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The Poetry Review Summer 2020 launch (Zoom)

Thursday 16 July 2020, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Free
Left to right: Moniza Alvi, Phoebe Stuckes, D. Nurkse, Rachel Long (photo: Amaal Said)

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

Our exciting readers will be Moniza Alvi, Rachel Long, from the US, D. Nurkse, and our Geoffrey Dearmer Prize winner, Phoebe Stuckes. The event will be introduced by Review Editor Emily Berry. Space may be limited, so book your place.

Read poems by our readers and enjoy other selected highlights from the Summer issue of The Poetry Review for free here.

About our readers

Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore in 1954. She now lives in Norfolk. Her poetry collections include The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread and the T.S. Eliot poetry prizes, Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013), both also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent full-length collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye (Bloodaxe, 2018), a book unified by birds and inspired by her parents, the loss of her father and by his emigration from Pakistan. Moniza is currently researching, at UEA, the life and work of Stevie Smith.

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Her debut poetry collection, My Darling from the Lions, is just published by Picador and has been shortlisted for this year’s Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2020.

D. Nurkse is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult, A Night in Brooklyn, The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island and The Fall (published by Alfred Knopf). CB Editions, London, also published a British edition of A Night in Brooklyn. Voices over Water was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2011. Nurkse has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He served as poet laureate of Brooklyn from 1996 to 2001.

Phoebe Stuckes is a four-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, a Barbican Young Poet and was Ledbury Festival young poet in residence in 2015. Her pamphlet, Gin & Tonic (Smith|Doorstop, 2017), was shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award. In 2019 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her full-length collection, Platinum Blonde, forthcoming from Bloodaxe. Fiona Benson selected Phoebe as winner of The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem, ‘Thus I became a heart-eater’, first published in The Poetry Review, 109:4, Winter 2019.