Lisa Simpson is poet from Manchester, UK. She has performed at the Altrincham Arts Festival and Poetry Reverb and has had her work published by Train River Publishing and the Black Cat Poetry Press.
Lisa's poem 'In which she asks what are you scared of?' was commended in the Magma Poetry Competition in 2023, judged by Victoria Kennefick.
Lisa’s debut pamphlet ‘birdsong’ captures different aspects of life during the Covid pandemic through the lens of parenting, politics, mental health and nature.
Barry Hollow lives in Bristol but was born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland. He’s been published in various publications and journals and has been featured regularly on BBC Radio and is emerging on the spoken word scene in Bristol.
Barry's debut collection Viaducts and Riverviews explores the relationship with home and belonging, the nostalgia that comes from leaving home and the feeling of discovering a new one. Viaducts and River Views builds between its pages a sense of journey through an exploration of place, nature, self and the lyrical nature of language. Purchase a copy here.
Catherine Balaq is a writer, art educator and body psychotherapist. Her poetry play 'Fuck the Moon' was commissioned by Paper Nations and short-listed for the Bristol Old Vic Open Sessions 2019. Short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2021and a finalist of Lyra Festival. In 2022 she is shortlisted for the London Library Emerging Writers programme, the Dai Fry award and winner of The Poetry School MA scholarship. She is co-editor at Black Cat Press and working on her first novel.
'animaginary' is her debut poetry collection. animaginary is a journey through the archetypes of the subconscious. The beasts of the underworld hold our hopes and fears, life in one hand and death in the other. The collection moves through each incantation, entwining animism and psychology with the intention of personal alchemy. It ends with 'The World', eating its own tail in a metaphorical transformation.
The reader will meet the author in a mythical landscape which explores living and working through the darker side of the self in a Hecartic tradition. Animal spirits haunt through the collection as shapeshifters, bringing self actualisation in degrees both terrifying and rewarding. The poems speak of family, grief, gender roles, class and body politics.
Jenny Munro-Hunt is a poet from Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has appeared in The6ress, Soor Plooms, Poetry Scotland and Heather: An Anthology of Scottish Writing and Art. She was longlisted for the Winchester Poetry Prize in 2022.
Her upcoming collection Ghost Kitchens explores motherhood, food and the uncanny.
She can be found on Instagram: @jennymunrohunt
KAREN PIERCE GONZALEZ
Down River with Li Po is Karen Pierce Gonzalez’s third chapbook. Prior chapbooks include True North (Origami Poems Project), and Coyote in the basket of my ribs (Alabaster Leaves). Her fiction, non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications (Honeyguide Literary Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Worn Journal, etc.) and when not writing or facilitating writing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, she creates 3D assemblage art from natural and found materials.
Laura Lewis-Waters is a mum, poet, teacher and PhD candidate from the Midlands. Her debut collection Bathroom Prisoners was published in May 2022 by Bent Key Publishing and is a vulnerable account of her experience with OCD while pregnant. Her second collection Beneath the Light will be published by Querencia Press and continues her mental health journey with a new baby after birth trauma. She also writes about climate change, particularly sea level rise, and her poems have recently been featured on the BBC Upload Festival as well as in Public Sector Poetry Journal, Free Verse Revolution Lit Magazine and Streetcake Magazine.
Her upcoming pamphlet Where Sea Meets Sea explores the changing East Anglia coast through confessional and imagined writing. Some of the poems include verbatim to raise awareness of peoples' experience of sea level rise.
Vanessa lives in Yorkshire with her husband and daughter. She has a MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University and has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember! Her recent publications can be found in the girl/summer folio at Mom Egg Review, Hope is a Group Project anthology, and in the Rhubarb anthology, a book organised by local poets. She loves to write about nature, motherhood, and travel.
Her upcoming collection Various Magics is informed by the natural and domestic world, the poems explore connection, emotion, and moments of meaning - small details, and big feelings.
Vanessa can be found at @nessanapswrites on Instagram.
Christopher Martin is a poet and Buddhist living by the mouth of the Tyne on the north east coast of England. His work has featured in various publications, anthologies and events such as Sam Lee and the Nest Collectives 'Singing with Nightingales'.
