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.

Asiyla Radwan

Creative Director

Asiyla Radwan

Asiyla is an artist and designer studying Fine Art at Oxford University, she works across print and digital media. Her work has been exhibited around Oxfordshire and featured in the Jericho Arts Review. As a visiting artist and organiser, she has given creative workshops on film and practical design at independent arts festivals: Nine Worlds, Willowbrook Festival and VidUKon.

Mariah Whelan

Director

Mariah Whelan

Mariah is Director of Oxford Writers' House and a poet and academic researcher. Her novel-in-sonnets was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize, The Bridport Prize and won the AM Heath Prize. She is currently based in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she is writing a new collection and researching Traumatic Memory in Irish Fiction. You can follow Mariah on twitter @MWhelanWriter or on her website mariahwhelan.com

 

 

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 Co-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.

Gaby Sambuccetti

Events Co-Director

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 events called ‘Palabras en el sótano’ (Words at the Cellar) and ‘Nos Vemos!’ (See you later!). 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 writer.  


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.

Francesca Beretta

Publications Assistant

Francesca Beretta

Francesca grew up in Italy and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Classics and English. While at Oxford, she has written for The Oxford Culture Review, for which she is also Theatre Editorial Assistant, and has previously contributed to Oxford Writers’ House. She is very interested in translation, poetry, drama, and ballet.

Pratibha Rai

Events 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.

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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