Join us for an evening of readings from five fantastic Faber poets. Sophie Collins and Hannah Sullivan, both with debut collections this year, will be joined by the renowned Ishion Hutchinson and two acclaimed poets with forthcoming Faber debuts: Rachael Allen and Mary Jean Chan.
Time: 7 p. m.
Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Venue: Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA
Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the poetry editor for Granta, and co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of the online journal tender. Rachael was a Faber New Poet, whose pamphlet was published in 2014. She is also the co-author of Jolene, a collaborative book of poems and photographs with the artist Guy Gormley, and Nights of Poor Sleep, a collaboration with the artist Marie Jacotey. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Hull. Her debut collection will be published by Faber in 2019.
Mary Jean Chan
Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Ambit Magazine, The Rialto, The London Magazine, Oxford Poetry, Callaloo Journal, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Magma, The Scores, Tongue and English: Journal of the English Association. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was published by ignitionpress (Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre), and was recently selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. She is a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic and an editor of Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection will be published by Faber in 2019.
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. Her work small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Who Is Mary Sue? is her first poetry collection.
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His first collection, Far District, came out in 2010 and received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. House of Lords and Commons, his second collection, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award 2016 and was published by Faber in 2017. Other honours include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
Hannah Sullivan lives in London with her husband and two sons and is an Associate Professor of English at New College, Oxford. She received her PhD from Harvard in 2008 and taught in California for four years. Her study of modernist writing, The Work of Revision, was published in 2013 and awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy. Three Poems is her first poetry collection.