S.A. Leavesley (Sarah James) is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer, as well as V. Press's main editor. Overton Poetry Prize winner 2015, she is author of four poetry collections, three poetry pamphlets, a touring poetry-play and two novellas. Her poetry has won or been shortlisted for many prizes, with individual poems published by the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Her poetry has featured on the BBC, in poetryfilms and on radio. Shortlisted in the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 15/16, she's also a widely published flash, essay and CNF writer. Sarah was longlisted for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017 memoir prize and longlisted in New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection. She reviews for Riggwelter, as well as micro-reviews and 'In the Booklight' author interviews on her own website.
Her books include: Always Another Twist (Mantle Lane Press, 2018), novella; How to Grow Matches (Against The Grain Press, 2018), poetry pamphlet, shortlisted in International Rubery Book Awards 2018; Kaleidoscope (Mantle Lane Press, 2017), novella; Lampshades & Glass Rivers (Loughborough: Lamplight Press, 2016), poetry pamphlet, winner of the Overton Poetry Prize 2015; plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press, 2015), poetry collection, shortlisted in International Rubery Book Awards 2016; The Magnetic Diaries (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2015), poetry collection, highly commended in Forward Prizes, poetry-play version toured by Reaction Theatre Makers and a 'Highly Recommended Show’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016; Hearth, with Angela Topping (Mother's Milk Books, 2015), Poetry Book Society Autumn Pamphlet; Be[yond] (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2013); Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010), third prize in multi-genre International Rubery Book Awards 2011.
Instagram: s.a.leavesley Twitter: @Sarah_James Website: www.sarah-james.co.uk
Ruth Stacey is a poet, academic and illustrator based in Worcestershire. Her recent poetry collection, Inheritance, won best collaborative work in the Saboteur Awards 2018. Her collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress, was described by Fiona Sampson as, '…an astonishing debut…a beautiful and dreamlike collection.' Alison Weir said, 'the poems are exceptional…every line is a joy!' Ruth has a pamphlet, How to Wear Grunge, coming soon from Knives, Forks & Spoons press, and a full-length collection forthcoming with V. Press. She is currently working on a memoir in poems about Pamela Colman Smith as part of her PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, and teaches creative writing and literature at Worcester University. Ruth is also a guest editor for an exciting new V. Press initiative.
Twitter: @mermaidsdrown Instagram: ruth_stacey Website: ruthstacey.com
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Carrie Etter grew up in Normal, Illinois, spent thirteen years in southern California, and moved to England in 2001. Her fourth collection of poetry, The Weather in Normal (US: Station Hill; UK: Seren), will be published in autumn 2018; her individual poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Statesman, The New Republic, and many other journals in the US and UK. Her V. Press pamphlet, Hometown, is her first collection of fiction. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also teaches for The Poetry School and Poetry Swindon. She is guest editor of Natalie Linh Bolderston's 'The Protection of Ghosts' forthcoming with V. Press.
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Mary-Jane Holmes has lived and worked as a teacher, editor and translator in many places including Spain, France and Switzerland. Since 2009, she’s been chief editor of Fish Publishing, Ireland. She is creative director at the Casa-Ana writing retreat in southern Spain and editorial consultant at The Well Review. Her debut poetry collection, Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass, is published by Pindrop Press. Irish Poet Dave Lordan has described her as "perhaps the most convincingly rural and at the same time convincingly contemporary English poet since Ted Hughes". Winner of the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, the Bedford International Poetry Prize and the 2014 Dromineer Fiction Prize, her other publication credits include Mslexia, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, The Tishman Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2018. She has a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford (with distinction). She is guest editor of Jinny Fisher's 'The Escapologist' forthcoming with V. Press.Website: www.mary-janeholmes.com
Based in the West Midlands but publishing authors from across the U.K., V. Press is very grateful for invaluable support and advice from literature development agency Writing West Midlands. Also to Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press for her encouragement and publishing insights.
V. Press is very very delighted to be working with a University of Birmingham Post-Graduate Cultural Intern in partnership with Writing West Midlands from October 2018-February 2019.
Kibriya Mehrban is a recent graduate of English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham and is working with V. Press as part of her internship with Writing West Midlands. She loves poetry in all its forms and looks forward to working with V. Press and contributing to their continued success. Kibriya’s poetry featured in the anthology This is Not Your Final Form (Emma Press, 2017) and she has also written for the Apples and Snakes website.