notes on issue 5 contributors
Jill Abram is director of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. She grew up in Manchester, travelled the world and now lives in Brixton. She describes herself as Jewish (emphasis on the second syllable). Publications include The Rialto, Magma, and Under The Radar. Jill produces and presents a variety of poetry events including the Stablemates series of poetry and conversation. Aishvarya Arora is a queer, south Asian American poet who has made homes in Queens, NY, Boston, MA and Delhi, India, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She studied English at Tufts University and was awarded the Morton N. Cohen Creative Writing Award. She speaks Hindi and English, and is still learning the mysterious ways her family communicates without words. Dean Atta was named one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. His debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award, and is currently shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize. Jiaqi Kang (亢嘉琪), from Switzerland, is the founding editor-in-chief of Sine Theta Magazine, an international, print-based creative arts magazine for the Sino diaspora. Ophira Gottlieb has lived in the UK since the age of four. Her parents are Lebanese and Israeli and she speaks Hebrew and English. She writes in both languages, and often translates Hebrew poetry into English. Laia Sales Merino is a poet from the Catalan Pyrenees. Her work can be found in Ambit, Anthropocene, I’ll Show you Mine Journal and the UEA 2019 Poetry Anthology, among others. ER de Siqueira is a queer latino poet originally from Brazil. He read English at UFMG, and is currently pursuing an MA in Literature. Poetry works have appeared/are forthcoming in Mein schwules auge – My Gay Eye – Berlin Edition, Magma, Hawai’i Review, Tenebrae: a Journal of Poetics, and others. Paul Stephenson has three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme and has an MA from the Manchester Writing School. He co-edited Magma (issue 70 ‘Europe’) and co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh. Paul interviews poets at paulstep.com. Piero Toto (he/him) is an Italian translator/lecturer, LGBTQ scholar and house music enthusiast based in London. Writing under the influence, amongst others, of TS Eliot, Pedro Salinas and the godfathers of House. Other major (non-poetic) influences: Yves Klein, Derek Jarman’s Blue, Mr. Fingers’ Can You Feel It (Vocal) and Laura Palmer’s death in Twin Peaks. Michaël Vidon is French and lives in Sussex. He works in schools to promote language learning, creative writing, multilingualism and self-esteem. He has a passion for language and the space between meanings. Jinhao Xie writes poems and is the inaugural champion of Asia House Poetry slam 2018. Their poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Gutter and SLAM!, an anthology of spoken words poetry edited by Nikita Gill.