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In Town Tonight: Leah Umansky with Amy Key, Jane Yeh and Alex MacDonald

Wednesday 23 March 2016, 7:00 pm10:00 pm


In Town Tonight Leah etc_Layout 1At the second in the series of ‘In Town Tonight’ events presented by The Poetry Society, New York-based poet Leah Umansky will read from her newest work of dystopian poetry, Straight Away the Emptied World, alongside poems inspired by popular culture from Mad Men to Game of Thrones.

She will be joined by a fellow American poet – Jane Yeh – and two British poets, Amy Key and Alex MacDonald.


Advance tickets are on sale for £5, or pay £6 on the door.

About the poets:

Leah Umansky is a teacher and poet in New York City. She is the author of the new dystopian-themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press), the Mad-Men inspired, Don Dreams and I Dream (2014) and the full-length,  Domestic Uncertainties (2012). Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in such places as Poetry, Magma, Faerie Magazine, The Golden Shovel Anthology. Some of her Game of Thrones poems have been translated into Norwegian by Beijing Trondheim. She featured in the spring 2014 issue of The Poetry Review.

Jane Yeh‘s first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes.  Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012.  She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Poetry Review, as well as in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2012 and The Forward Book of Poetry 2013 and 2006.  

Amy Key’s debut collection Luxe was published in 2013. She co-edits Poems in Which and is editor of Best Friends Forever: poems on female friendship (The Emma Press). Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies including Poetry, The Poetry Review, Poetry Please: Love Poems (Faber & Faber) and The Poetry of Sex (Penguin).

Alex MacDonald’s poetry has been published in Best British Poetry 2015, Poetry London, Ambit Magazine, Clinic, 3:AM and The Quietus. He was the Digital Poet in Residence for the Poetry School and he is one of the editors of the online poetry magazine Poems in Which.