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Vinita Agrawal and Jennifer Robertson

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Vinita Agrawal and Jennifer Robertson, both from from Mumbai, India, hosted by Linda Ashok of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts.

Tune in for free on January 28th, 2017 at 15.30 GMT. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.

Vinita Agrawal is an award-winning Mumbai-based poet and author of Words Not Spoken (Brown Critique/Sampark) and The Longest Pleasure (Finishing Line Press, USA) and The Silk Of Hunger (AuthorsPress, Delhi). She is Senior Editor for The Woman, Inc., a website dedicated to women facing domestic abuse. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award USA, 2015, Rædleafpoetry award, Wordweavers award, All India Poetry award, Hour Of Writes Award, her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Mithila Review, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mascara Literary Review, and other national and international journals. Her poems have been anthologised in compilations from Australia and Israel. She was co judge for the AsianCha poetry contest 2015. She has read at SAARC events in Delhi and Agra at the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad, at Delhi for Delhi Poetree, at Mumbai for Cappuccino Readings and for the Maharashtra state literary body.

Jennifer Robertson is a contemporary Indian poet, critic and independent curator living in Mumbai. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in American Book Review, Scroll and the Telegraph. Her poems have appeared in The Missing Slate, 40 Under 40: An Anthology of Post-Globalisation poetry published by Poetrywala and in the Urban Myths and Legends anthology published by The Emma Press. Jennifer is the convener for literary events hosted by the The PEN-All India Centre. Her first poetry manuscript was chosen for the Editor’s choice award by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and will be published in 2016.

RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts publishes The Poetry Mail and funds the annual RL Poetry Award. Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Chichester. Her poems have appeared in several publications, online and in print, including The McNeese Review, Axolotl, Skylight 47, Vinyl, The Big Bridge Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poets, Mascara Literary Review, Entropy and others. In 2016, Linda’s work was nominated for Best of the Net by Expound. She is the Founder/President of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts and sponsors the annual RL Poetry Award (est. 2013).

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John Clegg and Don Share

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature John Clegg from London, UK and Don Share from Chicago, IL, USA, hosted by Robert Peake of Transatlantic Poetry.

Tune in for free on November 20th, 2016 at 20.00 GMT. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.

John Clegg’s most recent book is Holy Toledo! (Carcanet, 2016). An earlier collection, Antler (Salt, 2012), received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2013. He works as a bookseller in London. At present he is editing for publication the letters of poet and translator Christopher Middleton.

Don Share is the editor of Poetry. His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems for Faber & Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández, awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and Premio Valle Inclán, were published in a revised and expanded edition by New York Review Books, and appeared in an earlier edition from Bloodaxe Books. His other books include Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), Squandermania (Salt), and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine (University of Chicago Press), a sequel to which will appear in 2017. His work at Poetry has been recognised with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and a Community of Literary Magazines and Presses “Firecracker” Award for Best Poetry Magazine. He received a VIDA “VIDO” Image Award for his contributions to American literature and literary community.

TRANSATLANTIC Poetry is a unique community of poets writing in (or translating to) English from the US, UK, Europe, and beyond. We host an innovative series of readings that bring poets together from across the globe using YouTube Live Streaming technology. Robert Peake is an American-born poet living near London and creator of the Transatlantic Poetry reading series. His collection The Knowledge is available from Nine Arches Press.

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Malik Crumpler and Leah Umansky

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Malik Crumpler from Brooklyn, NY, USA and Leah Umansky from New York, NY, USA, hosted by John Gosslee of Fjords Review.

Tune in for free on November 13th, 2016 at 20.00 GMT. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.

Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, fiction writer, rapper and music producer that’s released many albums, short films and five books of poetry. He founded Satori Ideas Media and co-founded the literary journals: Madmens Calling, Visceral Brooklyn and Those That This. He is the new co-curator of Poets Live in Paris, France, has an MFA in Creative Writing from LIU Brooklyn and performs regularly in Paris and New York.

Leah Umansky is a poet and teacher in New York. She is the author of the dystopian-themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press 2016), the Mad Men Inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press 2014) and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties (Blazevox 2012). Her collection The Barbarous Century was shortlisted for the 2016 Sexton Prize by Eyewear Publishing. She received her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Poetry Magazine, Slice Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Faerie Magazine, and The Boston Review. She is the Host and Curator of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her Game of Thrones inspired poems have also been translated into Norwegian by Beijing Trondheim. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times (online), USA Today’s Pop Candy, Coldfront Magazine, and The Huffington Post. More at her site www.LeahUmansky.com and follow her at @Lady_Bronte.

