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The Poetry Review Spring 2021 launch (Zoom)

Wednesday 14 April 2021, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

L to r: Gail McConnell, Jamie McKendrick (photo: Caroline Forbes), Stephanie Sy-Quia, Ishion Hutchinson (photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Join The Poetry Society for the online celebration of the Spring 2021 issue of The Poetry Review.

The exciting line-up of poets will include Gail McConnell, Jamie McKendrick and Stephanie Sy-Quia, with a filmed reading by Ishion Hutchinson. The event will be introduced by Review Editor Emily Berry. Space may be limited, so book your place.

The Spring 2021 issue of The Poetry Review was published at the end of March. You can subscribe to the print version of The Poetry Review here, or sign up for the digital edition (including a modern archive of 30 issues since winter 2013) here.

About our readers

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His first collection, Far District, came out in 2010 and received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. His latest collection, House of Lords and Commons (Faber, 2016), was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award 2016. Other honours include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He directs the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

Gail McConnell is from Belfast. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Fothermather (Ink Sweat & Tears, 2019) and Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Fothermather was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award and made into a programme for Radio 4 and the Seriously… podcast, produced by Conor Garrett. She is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen’s University Belfast and the author of Northern Irish Poetry and Theology (Palgrave, 2014). Gail’s writing interests include violence, creatureliness, queerness and the possibilities and politics of language and form. Gail’s poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Blackbox Manifold and Stand, and she is the recipient of two awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a Poetry Book Society Choice; Ink Stone (2003), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Out There (2012) won the Hawthornden Prize. His Selected Poems was published by Faber in 2016. He is editor of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004); The Embrace (2009), his translations of Valerio Magrelli’s poetry, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld and the John Florio prizes. His most recent publications are Anomaly (Faber, 2018); The Years, his self-illustrated chapbook (Arc, 2020), which won the 2020 Michael Marks Award for Illustration; and the book of essays The Foreign Connection, Writings on Poetry, Art and Translation (Legenda, 2020).

Stephanie Sy-Quia is a writer and critic based in London. She grew up in Berkeley, California, and France. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The White Review and elsewhere. She is a member of the Ledbury Critics Programme and has twice been shortlisted for the FT Bodley Head essay prize. Her debut work, AMNION, is forthcoming from Granta Poetry in November.