Steering Committee

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Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe

Sarah is a Hong Kong-born British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Dr. Sally Bayley

Dr. Sally Bayley

Sally is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford and a Lecturer in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She has written widely on visual responses to literature, including a jointly-authored study of Sylvia Plath’s relationship to the visual arts: Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual (OUP, 2007) and a study of Plath as a cultural icon, Representing Sylvia Plath (CUP, 2011). Sally has just completed a book of narrative non-fiction: The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets.

Jamie McKendrick

Jamie McKendrick

Jamie was born in Liverpool in 1955, and lives in Oxford, where he writes and teaches. He is the author of six collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991); The Kiosk on the Brink (1993), winner of the Southern Arts Literature Award and selected for the New Generation Poets promotion; The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award; Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Poetry Prize; and Out There (2012), winner of the Hawthornden Prize. His translation of Valerio Magrelli's The Embrace: Selected Poems (published in a U.S. bilingual edition as Vanishing Points) won the 2010 John Florio Prize for Italian Translation and the 2010 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and his translation of the poetry of Antonella Anedda, Archipelago, is due to be published in 2014.

 

Tom Cook

Tom Cook

Tom was born in Lancashire, before joining University of Oxford’s Creative Writing MSt studied English at the University of Hull. In 2013 he was a visiting poet at the University of Iowa, and in 2014 was awarded the Philip Larkin Memorial Prize. He was co-editor of The Mays in 2015, and is the current editor of Ash magazine, the journal of the Oxford University Poetry Society. His poetry and criticism has featured in the New Statesman, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, Ambit, Partisan and elsewhere. He lives in north Oxford, and works for the Bodleian’s English Faculty Library.

Dan Holloway

Dan Holloway

Dan Holloway is the News Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors, was a finalist in the 2016 UK National Poetry Slam, and won Literary Death Match in 2010. His novel The Company of Fellows was voted Blackwell’s readers “favourite Oxford novel”.

Dr. Eleni Philippou

Dr. Eleni Philippou

Eleni completed her DPhil in English Literature at New College, University of Oxford. She is currently teaching across a wide spectrum of theoretical and literary topics at Oxford University, while holding a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg. She is the Coordinator of Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation, an Oxford-based research programme. She is an active poet, with a number of her poems published in both British and international anthologies and journals.

 

Dr. Matthew Bevis

Dr. Matthew Bevis

Matthew runs a popular poetry discussion group called the Salutation & Cat. He is a Lecturer and Fellow in English at Keble College, University of Oxford.

 

Noreen Masud

Noreen Masud

Noreen Masud is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, working on aphorism and aphoristic aesthetics in the work of Stevie Smith. She organised the first one-day conference on the poet at Jesus College, Oxford in March 2016. Recent publications include ‘’Ach ja’: Stevie Smith’s Escheresque Metamorphoses’ in the Cambridge Quarterly. She is currently working on an article about flatness and surface reading in Smith’s work, and is co-editing a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review.

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Kiran is a poet, playwright, and novelist. Her poetry has featured in journals such as Agenda, Room, Magma and The Oxford Review, and her fourth poetry collection OE is forthcoming from Bloombury in 2017. Her debut play BOAT opened at Theatre N16 in November 2015 to five-star reviews. Her bestselling debut novel The Girl of Ink & Stars (Chicken House) was Waterstones Book of the Month and is released as The Cartographer’s Daughter (Knopf) in the US. @Kiran_MH

 

Nathan Hamilton

Nathan Hamilton

Nathan is a poet and publisher. He runs The Publishing Project at University of East Anglia and was chairman of the board of directors for Inpress. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The Guardian, The Spectator, The Rialto, Five Dials, The Manhattan Review and The Wolf. He co-edited the popular antholog-zine series for emerging poetry, Stop Sharpening Your Knives, and his Dear World And Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe) was published in February, 2013. @NathanHamilton.

 

Theophilus Kwek

Theophilus Kwek

Theophilus is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013) - shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014 - and Giving Ground (2016). He won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015 and the New Poets Prize in 2016, and was president of the Oxford University Poetry Society. He also works with Asymptote and The Oxford Culture Review.

Camille Ralphs

Camille Ralphs

Camille Ralphs lives and studies in Oxford. Her debut pamphlet of poems, Malkin, was published by The Emma Press in 2015. She is 2016-2017 President of the Oxford University Poetry Society.

Shara Lessley

Shara Lessley

Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale and The Explosive Expert’s Wife (forthcoming 2018). A former Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, Shara’s awards include the Mary Wood Fellowship from Washington College, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Shara was the inaugural Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. She is currently co-editing an anthology of essays on poetry and place.

Beulah Sprague-Davies

Beulah Sprague-Davies

Beulah is a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing. Having been involved with the establishment of an Automatic Writing society at the university she has pursued an interest in creative writing as a responsive medium.    

Erica McAlpine

Erica McAlpine

Erica McAlpine was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is a fellow in English at St Edmund Hall. Her poems have appeared in magazines including the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, Ambit, and Stand. Her first book of poems, The Country Gambler, appeared last April from Shearsman Books. Poetry London calls it “a work of significant technical achievement," and the TLS praises it as “intelligent and poised.” McAlpine lives Oxford with her husband and two children.

Asiyla Radwan

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.

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