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Solmaz Sharif and Fran Lock

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Fran Lock from London, UK and Solmaz Sharif from San Francisco, CA, USA, hosted by Edward Doegar of The Poetry Society.

Tune in for free on May 30th, 2015 at 20.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live on air.

Fran Lock is a dog whisperer and author of two poetry collections, Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011), and The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014). She is the winner of the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, and her poem Last Exit to Luton won third prize in The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition.

Solmaz Sharif is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Her poetry has appeared The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and others. Her work has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, a poetic rewrite of the US Department of Defense’s dictionary, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017.

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has nearly 4,000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine Poetry Review. Edward Doegar is the General Manager of the Poetry Society. He was born in Surrey, grew up in Hull and now lives in London. His poems and reviews have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma and Ambit.

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