Tune in for free on December 13th, 2015 at 20.00 GMT. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live on air.
Selina Nwulu is a London based writer, poet and performer of Nigerian heritage. She is currently Young Poet Laureate for London (2015-2016). Her work is an exploration of both the personal and political which she weaves with themes of identity, daily observation, nostalgia, and belonging. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies including collections by the RSA (2015), Lunar Poetry (2015) and Emma Press (2014). Her first chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip is was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2015. She has also written for a number of outlets including The Guardian, Red Pepper, the Free Word centre and Sable litmag. She has performed nationally and internationally, most recently at a number of festivals including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and Fiery Tongues Festival in Ruigoord, Holland.
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honours include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. (Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) is located at the historic site of Walt Whitman’s birth in 1819. The organisation is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the birthplace for future generations. It maintains a 600-volume library that focuses on the poetry and life of Walt Whitman and includes an original edition of Leaves of Grass. The WWBA also hosts regular poetry readings, workshops, and other educational and cultural events. Each year the WWBA’s Board of Trustees selects a nationally-recognised poet to be its Poet-in-Residence. George Wallace is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), National Beat Poetry Festival Laureate (2015-16), and author of 29 chapbooks of poetry. An adjunct professor of English at Pace University, he obtained his MFA at Pacific University, studying with Marvin Bell, David St John and Joe Millar. George tours the US and UK annually, reading from his own work, conducting writing workshops, and lecturing on various literary topics.