Senghor in 2011. Her collection Seizing:Places (Arc), translated by Patrick McGuinness, was shortlisted…


…the time of Nansŏrhŏn were generally not given a classical education on a par with noblemen; it was socially unacceptable for them to paint, sing, learn music, or write poetry

Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2012. He has published over thirty poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including…

Sudeep Sen

Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1979-2014 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta),Language for a New Century (Norton),…

Vanessa Kisuule

…performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, BrizzleFest and Larmer Tree. She has won Poetry Rivals slam and two Farrago slams and performed at leading poetry night Bang Said the Gun….

A.K. Blakemore

A.K. Blakemore is the author of two full-length collections: Humbert Summer (Eyewear, 2015) and Fondue (Offord Road Books, 2018). Her work has been appeared in magazines and journals including Poetry

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992)…

Zhou Zan

…The Poetry Review, is the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press, 2013). She is currently completing a PhD on place and identity in contemporary Chinese diaspora poetry at Oxford Brookes University….

D.M. Black

David Macleod Black was born in South Africa in 1941 and moved to Scotland in 1950. He has published four collections of poetry and a handful of pamphlets in the…

Kei Miller

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. Kei writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map…

Richard Osmond

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2005. Richard’s poetry has been published in n+1, Fuselit, The Literateur and The Financial Times, among others, and appears in the…

Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918) was born in Bristol, and was the son of Russian immigrants who settled in London’s Jewish ghetto. He published two pamphlets of poetry at his own expense after…

Tolu Ogunlesi

NEXT, a daily newspaper. His poem, ‘(at)TEXT’ was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poetry has also appeared in Wasafiri, London Magazine, Sable and Magma….

Maureen Duffy

…author of 31 published works of fiction, including 6 collections of poetry, non-fiction, and 16 plays for stage, screen and radio. Her latest poetry collection is Environmental Studies (Enitharmon, 2013)….

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…

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman was born on August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon. His first full-length collection, All American Poem, won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. Dickman’s…

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen has had a major impact on the British Poetic landscape. Booker…

Angela Croft

Angela Croft worked as a journalist and took to writing poetry in retirement. Highly commended in competitions and widely published in magazines with poems on various websites including the Poetry

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

…Prize, and a Seamus Heaney Fellowship. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. Recent/forthcoming commissions include work for The Poetry Society (Britain),…

Carol Rumens

Carol Rumens is a poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry collections include Hex (Bloodaxe, 2002),Blind Spots (Seren, 2008) and De Chirico’s Threads(Seren, 2010). Her next collection, Animal People, is due…

Hannah Hodgson

…Behind the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 YPN/ Oxfam Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category….

Qian Xi Teng

…Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. Qian Xi was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 & 2001….

Tara Bergin

Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her award winning collection of poems This is Yarrow was published by Carcanet in 2013, and new poems have recently appeared in Granta, Poetry (Chicago), PN…

Jake Reynolds

Jake Reynolds is a former Foyle Young Poet and participant in the Hands across the border poetry project. He is also a winner of the Young Poets Network poetry challenges…

Aldwin Li

Aldwin is the second-prize winner in the 2019 poetry translation challenge on Young Poets Network with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard….

Deryn Rees-Jones

…collections of poetry including The Memory Tray (Seren, 1994), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and more recently Burying the Wren (Seren, 2012), which was a Poetry

Peter LaBerge

…Young Poets Network, as part of The Poetry Society’s celebrations of 20 years of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Peter is the author of the chapbooks Makeshift Cathedral (YesYes…

Sujata Bhatt

Award. In 2014 she was the first recipient of the Mexican International Poetry Prize, Premio Internacional de Poesía Nuevo Siglo de Oro 1914-2014. Her work has been widely anthologised, and has been…

Alex Greenberg

Breaker’ was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. He is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Fire and Ice’ poetry challenge….

Alice Guest

Alice Guest’s poem ‘Tapestry’ was commended in the Cape Farewell/Poetry Society’s SWITCH: Youth Poetics Year 2. She is also a winner of the Young Poets Network ‘Cape Farewell Moving’ poetry

Declan Ryan

Declan Ryan’s poem, ‘From Alun Lewis’ was featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of The Poetry Review. His poems and reviews have also been published in Poetry London, The Rialto,…

Sarah James

has been the Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza rep since shortly after the Stanza started in 2009. She also runs V. Press poetry and flash fiction imprint. Her website is at http://www.sarah-james.co.uk. …

Annie Katchinska

…a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication. Annie’s poetry was featured in Bloodaxe’s Voice Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st century. Annie has had poems in magazines including Mimesis…

Eleanor Penny

the Curtain poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the V&A Museum. She is also the winner of the 2016 ‘Festive Feasts – Eve of St Agnes’ poetry challenge….

Jamie McKendrick

…by Faber in 2016, drawing from his six collections of poetry: from 1991’s debut The Sirocco Room to Out There (2012, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize) by way of…

Anna Lewis

prizes for her poetry including the G.S. Fraser Prize, the Robin Reeves Prize and the Christopher Tower Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Other Harbours, was published in 2012 by Parthian….

