SHE HOWLS GUEST POETS
These are all the brilliant Guest Poets who have headlined the She Howls Online Open Mics. Massive thanks and gratitude to them all for sharing their poetic souls, words, time and energy to inspire and uplift others.
VIK BENNETT (NOVEMBER 2018)
Victoria Bennett is an award-winning poet, creative activist and full time home educating Wild Mama to her son, Django. Originating from the borderlands below Scotland, she is the Founder of Wild Women Press and Blissfool Books, and has spent the last quarter of a century instigating creative experiences in her community, including the Wild Women Salons. Her poetry has appeared in print, online and even in the popular video game, Minecraft. She has published 4 collections and performed live across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to a Franciscan Convent. Most recently, she has been part of the award winning #MeToo - A Women’s Poetry Anthology.
“…Victoria Bennett’s poetry can only deepen with repeated readings. Her themes of personal loss and passionate love resonate universally, along with her message of acceptance and renewal…”
Vik’s website: www.wildwomenpress.com
Find Vik on Twitter @wildwomanpress
SASCHA AURORA AKHTAR (SEPTEMBER 2018)
Sascha Aurora Akhtar, is a trans-race, multi-dimensional, sub rosa poeto/story-bot. She was patented in Pakistan. Had upgrades in pre- 9/11 U.S.A. Was released onto shelves in the U.K. Her roboto-poetics have been widely anthologised and translated into Armenian, Portuguese, Galician, Russian, Dutch and Polish. Anthologies include Cathecism: Poems for Pussy Riot (2012) and the second Out of Everywhere (Reality Street, 2015).
She has also been part of other poetry protests – Against Rape (Peony Moon, 2014), Solidarity Park Poetry – Poems for the Turkish resistance which she was the Editor and Founder of (Ed. 2013). Her second poetry collection 199 Japanese Names for Japanese Trees (Shearsman UK, 2016), follows on from The Grimoire of Grimalkin (SALT UK, 2007), which was called a "Contemporary masterpiece". Her fiction has appeared in BlazeVox, Tears In The Fence & Storgy. Women:Poetry:Migration, an anthology (Theenk Books: Edited by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa) was published in 2018 with poems from A Year In Clouds. Sascha has performed internationally at festivals such as the Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, Avantgarde Festival, Hamburg and Southbank Centre's MELTDOWN festival, London curated by Yoko Ono.She has a book of translations of pioneering feminist fiction writer Hijjab Imtiaz coming out later this year on Oxford University Press, an Art/object book of poems with drawings on ZimZalla entitled Only Dying Sparkles and is awaiting news of a pamphlet to be published possibly this year too. She also works as a freelance editor and Healer/ Wellness Facilitator using therapeutic meditation practices.
JHILMIL BRECKENRIDGE (JULY 2018)
I am delighted to announce the phenomenal Jhilmil Breckenridge as July's She Howls OPEN MIC Guest Poet.
Jhilmil Breckenridge is the Founder of Bhor Foundation, an Indian charity, which is active in mental health advocacy. She advocates Poetry as Therapy and is working on a few initiatives to take this into prisons and asylums. Jhilmil is currently working on a PhD in the UK and lives in the North West of England in Preston, Lancashire. Her debut poetry collection, Reclamation Song, was published in May 2018. She tweets at @jhilmilspirit.
You can find Jhilmil's debut poetry book here. (NOT an affiliate link)
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MEL PERRY (June 2018)
Mel Perry is a poet and writing practitioner from West Wales. She is inspired by a range of interests in the natural and built landscape, alongside the people she meets on her travels. Her first poetry collection, Rum Dark Nights, was published in 2017 by Three Throated Press and it takes the reader from Mel’s home country to encounters in Ireland. Her second collection Sound the Hollow/Det haligas ljud published by Magnus Grehn Förlag in 2018 is bilingual, and delves further in to her experiences of Sweden. In addition to writing, Mel is a regular spoken word performer. She is a Co-Director of write4word, and Co-Producer of Kultivera’s Young Writers Lab which aims to enthuse young people in Jönköping region with creative and literary interests. Mel is currently studying the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes through the Metanoia Institute in the UK.