Fjords Review is a twice-yearly print journal of poetry, prose, and photography. In addition to its companion website, Fjords is available in over 300 bookstores in the United States and Canada. John Gosslee is the editor of Fjords Review. His collection Blitzkrieg Body combines poetry, imagery, and performance art.

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Tony Chan and Terese Svoboda

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Tony Chan from London, UK and Terese Svoboda from Southampton, NY, USA, hosted by Kelly Davio of Eyewear Publishing.

Tune in for free on September 25th, 2016 at 20.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.

Tony Chan is a former football coach and schoolmaster who spent many years teaching English and Latin at the independent school Stowe. In his late twenties, he entered – as he playfully terms it – the ‘adventuring phase’ of his life: trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro and joining passels of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. These explorations were the foundation stones for his 78-day, 1,400-mile solo-trek across the four extreme points of mainland Britain, during which he wrote a sonnet at the end of each day. Those sonnets are collected in his debut poetry collection Four Points Fourteen Lines. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Australia and now settled in Britain, much of his work deals with the confluence of national identities. He is presently writing a series of stories centered on displaced individuals – perhaps to be completed after another pilgrimage, from London to Rome.

A recent Guggenheim Fellow, Terese Svoboda is the author of six previous collections of poetry, an opera, a biography, six novels, a memoir, and a book of translations from Nuer. Currently teaching at Stony Brook/Southampton, Svoboda has twice been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and held the McGee Professorship at Davidson. She has taught at Williams, Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, and many institutions. Her new collection of poems with Eyewear Publishing is Professor Harriman’s Steam Air-Ship.

Eyewear Publishing has been publishing poetry and prose since 2012. Their annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize seeks to discover, support and develop exciting new poets. They are an independent press, passionate about producing beautifully designed, fascinating books that remain affordable to celebrate the best writing in English from the UK and overseas. Kelly Davio is the Senior Poetry Editor of Eyewear Publishing in New York, and Poetry Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, based in Washington State. Her first collection of poetry, Burn This House, was published by Red Hen Press in 2013, and she edited the anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She regularly publishes essays in venues like The Toast, Ravishly, The Rumpus, and others. Her column, “The Waiting Room,” is a monthly feature at Change Seven Magazine.

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Fatimah Asghar and Rena Minegishi

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Fatimah Asghar from Chicago, IL, USA and Rena Minegishi from London, UK, hosted by R.A. Villanueva of Kundiman.

Tune in for free on August 31st, 2016 at 20.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live on air.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theatre in post-violent contexts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, PEN Poetry Series, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her chapbook “After” was published by Yes Yes Books in the autumn of 2015.

Rena Minegishi is a Japanese-Chinese poet and producer. A member of Barbican Young Poets and Octavia collective, her poetry often draws upon feminism, intimate relationships and issues of migration. She is currently studying electronic music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. [Photo: Amaal Said]

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature. Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment. R.A.Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U. Nebraska Press, 2014). New writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Prac Crit, and The Wolf. His many honours include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. He lives in Brooklyn and London. [Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths]

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Vahni Capildeo and Tyehimba Jess

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Vahni Capildeo from Cambridge, UK and Tyehimba Jess from Detroit, MI, USA, hosted by Malika Booker of Transatlantic Poetry on Air.

Tune in for free on August 14th, 2016 at 20.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live on air.

Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer. After completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, she has worked in a number of roles, including: a lexicographer at the Oxford English Dictionary; Contributing Editor at the Caribbean Review of Books; an Information and Communications volunteer in the Trading Division at Oxfam Head Office; Senior Programme Officer at Commonwealth Writers; University teaching and research; and the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. She has a particular interest in boundaries between the human and the natural; multilingualism, memory, and the poetics of place. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, which is creating a new, clickable and diverse digital poetry map of Britain. In 2015-16 she is combining travel with archival research, supported by the Harper-Wood Studentship (St. John’s College, Cambridge). She has published five books and two pamphlets, of which the most recent are Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet; 2016) [shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Best Collection Prize); Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015); and Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013).

Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, is forthcoming from Wave Books in April 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

TRANSATLANTIC Poetry is a unique community of poets writing in (or translating to) English from the US, UK, Europe, and beyond. We host an innovative series of readings “on air” that bring poets together from across the globe using Google+ Hangouts on Air technology. Malika Booker is a British writer, poet, and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. She is the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a writer’s collective for beginning and emerging poets in London. She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with The British Council in: Slovenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Russia, and Azerbaijan and was Hampton Court Palace’s Writer in Residence in 2004. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her poetry collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press in 2013) was long-listed for the OCM Bocas 2014 prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for first full collection 2014. Malika is the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds where she is working on her next poetry collection and theatre show.

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