Just what the doctor ordered! Poetry at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore 4th July

Here is the poster for the evening of poetry that will do you good. Please see below for full biographies of the poets. See you there!

Sam Guglani is an oncologist and writer of short fiction and poetry. He completed the Oxford University MSt. in Creative Writing with distinction in 2014. X-Ray was one of the winners of the Parallel Universe Poetry competition in 2013 and A Wedding Horse was included in the anthology A Charnel House in 2014. His collection of poems A Field Like This was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Pamphlet Prize in 2015. A number of his poems will be published in Shearsman in September 2015. His column on medicine and the arts will begin in The Lancet in late 2015. He is Director and Curator of Medicine Unboxed, a project he founded in 2009, which aims to engage health professionals and the public in conversations around the ethics, politics and values of medicine, illuminated through the arts (www.medicineunboxed.org).


Agnes Davis currently works as a freelance editor while bringing up her daughter in Bristol. Her musical piece of theatre, Lala, about how language enters and leaves us, was shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Prize in 2014. She was a finalist in the Newfound Poetry Competition 2013, selected for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award anthology in 2012 and was guest poet for the pamphlet West Side HERStory in 2015. Her poems appear in All HollowRhino, The Frogmore PapersThe Charnel HouseBoscombe Revolution and elsewhere. In 2014 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University.


Jane Draycott’s first full collection, Prince Rupert’s Drop (Carcanet/OxfordPoets), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 1999. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and in 2004, the year of her second collection, The Night Tree, she was nominated as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ list of poets.  Her third collection Over (Carcanet/OxfordPoets) was shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize, and her translation of the 14th-century Pearl (Carcanet/OxfordPoets 2011) is a PBS Recommendation and winner of a Stephen Spender Prize for Translation. Jane Draycott’s other books include No Theatre (Smith/Doorstop 1998, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection), Christina the Astonishing (with Lesley Saunders and Peter Hay, 1998) and Tideway (illustrated by Peter Hay, 2002), both from Two Rivers Press www.janedraycott.org.uk


Maya Catherine Popa is a writer and teacher in NYC. Her poetry appears in Tin HouseKenyon ReviewPoetry London, Southword, The Rumpus and elsewhere. Her non-fiction appears widely, including in Poets & Writers Magazine, PN Review, on The Daily-Beast’s “Women in the World” and The Huffington Post. She is a book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly. She was the Editorial Raab Fellow at Poets & Writers from 2013-2014, and literary editor of All Hollow Magazine. In 2012, she co-taught a writing workshop for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan under an NYU Veterans Fellowship. She was a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University, U.K, in the Master’s in Writing from 2011-2013. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. Her prizes and awards include the 2015 Hippocrates Prize, the 2013 Greg O’Donoghue Prize and the 2013 Oxford Poetry Society Martin Starkie Prize. http://www.mayacpopa.com


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