Tune in for free on May 21st, 2016 at 18.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live on air.
Eric Berlin is a freelance editor living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches “Ear Training for Poets” and “The Poetics of Prayer” at the Downtown Writers’ Center. He received an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, an MFA in Sculpture from NY Academy of Art, and a BA in English from Harvard University. After a solo show at Spark Contemporary Art Space, he returned to poetry, winning The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and receiving a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, where he began a book on the rhythm of language in stand-up. His poems can be found in Hunger Mountain, Tupelo Quarterly, and North American Review as well as Milkweed Editions’ Outsiders. His poem “Night Errand” won the 2015 National Poetry Prize.
Sarah Howe was born in Hong Kong in 1983. She won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2010. Her first collection, Loop of Jade, is published by Chatto & Windus, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the TS Eliot Prize 2015. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, a journal of poetry and criticism. Her poems have appeared widely in British magazines including The Poetry Review, PN Review and Poetry London, in anthologies such as The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Dear World & Everyone In It, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has performed her work at events across the country, from Ledbury Poetry Festival to the Royal Festival Hall. In 2015-16, she will be based at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard. Sarah was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 (Simon Elvin/Foyle Young Poets), and is a judge of The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2015. She was awarded the T S Eliot Prize in 2015 for Loop of Jade, the first time a debut collection has won the prize.
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. His poems, reviews and translations have appeared widely in magazines including Poetry Review, Ambit, Poetry London and Poetry Ireland Review. He is a Complete Works fellow and his work is featured in the Bloodaxe anthology ‘Ten: The New Wave’. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto.