Ben Borek was born in in Camberwell in 1980. He graduated, with distinction, from The University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA in 2004. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and has read at the Latitude poetry festival and his book, Donjong Heights was a cult book of 2007. He lives in London, where he teaches and is currently working on his second book.
Vahni Capildeo (b. Trinidad,1973) has lived in the UK since 1991. Completing a doctorate in Old Norse literature (Oxford, 2001) and holding a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, she has worked at the Oxford English Dictionary and as a crisis centre volunteer. She is a Contributing Editor and the UK agent and representative for the Caribbean Review of Books.
She is also a Contributing Advisor to Black Box Manifold, the University of Sheffield e-zine, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Indo-Caribbean Studies. She held a Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds (spring semester 2009).
Her poetry includes: books – No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003), Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005), Undraining Sea (Egg Box, 2009), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (Egg Box, due 2010), Utter (in progress); anthologies – The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (OUP, 2005), In the Telling (Cinnamon, 2009), Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, due 2009).
Capildeo also has a strong interest in prose writing, particularly non-fiction. Her prose has appeared variously online and in print, in Iain Sinclair’s London: City of Disappearances (Penguin, 2006), Jeanne Mason and Lisa Allen-Agostini’s Trinidad Noir (Akashic, 2008), and Chuma Nwokolo’s online Journal of African Writing. Current projects include facilitating a ‘South-South’ exchange between innovatory and progressive writers, initially from India and Trinidad.
A poem from Undraining Sea, ('From First to Last...') has been Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize, 2009, and will be separately included in the Prize collection which will be released during Poetry Week in October.
Daniel Kane was born in New York city and grew up in Manila, Philippines; Mexico city, Mexico; London, England; Tenafly, New Jersey; and New York City. He is currently a senior lecturer in American literature at the university of Sussex, Brighton, England.
Ágnes Lehóczky is an Hungarian-born poet and translator. She completed her Masters in English and Hungarian Literature at Pázmány Péter University of Hungary in 2001 and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2006. She holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing, also from the UEA. She has two short poetry collections in Hungarian, Station X (2000) and Medallion (2002), published by Universitas, Hungary. Her first full collection, Budapest to Babel, was published by Egg Box in 2008. She was the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010 in poetry and the inaugural winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011.
Her collection of essays on the poetry of Ágnes Nemes Nagy, Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance, was published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars and a libretto of hers was commissioned by Writers' Centre Norwich for The Voice Project at Norwich Cathedral as part of & Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2011. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Sheffield.
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