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Join us for the launch of the Spring 2018 issue of The Poetry Review on Wednesday 11 April 2018, with readers Anthony Anaxagorou, Kathryn Maris, Ruth McIlroy and, in an exclusive filmed reading, Harmony Holiday.
The launch is held at The Poetry Café, London (nearest station: Covent Garden). Doors open at 6:30pm and the readings will be from 7pm.
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6 Music, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, as well as being published in The Poetry Review, The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. Currently he works as the writer in residence at Whitmore School in Harrow and Queen Elizabeth Boys school in Barnet where he teaches poetry. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing that aims to challenge the lack of diversity in British publishing.
Poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday, born in Waterloo, Iowa, is the author of books including Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues and Hollywood Forever, and has been awarded the Motherwell Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. As the daughter of the R&B singer and songwriter Jimmy Holiday, she was immersed in music from early childhood: “I just thought it was part of being human, to communicate in some form of sound grammar outside of the mundane daily rhythms and speech patterns. I never really separated poetry from music and music from the body and dance, from ways of moving through space and time.”
Kathryn Maris is from New York and has lived in London since 1999. Her previous collections are The Book of Jobs and God Loves You. In 2017 she featured alongside Frederick Seidel and Sam Riviere in Penguin Modern Poets 5: Occasional Wild Parties (2017). Her poetry has been published widely, including in Granta, The New Statesman, Poetry, The Best British Poetry and The Forward Book of Poetry 2017. Her third collection, The House with Only an Attic and a Basement (Penguin), will appear in May.
Ruth McIlroy has lived mostly in Edinburgh and now lives and works as a psychotherapist in Sheffield. Her pamphlet Guppy Primer (smith|doorstop) was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2017. She blogs at everythingbutthestory.wordpress.com.
The Poetry Review Spring 2018 cover artwork is by Manshen Lo.