Poets in Residence
Introducing our 2020 poets in residence
Introducing our 2020 poets in residence
February 2020 Poet in Residence
Anna Selby is a poet and naturalist. Her poetry often explores our relationship with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with conservationists, dancers and choreographers, writes poetic studies of different species in the field, directly from life, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment. She is doing a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University on Empathy and Deep Ecology through plein air poetry.
April 2020 Poet in Residence
Rommi Smith is an award-winning poet, playwright, theatre-maker, performer and librettist. Winner of numerous prestigious residencies and commissions for institutions ranging from the British Council to the BBC, she is a three-time BBC writer-in-residence. Rommi’s writing is broadcast on programmes and stations, including: POETRY PLEASE, THE VERB, IN TUNE, WOMAN’S HOUR, LATE JUNCTION, BBC WORLD SERVICE and Melvyn Bragg’s acclaimed BBC series THE MATTER OF THE NORTH.
She is the inaugural British Parliamentary Writer in Residence and inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Keats’ House, Hampstead. Her writing is published by BLOODAXE, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS, SEREN, SHOESTRING PRESS, ROUTE, OBERON MODERN PLAYS and PEEPAL TREE PRESS, among others. In 2018, she founded her own production company and press: 125TH& MIDNIGHT.
Rommi is finalising her practice-led PhD; a re-reading of the classic Black blues and Jazz women. A Visiting Scholar at City University New York (CUNY), she has presented her work at institutions including: THE SEGAL THEATRE, THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE and CITY COLLEGE NEW YORK. Rommi’s performance at THE SCHWERNER WRITERS’ SERIES in New York was at the invitation of Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry. Her academic writing was first published by NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS as part of the groundbreaking book IMAGINING QUEER METHODS (2019).
Rommi is collaborating with composer and British Baritone Roderick Williams, on a new work for the British Soprano, Carolyn Sampson. The piece will be premiered at the AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC in July 2020.
Shortlisted for a SOUTHBANK SHOW AWARD, Rommi’s plays have been performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Afternoon Drama series and produced by theatre companies from Paines Plough to Pentabus. She is recipient of a Hedgebrook Fellowship (USA) and was selected a winner of THE NORTHERN WRITERS’ PRIZE for Poetry, 2019 (chosen by the poet Don Paterson).
May 2020 Poet in Residence
Suji Kwock Kim is author of NOTES FROM THE DIVIDED COUNTRY, which won the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (selected by Charles Simic), the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa), the Whiting Writers’ Award (selected by Carolyn Forche), the Bay Area Book Reviewers/ Northern California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Griffin International Prize; PRIVATE PROPERTY, a multimedia play performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; NOTES FROM THE NORTH, a chapbook which won the International Book & Pamphlet Competition (Smith/ Doorstop, 2020); and DISORIENT, which is forthcoming. Her work appears in THE GUARDIAN, THE NEW STATESMAN, POETRY REVIEW, POETRY LONDON, LONDON MAGAZINE, and THE NORTH in the U.K., THE IRISH EXAMINER, THE WELL REVIEW, and SOUTHWORD in Ireland, and BEST AMERICAN POETRY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, SLATE, THE NATION, THE NEW REPUBLIC, POETRY, PARIS REVIEW, and the Academy of American Poets’ POEM-A-DAY in the U.S. It has been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, recorded for BBC-TV, BBC Radio, U.S. National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Genoa and Radio Free Amsterdam, and translated into Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Korean, Japanese, Bengali and Arabic.