Programme Directors

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Dr. April Pierce

Founder

Dr. April Pierce

April grew up in the Silicon Valley, California. She received a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Boston College, an MA from the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program at New York University, and a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2016. She is former president of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and an RAI scholar. She tutors a range of writing topics at the University of Oxford, and has published essays, criticism, fiction, and poetry.

Mariah Whelan

Director

Mariah Whelan

Mariah is a writer and academic from Oxford. After graduating from Queen's University Belfast she spent several years working as an English teacher in Japan and Spain. After moving back to the UK she completed an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University. Her thesis, a novel-in-sonnets titled City of Rivers won the A.M. Heath Prize for Fiction and selections were shortlisted for The Bridport Prize. In 2016 Mariah was awarded a full graduate scholarship by the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester where she writes poems and researches trauma in contemporary Irish fiction.  

Suzi Attree

Operations Director

Suzi Attree

Dr. Suzi Attree works as a development manager and bid writer at Oxford Brookes University and has a PhD in Medieval Literature from Reading University, an MA from Royal Holloway, a PGCE from the University of Oxford, and a BA from the University of Leeds.  She has various articles published on the Internet and is currently working on her own poetry and writing bids and copy for charities and arts organisations in her spare time.

Constantine Blintzios

Publication Director

Constantine Blintzios

Constantine is a graduate of English Literature, Music Composition and Contemporary Art. He is primarily a writer of poetry and short stories with a sharp focus on the lyric and its’ transformative qualities in prose. He has had both poetry and stories published on various online journals such as Visual Verse, The Oxonian Revue and the OMEGA Poetry group. His poem ‘Where I am from’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Martin Starkie awards. He is currently in his second year of an Mst in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.

Helena Palmer

Events Director

Helena Palmer

Helena Palmer continues the trend of Events Directors having studied English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She now works for the University of Oxford. She is also writing a semi-autobiographical novel for young adults about how to save the world and pass your A-Levels at the same time.


Assistants

Tom Kingsley

Events Assistant

Tom Kingsley

Tom Kingsley is a copywriter and qualified teacher from Oxford. His poetry was featured in a city-wide exhibition in 2014, was nominated for the Martin Starkie Prize in 2015, and has been published in the odd magazine or book – he's also currently working on a surrealist novel about sex, death, and Elvis Costello.

Pratibha Rai

Publications Assistant

Pratibha Rai

Pratibha graduated with a BA in Theology in 2015 and is currently studying a Masters in Literature and Arts at Oxford University. Her work has been featured in the Oxford Culture Review and she continues to enjoy writing about Oxford's Cultural attractions in her free time. She is particularly interested in how literature and narrative art can shape history, human behaviour, and memory.

Gaby Sambuccetti

Events Assistant

Gaby Sambuccetti

Gaby Sambuccetti is a writer and teacher from Argentina. She is the author of five books including the widely reviewed ‘Al Nudo Lo Que Nos Quito’. She has been the host and founder of different poetry events in Buenos Aires, like the event called ‘Palabras en el sótano’ (Words at the Basement). After publishing her second book, in 2012, she moved to the UK. She is studying a creative writing BA at Brunel university, while working as a teacher and as a research writer in an architecture gallery. More info: www.gabysambuccetti.wordpress.com

Ramani Chandramohan

Publication Assistant

Ramani Chandramohan

Ramani is a second-year undergraduate studying Classics and French at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She has written for the student newspaper Cherwell and Engage, the magazine of the educational charity the Steve Sinnott Foundation. Ramani enjoys the processes of translating literary works; combining different art forms with the written word and engaging with other readers and writers through workshops and poetry readings.

Sevda Salayeva

Social Media Assistant

Sevda Salayeva

Sevda Salayeva is finalizing her Ph.D. in English Literature at Ghent University (Belgium). Her Ph.D. dissertation explores Henry James’s use of chiasmus and its close connection to his understanding and presentation of identity – personal or national.  

Sevda enjoys writing poetry – one of her poems (‘James and I’) was shortlisted in the 2016 international poetry competition run by the Poetry Centre of Oxford Brookes University. She is currently working on a screenplay entitled Human Themes.

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