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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.

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