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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.



Spring 2023 Selections

Dr Jo Clement is a working-class poet and interdisciplinary maker based in Newcastle. A Northern Writers' Award winner, she teaches Creative Writing at Northumbria University. BBC Radio appearances include Enchanted IsleNorthern DriftPoetry Please, and Start the Week. With support from the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, Jo edited Wagtail: The Roma Women’s Poetry Anthology. She is Managing Editor of Butcher’s Dog, voted 'Best Poetry Magazine' in the Saboteur Awards. Jo's highly acclaimed debut Outlandish (Bloodaxe Books, 2022) confronts Romantic impressions of British Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller ethnicity, and lyrically lays them to rest.



Spring 2023 Selections

Roy McFarlane is a Poet, Playwright and former Youth &
Community Worker born in
Birmingham of Jamaican parentage, living in Brighton. He’s the National Canal Laureate and former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Starbucks Poet in Residence and is the co-editor of Celebrate Wha? Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands (Smokestack, 2011). His debut collection, Beginning With Your Last Breath, (Nine Arches Press 2016) was followed by The Healing Next Time, (Nine Arches Press 2018) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. And his greatly anticipated third collection Living by Troubled Waters is out now with Nine Arches Press.



Winter 2023 Selection onwards

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian writer. Her debut poetry book, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017), was shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Recently, her poems have been anthologized in 100 Queer Poems (Faber); After Sylvia: Poems and Essays in Celebration of Sylvia Plath (Nine Arches Press); Across Borders: An Anthology of New Poetry from the Commonwealth (Verve Poetry Press). The Spanish edition of Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Todos saben que soy una aparición) is in development, and Shivanee’s second book, Unkillable, on Indo-Caribbean women’s disobedience, is forthcoming in 2024.



We're excited to announce our new Pamphlet Selector joining Arji Manuelpillai to read the Summer round will be Alycia
Pirmohamed. Alycia is the author of Another Way to Split Water which was a PBS Recommendation and Hinge which was a Pamphlet Choice. As well as Faces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative work, Second Memory, co-authored by Pratyusha. Her nonfiction debut A Beautiful and Vital Place won the 2023 Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing and is forthcoming with Canongate. Alycia currently teaches on the Creative Writing master’s at the University of Cambridge, and she is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network and a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics.



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.

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