MEET THE SELECTORS
Every quarter our expert team of poet selectors read hundreds of poetry books and pamphlets, submitted in an open call to all publishers big and small. They choose the very best new poetry books to award the PBS Selections and deliver to our members across the globe.
Mona Arshi worked as a Human rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing poetry. Her debut collectionSmall Handswon the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Mona’s second collection ‘Dear Big Gods’ was published in 2019 (both books published by Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Her poems and interviews have been published in The Times, The Guardian, Granta and The Times of India as well as on the London Underground. She was recently writer in Residence at Cley Marshes in Norfolk. In 2020 she was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. Mona has judged both the Forward and TS Eliot Prizes as well as the National Poetry Prize. Her debut novelSomebody Loves Youwas published by And Other Stories in Autumn 2021.
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books; a practical guide on the craft of poetry and fiction. He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.
Nick Makoha's debut collectionKingdom of Gravitywas shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated byThe Guardianas 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 pamphletResurrection 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.
NINA MINGYA POWLES
Nina is a writer, poet and maker from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently living in London. Her poetry collection Magnolia 木蘭 (2020) was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards and the Forward Prize. She is also the author of several zines and pamphlets, as well as a food memoir, Tiny Moons (2020) and a collection of essays, Small Bodies of Water (2021).
HARRY JOSEPHINE GILES
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Edinburgh. Their collection Tonguit was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and The Games for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire Prize for Best Collection. They have a strong spoken word scene presence – they were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, and their theatre has also toured globally, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia), Verb Festival (Aotearoa) and Teszt (Romania).
Pamphlet Selector from Autumn
Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, performer and creative facilitator based in London. His poetry has
appeared in magazines including Poetry Wales, The Rialto and Bath Magg, and his debut pamphlet, Mutton Rolls, was published with
Out-Spoken Press. Arji was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize, the Live Canon Prize, the National Poetry Prize and was runner-up in the Robert Graves Prize. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and London Stanza, received an Arts Council England award to develop his creative practice, and worked with Hannah Lowe as part of the Jerwood Arvon Mentoring Programme. Arji’s debut collection Improvised Explosive Device is due out in October with Penned in the Margins.