Notes on Contributors
Timothy Adès is a rhyming translator-poet. His recent books are Robert Desnos, Surrealist, Lover, Resistant (hundreds of poems) and Loving by Will, Shakespeare’s sonnets unfolded in lipograms. Both books include the original texts. Timothy runs a bookstall of translated poetry. Benjamin Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans. He travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers in the street on a manual typewriter. His writing has appeared recently in The Times, Iowa Review, Boston Review, El Mundo - and on television in the US, China and Spain. His artist-book of visual poems, Currency, is available at www.poetforhire. org. Ben serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review, and is currently at work on an autobiographical novel, Poet for Hire: Kismet of a 21st Century Troubadour. Ian Brinton now writes full time, after forty years of school-teaching. Recent publications include an edition of Selected Poems and Prose of John Riley (Shearsman), translations from the French of Philippe Jaccottet (Oystercatcher Press), For the Future, a festschrift for J.H. Prynne (Shearsman), An Andrew Crozier Reader (Carcanet) and Contemporary Poetry and Poets since 1990 (C.U.P.). He co-edits Tears in the Fence and SNOW and is on the committee setting up the new archive of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Cambridge. He is the Web Manager for The English Association’s War Poets Website. Maggie Butt’s fifth poetry collection, Degrees of Twilight, was published by The London Magazine Editions in July 2015. Her previous collections were Lipstick, petite, Ally Pally Prison Camp, Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints. Maggie is an ex journalist and BBC TV producer, now Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Middlesex University, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Kent. http://www.maggiebutt.co.uk Paul Gittins was educated at Exeter College, Oxford where he read English Literature. His first book, a poetry anthology Portraits in Verse was published in 1997 by The Perpetua Press, Oxford. In 2014, Scratching Around, a selection of poems, was published by Editions Illador in English and bilingual English-French editions. Also in 2014, On Track, his biography of his grandfather, railway pioneer in Siam and Canada, was published by River Books. Articles on poetry have been published in Oxford Today magazine. He now lives in Majorca, where he continues to write and give poetry recitals. Frieda Hughes’s poems have been published in The New Yorker, Tatler, The Spectator, Thumbscrew, The Paris Review, First Pressings, and The London Magazine among others. Her latest publication, Out of the Ashes (Bloodaxe Books) brings together work from four collections: Wooroloo (1999), Stonepicker (2001), Waxworks (2002) and The Book of Mirrors (2009). Ellen Jones is a translator, researcher, and editor with a PhD from Queen Mary University of London. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Latin American Literature Today, Literary Review and the Guardian. Her translation into English of Rodrigo Fuentes’s Trucha, panza arriba is forthcoming from Charco Press. She has been Criticism Editor at Asymptote since 2014. John Kinsella’s most recent book of poetry is Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (Picador, 2016). His most recent book of short stories is Crow’s Breath from the Australian publisher Transit Lounge (2015). He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University, Western Australia.
Irena Kossakowski’s book, A Homeland Denied, follows the harrowing journey of her father - a young Warsaw University student - whose peaceful life was changed dramatically on that fateful day of 1 September 1939. www.ahomelanddenied.com
Suji Kwock Kim is the recipient of a 2018 Clore Award from Poetry London, as well as awards from the Munster Literature Centre and Poetry Society of America. She is the author of Notes From The Divided Country, which won the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize; Private Property, a multimedia play performed at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe; and Disorient, which is forthcoming. Her work can be found in Best American Poetry 2018, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Statesman, The Irish Examiner, Slate, The Nation, The New Republic and The Paris Review. She lives in London. Alistair Lexden is a Conservative peer and political historian. His short study, Neville Chamberlain: Redressing the Balance, an enlarged version of a recent lecture broadcast on BBC Parliament, is published in October. Full details of his historical work, and of his contributions in the Lords of which he is a Deputy Speaker, can be found on his website, http://www.alistair lexden.org.uk. Henry J-M Levet (1874-1906) loved maps and compasses and wore beautifully-cut Englishstyle suits. He was in the French consular