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.
Dai George is a poet, critic and editor from Cardiff. His first collection, The Claims Office (Seren, 2013), was an Evening Standard book of the year, and his poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies such as Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Guardian Online, The White Review and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. Since 2014 he has edited the online poetry journal Prac Crit with its founding editor Sarah Howe and Vidyan Ravinthiran. He is currently completing a PhD on twentieth-century poetry and syntax at University College London, where he also teaches.
Martha Sprackland is editor at Offord Road Books and a founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante. She was previously assistant poetry editor at Faber, and before that was co-founder of Cake poetry magazine. Her own poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry London, Poetry Review and many other places, and she writes a regular poetry and fiction review column for Five Dials. A pamphlet, Glass As Broken Glass, was published by Rack Press in 2017, and a non-fiction book on sharks is forthcoming. She is a poet-in-residence for Caught by the River.
Ellen McAteer joined Poetry London as General Manager in Spring 2018. She is a poet and songwriter, the founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and on the Editorial Board of Gutter magazine. She is also promoter with Martello music in Suffolk. Her poetry pamphlet Honesty Mirror won First Prize in The New Writer Magazine. She won the 2017 Waterstones’ Norwich Refugee Week Poetry Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Baker Prize. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC competition and was used in a TV advert. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. She has been a visiting lecturer on the MRes in Creative Practices at the Glasgow School of Art and on the University of Oxford Creative Writing MSt. She Directed the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival for 2015, and has been involved with its evolution, Poetry in Aldeburgh, for the past two years. She was a Stanza Commissioned Poet for 2016.
Erika Niesner is an editor and multimedia producer with 20 years’ experience in publishing as a copy-editor, sub-editor, clinical editor, script writer and producer of motion graphics. She studied literature and behavioural science at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and professional writing and editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1999 she left Australia for London, and began a career in medical publishing. Following web design studies at Birkbeck, University of London, she has developed sites and produced a portfolio of infographics and animations for medical and arts-heritage publishers, linking her interests in art and science.
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.
Hadiru Mahdi joined Poetry London as Administrator in Autumn 2017. He is a writer performer and visual artist. As a member of the Boy’s Don’t performance poetry theatre production with Papertales and the Half Moon theatre he delivers plays and workshops for young audiences. His art collective Vulpes Vulpes has been active since 2009, in that time moving from running a gallery and project space supporting emerging artist, to making work as an artist group. He writes poetry, prose and music, performing also as Brother Portrait. With a background in Economics and International Development he as previously held a number of positions in think tanks and NGOs including the Bretton Woods Project and Jubilee Debt Campaign’s Economic Justice Project.