We have compiled a list of 10 Poets Bound to shift UK Page Poetry, the poets are in early and/or mid stage publishing career and are either experimenting with form on the page, tackling subject matters in interesting ways and/or have refined their poetic voice.
1. Romalyn Ante
Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines and moved to the UK in 2005. She is joint-winner of the Manchester Writing Competition, a Jerwood/Arvon mentee (2017-2018) and most recently, a Primers Volume 3 poet. She also received Creative Future Literary Awards for Poetry. She was recently chosen to attend Silliman University National Writers Workshop, the longest-running writing workshop in Asia. She is working towards her first full collection.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "I love walking my dogs, Tia and Jiraiya, and going on a road trip with my partner. I also love cooking Filipino and Thai cuisines, and snacking and taking a nap." - Romalyn Ante
Read Romalyn Ante's poem NIGHTINGALE PLEDGE
2. Raymond Antrobus
Raymond Antrobus is an award winning British-Jamaican poet, performer, editor, educator and co-curator of Chill Pill. In 2017 he was awarded 1 of 3 inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships and is a Complete Works 3 fellow. Raymond's poems have been published in anthologies including Bloodaxe ('Ten Poets Of The New Generation' as well as literary journals such as Poetry Review, The Rialto,The Deaf Poet's Society etc. His pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017) is published by Outspoken Press. His debut poetry collection, 'The Perseverance' will be published by Penned In The Margins (2018).
Read Raymond Antrobus's poem ECHO
3. Momtaza Mehri
Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist, literary studies researcher and meme archivist. Her work has been featured (& is forthcoming) in DAZED, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and Poetry International. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published in 2017.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion Favourite thing to do when not writing? "I enjoy calligraphy, decorating and customizing jewelry." - Momtaza Mehri
Read Momtaza Mehri's poem OF BLOODWORK & HOUSES
4. Seraphima Kennedy
Seraphima Kennedy grew up in west London. She writes poetry and creative non-fiction about family, migration, conflict and music. Seraphima is a Jerwood/Arvon mentee in poetry where she has been working with Pascale Petit. Last year she was shortlisted for The White Review Poets’ Prize, and performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival and Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival. She's a proud member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.
Read Seraphima Kennedy's poem THE DOOR
5. Caleb Femi
Caleb Femi was the first Young People's Laureate for London. He is also a director, photographer and English Literature teacher. Caleb is featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Mordern, The Royal Society for Literature, and more. Caleb has also won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and is currently working on a debut collection.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "When I am not writing I am shooting films, taking photographs, reading poems, watching anime, at the gym, eating crunchy nut clusters at 1am wondering why I am not writing poems." - Caleb Femi
Here is Caleb Femi's poem FAM
6. Theresa Lola
Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian Poet. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. In 2017 she won the Hammer and Tongue National Poetry Slam. She is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets programme led by Jacob Sam-La Rose. Her debut full length poetry collection is forthcoming in Feb 2019. She is the Editor-In-Chief of FourHubs Magazine.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "I watch Dave Chapelle stand up specials." - Theresa Lola
Read Theresa Lola's poem PSALM 151
7. Cynthia Miller
Cynthia Miller is a Malaysian-American poet that has been published in Primers Volume 2, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018, The Emma Press Anthology of Love, The Butchers Dog and Under the Radar, and shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of Verve, the Birmingham Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "Favourite thing to do when not writing is still poetry related (does that count?).... probably scheming and poetry plotting for Verve 2019"
Read Cynthia Miller's poem AUBADE WITH COURT RULING
8. Amina Jama
Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer and is a member of WOC poetry collective Octavia and is a Barbican Young Poets Alumni. Amina revisits displacement, identity and family. Her work has been published in a Saqi Books anthology and The Things I Would Tell You, She has also been commissioned by the likes of the BBC to the Queens Gallery.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion Favorite thing to do when not writing? "My favourite thing to do when I'm not writing is watching trash TV with caramel ice cream" - Amina Jama
Read Amina Jama's poem LATE LAST YEAR
9. Maddie Godfrey
Maddie Godfrey is a poet, and spoken word educator. At 22 she has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, TEDx Women, Amnesty International and Glastonbury Festival. In 2017 she was a writer-in-residence at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Her debut collection, will be released in June 2018.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "I recently acquired some plants and I really enjoy nurturing them and keeping them alive. In the past I have killed every plant I've owned so there's a lot of pressure this time" - Maddie Godfrey
Read Maddie Godfrey's poem PORCELAIN
10. Eleanor Penny
Eleanor Penny is an alumnus of the Barbican Young Poets programme. She’s currently Writer-in-Residence at Housmans Bookshop. She produces and hosts poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, supported by Spread the Word and the Arts Council England. Her first pamphlet is due out in mid-2018, published by flipped eye.
#FourHubsRandomQuestion - Favorite thing to do when not writing? "When I'm not writing I like wandering around London half lost, swimming in inadvisable bodies of water, drawing strangers, playing music badly, causing trouble. Realistically though I'll be feeling guilty about not writing" - Eleanor Penny
Read Eleanor Penny's poem CURSES