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nick-e melville makes various found and visual poems. he is doing a PhD in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.

SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, martial artist & vanguardist. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published six collections of poetry and been commissioned by the Tate, Highlight Arts, Mercy, Penned in the Margins and the London Sinfonietta. He is currently in residence at the Wellcome Trust, has been translated into 13 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico city to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine and is the curator of the Enemies project.

Colin Herd was born in Stirling in 1985 and now lives in Edinburgh. His first collection of poems “too ok” was published by BlazeVOX in 2011. A pamphlet, “like”, was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in 2011 and a second full-length collection “Glovebox”, was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2013. He has published over 60 reviews and articles on art and literature in publications including Aesthetica Magazine, 3:AM Magazine, PN:Review and The Independent.  In 2014, the poem ‘rug design’ was highly commended in the Forward Prizes.

Ryan Van Winkle is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and The Australian Book Review.  His second collection is due out in 2015 from Penned in the Margins.

Ross Sutherland was born in Edinburgh in 1979. He began performing poetry aged 17, as support for punk-poet John Cooper Clarke. His first collection, Things To Do Before You Leave Town (Penned in the Margins, 2009), was followed by a second Emergency Window (Penned in the Margins, 2012). A former lecturer in electronic literature and a self-confessed video game geek, he has completed a thesis on computer-generated poetry and writes univocalisms – poems written using only one vowel.





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Jim Carruth is the current Glasgow Poet Laureate.  He has had six well-received pamphlet collections of poetry since Bovine Pastoral in 2004. He has won both the James McCash poetry competition and McLellan poetry prize and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2009.

Hazel Frew was born in 1968 and grew up in Broughty Ferry on the east coast of Scotland. She graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1991 and her poems have been widely published in magazines including Orbis, The Rialto, Painted, spoken and New Writing Scotland. Her pamphlets Clockwork Scorpion and Minim were published by Rack Press and Seahorses was her first full length collection with Shearsman Books. She lives in the west end of Glasgow.

Ellen McAteer is Director of The Poetry Trust, and is the founder of tell it slant. She was a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and sings with the band Stone Tape. Her poetry collection Honesty Mirror won First Prize in the New Writer Magazine annual prizes for 2013. Her song Blue Valentine won a BBC radio competition, and has been used in a TV advert. She was previously a member of Donny O’Rourke‘s poetry group, and a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Mark Russell’s pamphlet Pursued by Well-being is published by tall-lighthouse. He has poetry in Gutter, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Frogmore Papers, Under the Radar, and Antiphon. The poems in fourfold 4 are part of a new project, Undo All The Edits. Other poems from this project have appeared in Molly Bloom, Shadowtrain, Tears in the Fence and Otoliths.




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William Bonar has published a pamphlet, Frostburn Steel, with Dreadful Night Press and his poem, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, originally published in Gutter 06, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s online anthology Best Scottish Poems of 2012. He is this year’s recipient of the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014 and his winning pamphlet will be published by Red Squirrel Press in Spring 2015.

Vicki Husband has had poetry published in magazines such as Gutter, The North, Northwords Now, The Rialto, Iota and Magma. She runs a poetry book group in Glasgow, which anyone is welcome along to.

Richie McCaffery is the author of two pamphlets (‘Spinning Plates’ from HappenStance Press and the 2014 Callum Macdonald Memorial prize runner up, ‘Ballast Flint’) and the recently published collection ‘Cairn’ from Nine Arches Press. He is a PhD candidate as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Glasgow’s Scottish Literature Department.

Em Strang has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, and is currently seeking a publisher for a first collection of poems, Habitude. She teaches Creative Writing at Dumfries prison and is tutoring on the MLitt in Environment, Culture & Communication at the University of Glasgow (Dumfries). She is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2014 and is poetry editor for the Dark Mountain Project.




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Juana Adcock is a writer and translator working in English, Spanish and Spanglish. Her first poetry collection, Manca, was published early 2014 in Mexico.

Christie Williamson‘s pamphlet ‘Arc o Möns’ was published by Hansel Co-operative press in 2009, and was co-recipient of the Calum MacDonald Memorial Award.  His first collection, “Oo an Feddirs” is expected from Luath this year.

Kate Tough‘s fiction and poetry appears regularly in anthologies and exhibitions. She holds the Scottish Emerging Writer residency at Cove Park for 2014. Kate received a Creative Scotland Professional Development Award to work on experimental poetry in 2013 and is curious to see how that work evolves at Cove Park. Glasgow’s regular event, Poetry@The Ivory, is co-run by Kate, with support from the Scottish Book Trust. Her novel, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking, is out in summer 2014 with Cargo Publishing. It was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary in 2009.  

Alexander Hutchison lives in Glasgow, and writes in Scots and English. Recent collections are Scales Dog: Poems New and Selected (Salt, 2007) and Bones & Breath (Salt, 2013). His first book Deep-Tap Tree (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978) is still in print.



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Carlos Blackburn was born in New York City and lives in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife, where he works as a physiotherapist. His publications, in addition to poems in various journals, include Portraits (Shearsman Books ebook) and The Selected Poems of Hamster (Ugly Duckling Presse, in print and online).

Gerry Loose is a poet, writer (and land-artist) who works primarily with subjects from the natural world, as well as the world of geo-politics. His work is often to be found inscribed on wood and stone in natural landscapes, Parks and Botanic Gardens as well as on the page. Among his most recent publications are Printed on Water, New and Selected Poems (Shearsman Books) and that person himself (Shearsman Books). His awards include: Creative Scotland Award, Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, Kooneen Säätiö Award, and Hermann Kesten Award.

Kathrine Sowerby has a Masters in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art and an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University.  Her writing has been published in journals and anthologies including Gutter, 2HB, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Salzburg Review and Aesthetica. She has been a runner up in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, commended in the Wigtown Poetry Competition and received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust.

Samuel Tongue has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies including The Red Wheelbarrow, Anon 7, Northwords Now, Magma, and Gutter. He is the current holder of the Callan Gordon Award as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards (2012/13) and teaches at Glasgow University.