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contributor biographies

Simon Alderwick is from the UK but currently lives in the Philippines. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Magma, Broken Sleep, Pidgeonholes, Alchemy Spoon, Ink Sweat & Tears, Anthropocene, Poetry Salzburg, Acropolis, Poetry Lab Shanghai, London Grip, Eye Flash, the Telegraph, and elsewhere.


Wendy Allen has been published in The Moth, Ambit, Banshee, Poetry Wales and Propel. Her first pamphlet will be published in May 2023 by Broken Sleep, and she is currently co-editing an anthology of erotic poetry for Victorina Press.  


Chris Andrews, who lives on Wangal land in Australia, has published two collections of poems: 'Cut Lunch' (Indigo, 2002) and 'Lime Green Chair' (Waywiser 2012). His poems have appeared in Takahē, Heat, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He has also translated books of prose fiction by Kaouther Adimi, Selva Almada, César Aira and Roberto Bolaño.

Hinemoana Baker is the author of four collections of poetry and the producer of several albums of original music, sonic art, text and field recordings. Her latest book, 'Funkhaus', was shortlisted for New Zealand's national book awards in 2021. These three poems are part of a larger, shared project with Micronesian poet Emelihter Kihleng and Übersee Museum in Bremen. In this project, both poets respond to various taonga (treasures) from Oceania kept in the museum and in other institutions in Germany and around Europe.


Joshua Blackman is a writer and photographer who grew up in Bognor Regis. His poems have appeared in Ambit, The Poetry Review, The White Review and various other publications. His first collection, 'Human / Error', is forthcoming from whomever wants to take it.


Geraldine Clarkson's poems have been published in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Ambit, Mslexia, Magma, The Rialto, Shearsman Magazine, Tears in the Fence and The Dark Horse. Her work is influenced by her Irish roots and time spent in silent monastic community. She has published four chapbooks and one full collection.   


Michael Conley is a poet and prose writer from Manchester, UK.  His prose work has been shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize and Edge Hill Prize, and his book, 'Flare and Falter' is published by Splice.  His latest collection of poetry is a pamphlet entitled 'These Are Not My Dreams...', published by Nine Pens.


Rico Craig is an educator, writer, and award-winning poet whose work melds the narrative, lyrical and cinematic. Craig's poetry has been awarded prizes or shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Prize, Newcastle Poetry Prize, Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize and University of Canberra Poetry Prize. His poetry collection 'Bone Ink' (University of Western Australia Publishing) was winner of the 2017 Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2018; 'Our Tongues Are Songs', his second collection of poetry, was published in 2021. Since 2012 he has worked as Storyteller-in-Chief at the Story Factory, designing and facilitating creative writing programs for young people, and teacher development programs for adults. His latest collection, 'Nekhau', was released in 2022 by Recent Work Press

Susan Finlay is an artist and writer. Her most recent novel, The Jacques Lacan Foundation, is out now with MOIST.


Miruna Fulgenau is a Romanian poet currently based in London, where she works as a tutor and translator. Her poetry has so far appeared in Poetry London, The Rialto and Pain, among others. She is a Hawthornden Fellow, a winner of the 2020 Poetry London Mentorship Scheme, and holds an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. 


Bex Hainsworth is a poet and teacher who is currently based in Leicester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Lake, Atrium, Okay Donkey, bath magg, and trampset. Her debut pamphlet of ecopoetry will be published by Black Cat Poetry Press in 2023. Find her on Twitter @PoetBex. 


Emma Harding is a writer and BBC radio producer. Her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Stand, The North and Magma. Her debut novel, 'Friedrichstrasse 19', about one apartment in Berlin in six different periods of time, was published by John Murray in February 2022, and 'Seven Mercies', a song cycle composed by Joseph Howard, for which she wrote the libretto, premiered at the Ryedale Festival in May 2022. 


Jack Houston's work has appeared in Blackbox Manifold, Finished Creatures, Magma, Poetry London, The Rialto, The TLS and Wild Court, among a few others. Their debut pamphlet is 'The Fabulanarchist Luxury Uprising' (Emma Press, 2022)


Rob A. Mackenzie lives in Leith, Scotland. His poetry collections are 'The Opposite of Cabbage' (2009), 'The Good News' (2013) and 'The Book of Revelation' (2020), all published by Salt. A fourth collection, 'Woof! Woof! Woof!', is coming from Salt in autumn, 2023. He runs literary publisher, Blue Diode Press.


Simon Maddrell is a queer Manx writer, editor and performer living in Brighton & Hove. He’s published in fifteen anthologies and numerous publications including AMBIT, Butcher’s Dog, The Moth, The Rialto, Long Poem Magazine, Morning Star, Poetry Wales, Stand and Under the Radar. Simon’s debut, 'Throatbone', was published by UnCollected Press, 2020. 'Queerfella' jointly-won The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition, 2020. 'The Whole' Island will be published by Valley Press, 2023.


Ross McCleary is from Edinburgh. He has been published recently by Orchid Lantern Press, Extra Teeth, and The Baltimore Review. His debut pamphlet - 'Endorse Me, You Cowards', was published by Stewed Rhubarb in 2019.


Stuart McPherson is a prize-winning poet from the UK. Recent poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog Magazine, Bath Magg,  Poetry Wales, and Anthropocene. The pamphlet 'Waterbearer' was published in December 2021 by Broken Sleep Books. A debut full length collection 'Obligate Carnivore' was published by Broken Sleep Books in August 2022. In October 2022, Stuart was the winner of the Ambit Annual Poetry Competition. 


Alex Mepham (they/them) is a PhD student investigating how background noise impacts speech understanding. Alex writes and translates poetry and short prose, with work appearing in Magma, Dreich, Olit, The Festival Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation among others. Alex is also a Poetry Reader for Kitchen Table Quarterly. Alex currently lives in York, UK, and can be found at


Laura Varnam is the Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature at University College, Oxford. Her poetry is inspired by the Old English texts that she teaches, especially the epic poem Beowulf. She has been published in After…Poetry, Atrium, Bad Lilies, Banshee Lit, Crow of Minerva, Dear Reader Poetry, Dreich, Green Ink Poetry, Ink Sweat & Tears, MIR Online, Osmosis Press, and The Oxford Magazine. A selection of her Beowulf poetry and a creative-critical essay was recently published in the academic journal postmedieval.


Suzanne Verrall lives in Australia. She is the author of the poetry collection 'One Day I Will Go There' (Vagabond Press, 2022). Her poetry, flash fiction and essays appear in various publications including Australian Poetry Journal, Southampton Review and The Interpreter’s House. For links to her work go to


Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, The Poetry Review (UK), and TriQuarterly, as well as other journals and magazines. She also writes book reviews–most recently for Plume and The Los Angeles Review of Books–and has published edited versions of on-stage interviews with writers including Christian Wiman, Amit Majmudar, and Zadie Smith.

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