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Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). Kayo has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus.
Sophie Collins is co-editor of tender, an online journal promoting work by female-identified writers and artists, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2014. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, will be published by Book Works at the end of 2017. Her first poetry collection will be published by Penguin in early 2018.
Amina is a nineteen-year-old Somali–British writer. Roundhouse/BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Words First London finalist, Amina was raised in Bow, East London and is a member of the collectives Octavia, Spit the Atom and Barbican Young Poets. She is a co-host of Boxpark Shoreditch’s spoken word night BoxedIN. Her work features in a Saqi Books anthology, The Things I Would Tell You. She has been commissioned by the BBC and the Queens Gallery.
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and currently lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and was Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in the same year.
Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. She was named a Next Generation Poet 2014 following her second collection, Beautiful Girls. Her most recent book of poetry, Sunshine, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016 and saw her shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, Ted Hughes Award and Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
André Naffis-Sahely is from Abu Dhabi. He has translated over twenty titles of fiction and poetry from the Italian and the French, including works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Alessandro Spina, Abdellatif Laâbi, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Mohamed Nedali. The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) is his debut collection of poetry. His work will also be featured in a forthcoming volume of the Penguin Modern Poets series. www.andrenaffis.com
Martha Sprackland is a writer and editor. She was co-founder and poetry editor of Cake magazine, was assistant poetry editor for Faber & Faber, is a founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante, and co-editor at Offord Road Books. Martha’s debut pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published by Rack Press in January 2017, and she is currently working on a full-length collection. A non-fiction book about sharks is forthcoming in the summer of 2018. She is poet-in-residence for Caught by the River.