Join us for an evening of poetry written in response to the covid pandemic from acclaimed poets around the world: Jèssica Pujol Duran, Jennifer Cooke, Yana Lucila Lema, Zoë Skoulding, Rory Waterman, Togara Muzanenhamo, Matthew Welton, and Vidyan Ravinthiran. Last summer, the AHRC-funded Poetry and Covid project commissioned UK-based and international poets to respond to the pandemic through poetic collaboration. The results are now published in Poetry & Covid-19: An Anthology of Contemporary International and Collaborative Poetry, edited by Anthony Caleshu and Rory Waterman and out now with Shearsman Books. Join us on the 21st to hear several of these poets perform their work, and discuss how the pandemic has influenced their writing.
7PM via Zoom.
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Anthony Caleshu: Anthony Caleshu is co-editor of the recently published Poetry and Covid: An Anthology of Contemporary, International, and Collaborative Poetry (Shearsman, 2021) and principle investigator of the AHRC-funded ‘Poets Respond to Covid’ project. He is the author of 4 collections of poetry (including A Dynamic Exchange Between Us, Shearsman 2019) and 3 books of criticism (most recently Peter Gizzi, Wesleyan UP, 2018). In 2016, he founded the new poetry venture, Periplum, dedicated to publishing pamphlets, broadsides, books, and digital videos of the best contemporary poetry. Website here. He lives in Devon, England and is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at University of Plymouth.
Jèssica Pujol Duran (Barcelona, 1982) is a poet, translator and researcher. She writes and translates in Catalan, English and Spanish, and edits the magazine Alba Londres (www.albalondres.com). She has three chapbooks in English, Now Worry (Department, 2012), Every Bit of Light (Oystercatcher Press, 2012) and Mare (Carnaval Press, 2018); two books in Catalan, El país pintat (Pont del petroli, 2015) and ninó, (Pont del petroli, 2019), and two in Spanish, Entrar es tan difícil salir (Veer Books, 2016), with translations by William Rowe, and El campo envolvente (LP5 Editora, 2021). Currently she works and lives in Santiago de Chile.
Jennifer Cooke: Jennifer Cooke is a London-based poet and a Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Her poetry can be found online, in print, and in anthologies such as Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in the US and the UK, ed. Emily Critchley (Reality Street, 2015). She is the author of Apocalypse Dreams (Sad Press, 2015) and *Not Suitable for Domestic Sublimation (Contraband Books, 2010). Her academic work also engages with contemporary poetry, most recently by Andrea Brady, Rob Halpern, Vanessa Place, and Sophie Robinson.
Yana Lucila Lema: Yana Lucila Lema studied Social Communication with a specialization in Television at the Central University of Ecuador. She also studied Creative Writing and received a Masters of Social Sciences with a concentration in Indigenous Issues at FLACSO. She obtained a degree in Audiovisual Journalism at the Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism in Cuba. She has collaborated with indigenous organizations such as the Confederacy of Ecuadorian Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), the Confederacy of Indigenous Nationalities from the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE), and the Confederacy of Peoples of Kichwa nationality (ECUARUNARI)
Zoë Skoulding: Zoë Skoulding is a poet and literary critic interested in translation, sound and ecology. She is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Bangor University. Her collections of poetry (published by Seren Books) include The Mirror Trade (2004); Remains of a Future City (2008), shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year; The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (2013), shortlisted for Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; and Footnotes to Water (2019), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and won the Wales Book of the Year Poetry Award 2020. In 2020 she also published The Celestial Set-Up (Oystercatcher) and A Revolutionary Calendar (Shearsman). She received the Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2018 for her body of work in poetry.
Rory Waterman: Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award; Sarajevo Roses (2017), which was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections; and Sweet Nothings (2020). He is also a critic for the TLS, PN Review and other publications, and has published several books on modern and contemporary poetry. He co-edits New Walk Editions. Rory was was born in Belfast in 1981, and grew up mainly in Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. Since 2012, he has worked at Nottingham Trent University, where he teaches English and leads the MA in Creative Writing. He lives in Nottingham
Togara Muzanenhamo: Togara Muzanenhamo was born in Zambia and brought up in Zimbabwe. He has studied in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. His poems have appeared widely in international journals and magazines. His debut poetry collection, Spirit Brides, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh First Collection Prize. He has published two other collections of poems: Textures, which won the National Arts Merit Award for Literature, and Gumiguru, which was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.
Matthew Welton: Matthew Welton’s poems take a playful approach to language and often blur the boundaries between poetry and other forms, such as fiction, music and visual art. Matthew Welton was born in Nottingham, lives in Nottingham, and teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham
Vidyan Ravinthiran: Vidyan Ravinthiran is the author of two books of poetry: The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here (2019) won a Northern Writers Award, was a PBS Recommendation, and was shortlisted for the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prizes. A co-organiser of Ledbury Emerging Critics, he has also written an prize-winning study of Elizabeth Bishop and is working with Shash Trevett and Seni Seneviratne to edit an anthology of Sri Lankan poetry.