Poetry London has announced the appointment of Isabelle Baafi as its new Assistant Editor. Isabelle Baafi is a writer, poet, editor, and critic from London. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe (ignitionpress), was a winner of the 2021 Somerset Maugham Award, and was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2021. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the 2020 Bridport Prize for Poetry, and the 2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition. Her poetry and prose have been published or are forthcoming in The TLS, The Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She was also a member of the 2019-20 London Library’s Emerging Writer’s Programme, and the 2020 Griot’s Well Programme with Writerz and Scribez. In addition, Isabelle is a Ledbury Poetry Critic, an Obsidian Foundation Fellow, and a Board Member at Magma. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection.
Isabelle will be joining a team led by Poetry Editor André Naffis-Sahely and working alongside Reviews Editor Dai George, Art Editor Caleb Femi and Digital Editor Jess Chandler.
Naffis-Sahely said of Baafi’s appointment: “I am beyond pleased to welcome Isabelle to Poetry London. Her brilliance as a poet and her guest editor work at publications such as Tentacular, Poetry Wales and Magma has made it more than clear that she will bring a clear-sighted, ambitious editorial vision to complement my own at Poetry London and I could not be more excited to see her join our expanding team.”
Baafi’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for Poetry London as the magazine prepares to celebrate 33 years in print with the launch of its 100th issue on October 23 2021 at the Royal Festival Hall, an event held in collaboration with the National Poetry Library and part of the London Literature Festival.