MEET THE SELECTORS
Every quarter our expert poet selectors chose the very best new books from publishers big and small to deliver to our members worldwide.
Sarah Howe joins us as a Book Selector for Summer 2021 onwards. Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism. Previous honours include a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry, as well as fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London.
Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). It was shortlisted the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015. In 2019 it was voted as one of the top 25 poetry books of the past 25 years by the Booksellers Association. His second collection, playtime, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018; it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018, a Poetry Book of the Month in both The Observer and The Telegraph, a Poetry Book of the Year in The Sunday Times and was shortlisted for the Polari Prize. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU and lives in Manchester.
Loretta Collins Klobah is the author of two poetry collections. The Twelve Foot Neon Woman (Peepal Tree Press, 2011) received the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean poetry and was short-listed for the Forward’s Felix Dennis Prize. She has received many awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Earl Lyons Award from The Academy of American Poets, and the Pam Wallace Award for an Aspiring Woman Writer. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. She lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she is Professor of Caribbean Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Puerto Rico.
Mary Jean Chan is a London-based poet from Hong Kong. She is an editor of Oxford Poetry and a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University. Her debut pamphlet A Hurry of English (ignitionpress 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice, and was chosen by Gay's the Word as one of their Best Books of the Year for 2018. Mary Jean came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem twice. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2019, and won the 2018 Poetry Society Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her collection's title poem. Her debut collection, Flèche (Faber & Faber 2019) is a Poetry Book Society and won the Costa Book Award for poetry.
Nick Makoha's debut collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. He was appointed as Wasafiri’s Writer-in-Residence for 2019. He is part of the judging panel for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019. His poems appeared in The Cambridge Review, The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation, The Ministry of Stories and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. Find out more at www.nickmakoha.com
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ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU has published nine volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His work has appeared on BBC Newsnight, Radio 4, ITV and Sky Arts as well as being published in The Feminist Review, Amnesty International’s Words That Burn and John Berger’s anthology The Long White Thread of Words. He was commissioned by the Labour Party during the 2017 general election to write their campaign poem. In 2015 he won the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for influential people. In 2012 he founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and music night, and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher which challenges the lack of diversity in British publishing.