Keith Jarrett

…and Girls. He has written poetry in both English and Spanish. He’s a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion and his collection Selah was published by Burning Eye Books….

Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch’s poem ‘First’ was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of The Poetry Review. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Book of…

Safia Elhillo

…the New School. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize, and was a co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize….

Miles Burrows

poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, and in the anthologies British Poetry since 1945 (Penguin) and Best British Poems of 2015 (Salt)….

Raymond Antrobus

…MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmiths, University of London). He is also one of three current recipients of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His poem, ‘Sound Machine’, first published in…

Fiona Sampson

…She was Editor of The Poetry Review, 2005-2012, and now edits Poem. Her fifth poetry collection was Rough Music published in 2010 and her latest collection is Coleshill (Chatto, 2013)….

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…

David Constantine

David Constantine is not new to winning awards for his translation skills. In 1996 he was the winner of the European Poetry Prize for Poems of Hölderlin. His other poetry

Melissa Lee-Houghton

…which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet. Her third book Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the…

Matt Harvey

…the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of…

Jei Degenhardt

Jei is the third-prize winner in the tree poetry challenge on Young Poets Network and is commended in the Who is Giselle? poetry challenge….

Andy Croft

Andy Croft’s books of poetry include Nowhere Special, Gaps Between Hills (with Mark Robinson), Headland, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer and Sticky. He has edited the…

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2011 for her sound piece ‘Audio Obscura’. Her poetry collections include Minsk and The Casual…

Fred D’Aguiar

…2009) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.  His latest poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse (Carcanet, 2013). He teaches at Virginia…

Jo Burns

Jo Burns has won the Magma Poetry Prize, Irish Writers Festival (Los Gatos) Poetry Prize and the New Irish Writing Prize in Germany, and has been shortlisted for numerous awards….

Hannah Silva

Hannah Silva was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013. She is a Birmingham based poet and playwright. She has performed internationally and throughout the…

Simon Jenner

Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield in 1959. Failing everything except art, he learnt to fly instead; discovering poetry forestalled a career in airframes. He has been the director of…

William Snelling

William is commended in the 2019 poetry translation challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, judged by Clare Pollard. He is also the third-prize winner of the 2018 August Challenge #1…

Philip Gross

Philip Gross is a writer of many parts, author of poetry, fiction and drama for children and adults, and Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He won the 2009…

Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the Ted…

A.P. Fraser

chemical industries, and in the voluntary and public sector. He has always written poetry, but have never received formal training. He has been successful in several competitions and poetry publications….

Rachel Piercey

Rachel Piercey is a poet, editor and poetry teacher. She studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. Her pamphlets, The Flower…

Edward Doegar

Edward Doegar was born in Surrey in 1982 and studied English at Nottingham University. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Ambit, Smith Knolls and The North. He is…

Joshua Persico

Joshua is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

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)….

Jeremy Hsiao

Jeremy is the first-prize-winner in the Young Poets Network 2017 August challenge #4 on concrete poetry and commended in the 2018 August challenge #4 on using the vernacular in poetry….

Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse (1923-2014) was a poet, playwright and novelist whose literary career spanned half a century, the first of his fourteen collections of poetry, After Every Green Thing, being published in…

David Wheatley

…Vincent Buckley Prize in 2008 and features in The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He teaches at the University of Aberdeen, having previously taught in Hull University. He has also edited the Poems of James…

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is an American playwright, poet, and librettist. Scarsdale, O’Brien’s second book of poetry, was published by CB Editions in London in 2014. War Reporter, his debut collection of…

Jacky Tarleton

…provides an exciting opportunity to create her own poems whilst exploring Louis MacNeice’s poetry through the lens of Gaston Bachelard. Jacky won the Huddersfield Literature Festival Poetry Prize in 2010….

Tess Jolly

anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She has been commended or placed in several poetry competitions and in 2015 was the winner of the Hamish Canham Prize….

Craig Raine

…Areté. He was featured in the The Poetry Review in 2008 with a short-new poem entitled, ‘Davos Documentary B&W.’ His latest poetry collection is How Snow Falls, published in 2010….

Emily Berry

Emily Berry grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Her debut poetry collection Dear Boy (Faber) won the Forward Prize…

Olivia Liu

Olivia is a commended poet in the Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge on The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network….

Caleb Klaces

Caleb Klaces’ pamphlet All Safe All Well was published in 2011 by Flarestack. He was shortlisted for the 2011 Crashaw Prize and won the inaugural Melita Hume Poetry Prize in…

Bernard O’Donoghue

…(1995) – which won the Whitebread Prize for Poetry – and Outliving (2003). His most recent poetry collection is Farmers Cross (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize….

Martha Sprackland

A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 1999 and 2005. Her work has appeared in various poetry magazines and she is Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber & Faber.

Adam Thorpe

…stories and six books of poetry, a stage play performed almost entirely in Berkshire dialect, and numerous radio plays and broadcasts. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry

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

A.F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes for both kids and adults. His books for children include the poetry collection Things You Find In A Poet’s Beard (illustrated by…