Ahren Warner is the author of two collections of poems, Confer (Bloodaxe, 2011) and Pretty (Bloodaxe, 2013), both of which have received Poetry Book Society Recommendations. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and an Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2012, while Confer was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His reviews, interviews and poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies and he has also published a pocket-book, Re:, with Donut Press. Ahren completed his doctoral thesis – on philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the commodity in twentieth-century poetry – at the University of London; he has been a tutor and delivered lectures within the English department of Queen Mary, University of London, and has taught poetry in a creative writing context at universities and schools.
Martha Kapos, Poetry Co-editor, was born in America, read Classics at Harvard, then came to study painting and art history at the Chelsea College of Art. She taught there, lecturing and writing on art history and poetry until 2001, when she joined Poetry London. Her first poetry publication was a pamphlet from The Many Press in 1989. She won a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1994 and in 2000 was shortlisted for Poetry Review’s Geoffrey Dearmer ‘New Poet of the Year’ Award. Her poems have been published in Agenda, Thumbscrew, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Rialto, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her first collection, My Nights in Cupid’s Palace (Enitharmon, 2003) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for Best First Collection. Her second collection, Supreme Being (Enitharmon, 2008), and third collection, The Likeness (Enitharmon, 2014), both received Poetry Book Society Recommendations.
Sam Buchan-Watts is a co-editor of the poetry press and arts platform clinic, and has acted as reviews editor for Review 31, and poetry editor for Five Dials. A pamphlet of his poems was published in 2016 in the Faber New Poets series, and he received an Eric Gregory Award the same year. Poems have appeared in magazines and publications such as The Best British Poetry (Salt), Test Centre, The White Review (online), and his articles and essays in Prac Crit, PN Review, i-D and other places. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths and UEA and is working on a PhD at the University of York.
Daniela Paolucci has worked in the arts in Italy and the UK for over 15 years in a variety of roles in management, finance, tour booking, producing projects and festivals and across a range of theatre companies including the Royal National Theatre, Puppet Centre, European Cultural Foundation UK, Scarlet Theatre, Peepolykus, company of angels, Watermans Arts Centre, Pacitti Company (SPILL Festival of Performance 2007) and Montage Theatre Arts. Daniela joined Poetry London as General Manager in January 2009 with the overall responsibility for the smooth running of all Poetry London’s operational services with a particular focus on finances, funder liaison and strategic planning. She also currently works part-time for Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, as Programme Coordinator: Participation & Projects.
Jess Chandler is a freelance writer and editor, and co-founder of the independent publishing house and spoken-word record label Test Centre. She also works as a freelance researcher on factual TV and radio documentaries, specialising in history and arts programmes; and performs regularly as a cellist.
Jess Chandler is a freelance writer and editor, and co-founder of the Hackney-based independent publishing house and spoken-word record label Test Centre. She also works as an editor at Reaktion Books.
Jess joined Poetry London in February 2015 in the newly-created role of Digital Editor. She is responsible for the magazine’s website and digital content, social media, marketing, sales and listings.
Martin Parker was born in North Nottinghamshire and studied photography at Napier University, Edinburgh. He moved to London in 1997 and completed his MA (Fine Art) at Central Saint Martins, London. His work has been exhibited in Sheffield, Edinburgh, London and Poznan, Poland, including solo shows, and he has curated a number of international and UK exhibitions. He has worked as a graphic designer since 1997 and specializes in education and the arts. His clients include: Tate Modern, Terra Incognita, Refugee Council, The Poetry Society, The Poetry School, Enitharmon Press, Hearing Eye, Lambeth Archive, Norwood, Middlesex University, Social Spider, and the Zoological Society of London. He is co-editor of Brittle Star magazine for new writers and plays in a band called Friends (since 1990). He joined Poetry London in 2000. For more information go to www.silbercow.co.uk.
Cristina Calò earned a joint MA in Literary and Specialized Translation from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the University of Parma (Italy) in April 2016. Her main interests as a graduate student lay in translation theories and contemporary English poetry, which she brought together in her two theses on John Hegley’s My Dog is a Carrot’s own tentative translation and on Simon Armitage’s poetics and Italian reception.
She joined Poetry London in November 2016, where she is responsible for administration and book-keeping, and is the first point of contact for general queries.
She has previously worked as a freelance translator and as a German and English teacher back in Italy, and currently spends all of her free time reading and evaluating foreign books for the Italian publisher Giunti.