• The Poetry Extension. Bringing poets and dancers from Canada, the UK, Ireland, and the US together, one face-melting gig at a time. Our second event is online-only, and FREE. Join us here from 8am (Toronto Daylight Savings Time) / 1pm (British Summer Time) on Wednesday August 31st, 2016 for live streaming of the event. We welcome all the megawatt poets below. (Photo courtesy modernmechanix.com)
  • Founder/Curator - Natalya Anderson is a writer and former ballet dancer from Toronto, Canada. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, and a Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. She won the 2014 Bridport Prize for her poem, 'Clear Recent History', and the poem was also highly commended at the 2015 Forward Prizes. Her poetry has appeared in or is due to appear in Poetry London, The Moth, The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, the 2015 Poetry Prize Anthology by Live Canon, and other publications. Natalya founded The Poetry Extension in the hopes that poets and dancers from different countries might open their networks and be more supportive of each other's projects.
  • Join us here from 8am (Toronto Daylight Savings Time) on Wedndesday August 31st, 2016 for live streaming of our second event.
  • Salena Godden is one of Britain's foremost spoken word artists. She's a regular guest on BBC Radio and has written and produced several arts documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Burning Eye Books published her first full collection Fishing In The Aftermath: Poems 1994 - 2014 marking twenty years of poetry and performance. Her memoir Springfield Road was published with Unbound Books in 2014.
  • Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer​, working both in Irish and English​. She was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2015. Her third book Clasp was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Award 2016 and won the Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry.
  • Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. He received his PhD from Brunel University in 2015, where he now occasionally teaches. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poetry, Poetry London, Oxford Poetry and Best British Poetry 2013. His pocketbook, Beloved, in case you’ve been wondering, was published by Donut Press in 2011. He co-edits online journal Poems in Which. Alarum, his first full-length collection, will be published by Bloodaxe in 2017.
  • Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.
  • Jennifer L. Knox latest book of poems, Days of Shame and Failure, is available on Bloof Books. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series as well as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and McSweeney's. Jennifer was born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle. She currently teaches at Iowa State University
  • Kathryn Maris is originally from New York and has lived in London since 1999. Her books include God Loves You (Seren, 2013) and The Book of Jobs (Four Way Books, 2006).
  • Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.