service in India, Indo-China, the Philippines and Argentina, until a disease left him unable to speak. Patricia McCarthy, editor of Agenda (www.agendpapoetry.co.uk) won the National Poetry Competition 2013. Previous collections include Rodin’s Shadow, Horses Between Our Legs, and Letters to Akhmatova. Trodden Before (High Window Press), and Rockabye (Worple Press) have very recently been published. Jeffrey Meyers, FRSL, has had thirty-three books translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He’s recently published Robert Lowell in Love and The Mystery of the Real: Correspondence with Alex Colville in 2016. Resurrections: Authors, Heroes—and a Spy was published in 2018. Michael O’Neill’s fourth book of poems Return of the Gift from Arc appears in 2018. It has received a Special Commendation from the Poetry Book Society. Sheenagh Pugh lives in Shetland. She has published several collections of poetry with Seren; her next is due out in May 2019 and is called Afternoons Go Nowhere. Tony Roberts’s essays, The Taste in My Mind, appeared in 2015, following publication of Drawndark (2014). His fifth poetry collection, The Noir American & Other Poems, appeared this summer. All are from Shoestring Press. Declan Ryan’s debut pamphlet was published in the Faber New Poets series. Fiona Sampson’s latest books are Limestone Country (Little Toller) and In Search of Mary Shelley (Profile). was born in London. (flipped eye, 2016) is her debut collection, and originates from the time she lived in Havana and the Pinar del Río province of Cuba. Her stories have appeared in Leila Segal Breathe: Stories from Cuba Litro, Wasafiri Magazine, The Lonely Crowd, Mechanics’ Institute Review, Generations Literary Journal, Papeles de la Mancuspia, Loose Muse, and Ink Sweat & Tears. She is the director of Voice of Freedom, a participatory photography project with women who have escaped slavery.
Arthur Solway’s poetry has appeared in The London Magazine, Salmagundi, Tupelo Quarterly, Tiferet, and The Shanghai Literary Review. He is also a frequent contributor of reviews and cultural essays to Artforum, Frieze, and Art Asia Pacific magazines. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, he has been based in Shanghai since 2007. Will Stone is a poet, essayist and literary translator. His first poetry collection Glaciation (Salt, 2007), won the international Glen Dimplex Award for poetry in 2008. A second collection Drawing in Ash appeared in May 2011 (Salt Publishing). Shearsman Books published a third collection The Sleepwalkers in April 2016. Will’s poetry translations include To the Silenced - Selected Poems of Georg Trakl (Arc, 2005) Emile Verhaeren Poems (Arc, 2013) and Georges Rodenbach Poems (Arc, 2017). Pushkin Press published his translation of Montaigne by Stefan Zweig in 2015 and Messages from a Lost World – Europe on the Brink by Stefan Zweig in January 2016. Pushkin will publish Encounters and Destinies – A Farewell to Europe by Stefan Zweig in 2018 and Rome, Florence, Venice by Georg Simmel will also appear in 2018. Hesperus Press will publish Friedrich Hölderlin: Life Poetry and Madness by Wilhelm Waiblinger in 2018. Surrender to Night - Collected Poems of Georg Trakl will be published by Pushkin in 2019, along with new editions of Journeys by Stefan Zweig (2010), Rilke in Paris by Maurice Betz (2011) and On the End of the World by Joseph Roth (2013). Will contributes essays/reviews on literature and art to a range of publications including The
London Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, Apollo Magazine, the RA Magazine, The
White Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Review, and Agenda. Simon Tait is a freelance journalist, writer and editor. He is a former commissioning editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine and arts correspondent of The Times and has contributed features to most national newspapers. He is co-editor of the fortnightly Arts Industry magazine. He is the author of a biography of the painter Philip Sutton among other books, and was President of the Critics’ Circle 2013-15.
George Tardios was born in London of Greek Cypriot parentage. Poems in six ‘PEN/Arts Council anthologies’ published by Hutchinson and several other publications. Two collections of poems BullSong and Buttoned-Up Shapes. Director of Totleigh Barton, the Arvon Foundation’s first residential creative writing centre in Devon. ‘Poets in Schools’ scheme and tutored creative writing courses for Arvon Foundation. Organised the first ‘National Poetry Competition’ for the Poetry Society/BBC TV at Earl’s Court and for Arvon Foundation/Observer. Judged television’s BBC2 ‘South Bank Show’ Poetry Competition. Led an expedition in Tanzania retracing, on foot, H.M. Stanley’s 1871 journey in his search for Dr David Livingstone. The trek took two years and twelve days to complete. George Tardios has written an account of the journey, Lay down your heart.