notes on issue 8 contributors

Andre Bagoo is a poet and writer from Trinidad. His essay collection on poetry and art, The Undiscovered Country, won the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction. His short story collection, The Dreaming, is due from Peepal Tree Press in 2022. Born in Manila, Philippines, writer and poet Lerah Mae Barcenilla grew up in a small province full of magic, tradition and superstition. Currently based in Birmingham, her work touches on topics of the diaspora, memory, mythology and the state of duality. She particularly enjoys breaking apart narrative structures and exploring how words exist on and outside of the page. Cheng Tim Tim is a teacher and a poet born in Hong Kong to a Hokkien family. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Offing, SAND Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, among others. She is one of the co-founding editors of EDGE: HKBU Creative Journal. She believes in music that heals and provokes. Anne Gill grew up in the UK and France to South African parents. They are a founding member of Second City Poets, a Birmingham-based collective. They have been anthologised in Dizziness of Freedom and Closed Gates or Open Arms? They were shortlisted for the Outspoken Prize for Performance Poetry 2018. Their pamphlet, Raft, was published in 2019 with Bad Betty Press. Khairani Barokka is a Minang-Javanese writer, whose work has been presented widely internationally. She’s currently Research Fellow at UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute, and Associate Artist at the UK’s National Centre for Writing. Among her honours, Okka was Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, and an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow. Her latest book is Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches Press). Nicole Lee was born in Kuala Lumpur and educated at Malvern and Oxford. She has worked as a banker in London and Hong Kong and now lives in Wandsworth, works in Kew and writes poetry. Her work has been published in various online journals and has been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. victoria mallorga hernandez is a peruvian taurus, poet, and editor. currently, she’s an associate editor at palette poetry and an mfa candidate in publishing and writing at emerson college. her work has appeared in revista lucernaplasticoperhappened, anti-heroin chicthin air, and elsewhere. she’s the author of albión (alastor editores, 2019) and her recent chapbook absolución (2020). find her on instagram and twitter as @cielosraros Zein Sa’dedin is a poet, editor, and educator from, and currently based in, Amman, Jordan. She is the founding editor-in-chief of BAHR // بحر and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews. Her work has appeared in The Shuruq Festival, Zarf Poetry, Third Coast Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, Sukoon Magazine, Jaffat el Aqlam, and others. Her pamphlet staircase will be published by ignitionpress in August 2021. Paul Stephenson has published three pamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper Swans Press, 2017). He co-curates the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival and currently lives between Cambridge and Brussels where he takes photos of doors at insta: paulstep456 / paulstep.com / @stephenson_pj Grant Tarbard lives in Basildon, Essex, home of Depeche Mode. He likes to think he’s atheist. He is the author or Rosary of Ghosts (Indigo Drams) and a new collection, dog (Gatehouse Press), will be out whenever there’s a break in plagues.