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The Poetry Review Autumn 2020 launch (Zoom)

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Composite photo of four readers: Fiona Benson Luke Kennard Valzhyna Mort Kimberly Reyes
L to r: Fiona Benson (photo: Gareth Franklin); Luke Kennard; Valzhyna Mort (photo: Tanya Kapitonava); Kimberly Reyes

Please join us via Zoom for the online celebration of the Autumn issue of The Poetry Review.

Our exciting readers will be Fiona Benson, Luke Kennard, Valzhyna Mort and Kimberly Reyes. The event will be introduced by Review Editor Emily Berry. Space may be limited, so book your place.

The Autumn 2020 issue of The Poetry Review will be published at the end of September. You will shortly be able to read poems by our readers and enjoy other selected highlights from the Autumn issue for free here.

About our readers

Fiona Benson won the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2019 for Vertigo & Ghost (Cape). Her first collection Bright Travellers (Cape, 2014) won the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for a First Full Collection and the 2015 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She lives in Devon with her husband and their two daughters.

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lives in Birmingham. He is currently working on a collection inspired by the Book of Jonah. Notes on the Sonnets, a series of reactions to 154 Shakespeare sonnets, will be published by Penned in the Margins in 2021. He was The Poetry Society and Canal & River Trust’s Canal Laureate from 2016 to 2017.

Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Factory of Tears and Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2008 and 2011). Her third collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Mort has received the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and the Burda Prize for Eastern European authors. She teaches at Cornell University.

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, the Prague Summer Program for Writers, Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Film Ireland, The Feminist Wire, The Stinging Fly and New American Writing. Her poetry collections include Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn) and Warning Coloration (dancing girl press). A second-generation New Yorker, Kimberly was the 2019-2020 Fulbright fellow studying Irish Literature and Film at University College Cork.