Join us on Wednesday 7 June, as The Poetry Café reopens after its long hibernation, in this transatlantic meeting of poetic talent.
Readings from Fran Lock, commended in the 2016 National Poetry Competition, fresh from the release of her collection Dogtooth, 2014 Next Generation Poet Melissa Lee-Houghton, whose critically-acclaimed collection Sunshine made its way onto a cavalcade of literary shortlists in 2016, and Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley, a prize winner in the 2015 National Poetry Competition, hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and reading in the UK for the first time. Not to be missed!
Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley
Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley is a poet and writer living in the Rocky Mountains in the USA. She began writing and studying poetry after meeting British poet, John Latham, in a Colorado gold mining town. Carolyn is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and has attended poetry workshops sponsored by Aspen Words, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Key West Literary Seminar. Her work has appeared in journals and publications such as Ruminate, Peregrine, The Poetry Review, Susquehanna Life, and Boulder Weekly. She is currently compiling her first poetry collection. Her poem ‘Biracial’ placed third in the 2015 National Poetry Competition. Carolyn can be found on Instagram at @elizabethoxleywrites.
Fran Lock is a sometime itinerant dog whisperer and author of three poetry collections, Flatrock (Little Episodes, 2011), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt, 2014) and Dogtooth (Out-Spoken Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various places, most recently The Mechanics’ Institute Review, POETRY, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, and in Best British Poetry 2015. She is the winner of the 2014 Ambit Poetry Competition, the 2015 Out Spoken Poetry Prize, and the 2016 Yeats Poetry Prize. Her poems ‘Last Exit to Luton’ and ‘Gentleman Caller’ came third and were commended in the National Poetry Competition 2014 and 2015 respectively. Her poem ‘Melpomene’ was recently Highly Commended by the Forward Prize and appears in the Forward Prize anthology 2017. She is currently undertaking a practice based Ph.D at Birkbeck on the relationship between the epistolary form in contemporary poetry and the use of letters in therapeutic contexts.
Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in 1982 in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Her first two collections were published by Penned in the Margins, A Body Made of You (2011) and Beautiful Girls (2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2014 Melissa was recognised as a Next Generation Poet. Her third book Sunshine (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the Ted Hughes Award, and features ‘i am very precious’, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2016. Her fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and won a Northern Writers Award in 2016. She lives in London.