In The Likeness Of The Upper Air, his upcoming debut collection, is centred around a spiritual journey through suicide related trauma and grief to healing with the sacred world as mirror and guide. It looks at the mystery of time and memory, suffering and self, family and love.
Bex Hainsworth is a poet and teacher based in Leicester. She won the Collection HQ Prize as part of the East Riding Festival of Words and has been shortlisted in the Welsh Poetry Competition, Waltham Forest Poetry Competition, and the AUB International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Coachella Review, Atrium, Okay Donkey, bath magg, and trampset.
Her collection Walrussey is a collection of poetry which explores marine ecosystems and their inhabitants, from a Greenland shark lurking in the depths of Arctic waters to the tide pools of the Welsh coast. It is an ode to the beauty of these aquatic worlds, but also a warning about the devastating impacts of climate change.
Corinna Board teaches English as an additional language in Oxford. She grew up on her grandparents’ farm and is particularly inspired by nature and the rural environment. Her work is published in Green Ink, Black Cat Poetry Press, Anthropocene, Spelt and elsewhere.
Her collection Arboreal (of or living in trees) explores the relationships between human and nature, real and imaginary, how a walk in the woods can become a journey of self-discovery.
Ojo Taiye is a Nigerian eco-artist and writer who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with society. Taiye’s most recent work is largely concerned with the effects of climate change, homelessness, migration, drought and famine, as well as a range of transversal issues ranging from racism, black identity and mental health. His projects explore neocolonialism, institutionalized violence and ecological trauma in the oil-rich, polluted Niger delta. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Narratives, Hypocrite Reader, Mycelia, Salamander, Consequence, Stinging Fly, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, Banshee, Willow Springs, Lambda Literary, Fiddlehead, Puritan, Frontier Poetry, Notre Dame Review, or Strange Horizon. Taiye worked on the Future(s) 2021 with Catalyst Arts and Belfast Photo Festival and 2021 Sustrans Black History Month Art Project.
His upcoming pamphlet Where the Leaves Fall explores the narrative and visual conventions of identity, race and gender politics. By mapping emotional landscape, the book uses memory to symbolize poetic possibilities, thereby making tangible the space between self and the environment.
Rebecca Rae is a poetess living in Devon, where the natural landscape she loves to explore informs and inspires her work, weaving together dreams, healing and the Female Gothic. Published by Hecate Magazine and the Oxford Centre for Life Writing, she has also been twice shortlisted for the Royal Court Writers Group and features in both anthologies of Quay Voices published by Literature Works.
Her upcoming debut poetry collection, A Book Is A Bird That Sings In The Evening combines themes of nature, shadow work, self-reflection and myth to invite readers on a journey through dark dreams and labyrinths, seeking redemption, healing and hope.
Galia Admoni is a writer, musician, crafter and Head of English at a school in London. She has poems in Bad Lilies, Anthropocene, Atrium, Dear Reader, Streetcake, Cape, Eat the Storms, Crow of Minerva, Zero Readers, The North, Acropolis and is forthcoming in both the Under your Pillow anthology of erotic poetry and Broken Sleep #SexTapeDigest anthology. She is on the committee for the London Association for the Teaching of English and has lectured at the BFI, Shakespeare Institute and the British Library. Follow her on Twitter @galiamelon
The often world-weary speaker in the central cycle of her upcoming collection Immediately after and then later, confronts the experiences, breakdowns and aftermaths of their relationships. They speak of surviving and of not surviving. This pamphlet is a collection of small windows into a life of someone who can’t help but fall in love, no matter how many times they get hurt.
Benedicta lives in Oxford but for many years she didn’t know where or what to call home except for the English language. After her MA in Creative Writing at Brookes University, she worked as an editorial assistant before becoming a freelance editor of fiction and memoir. She has recently begun publishing poems in journals like Poetry Worth Hearing, Wishbone Words and Ink, Sweat and Tears.
Her poetry explores themes relating to identity, self-worth, family, nationality and body politics. Terrible Mother, her forthcoming debut pamphlet with Black Cat Poetry Press, arose out of a year bookended by coronavirus and memories of her mother’s severe stroke. The collection moves from childhood through new motherhood to midlife and charts a journey from self-loathing to something like its opposite.
Blue Sky: @benedictan.bsky.social