Leaping into spring with us this month at the Camden Centre is guest poet is Suzanne Cleary, who is visiting these shores on a trip from America, so we are very privileged.
Suzanne was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. Her book Beauty Mark (BkMk Press 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. It also received the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize and the Patterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her books Keeping Time (2002) and Trick Pear (2007) were published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her collection Blue Cloth was chosen by Marilyn Nelson and Robert Cording as winner of the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival chapbook competition. Suzanne’s awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and the Julia Peterkin Award of Converse College. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Poetry 180, Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. Her poems have appeared in journals including Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Georgia Review, and Poetry London.
Suzanne teaches in the Creative Writing Program of Converse College, Spartanburg, SC. She also is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Rockland. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
A real treat is clearly in store for us. Come along to enjoy Suzanne’s poetry, and bring along a poem for our Open Mic session to start off the evening with our home-grown delights!
The competition closed on 31 Jan. A big thank you and good luck to all who entered. The results will be announced in May and will be posted on this website.
This month’s welcome guest is poet Matthew Caley. His debut collection Thirst (Slow Dancer 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His other collections include The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press 2005), Apparently (Bloodaxe 2010), and Professor Glass (Donut Press 2011). Matthew has been twice commended in the National Poetry Competition and is a former Poet-in-Residence at the Poetry Society Café. His latest collection Rake was published by Bloodaxe.
Matthew Caley writes using a wide range of forms, and has been influenced by French poetry, among others. Come along to the Camden Centre for a real treat!
Our 2017 season begins with a triple bill showcase of our own members’ talent, always a popular event.
On Tuesday 17th January we have readings from Lydia Hill, John Arnold & Hilary Jenkins. They write in very different styles and have a wide variety of experience, so it should be an interesting and entertaining evening. As usual, the meeting will be held in the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells and will begin at 8pm. A good way to start a Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again already, and for our next meeting we are looking forward to our annual social event at the Camden, on Tuesday, December 20th. at 8.00pm.. There will be a poetry quiz, and a general air of festivity. Feel free to bring along some nibbles and poetry vibes.
Meanwhile, the Stanza Bonanza event organised by the Poetry Society is definitely taking place this month, beginning at 7pm. on Thursday, November 24th. The venue is St Giles in the Fields near Tottenham Court Road tube station. Entry is free. Readers from the KSPS are Graham Mummery, Jess Mookherjee, Mary Gurr, Phil Vernon, John Wright & Marjorie Caine and your support would be appreciated. There will be an open mic spot so get there early and take a poem – join in the atmosphere!
Come and join us for another exciting evening of poetry, this time from Robert Seatter. He will be reading to us in The Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday, November 15th. starting at 8 o’clock.
Robert has certainly enjoyed varied experience since leaving Oxford University, where he studied English. He has worked as an EFL teacher in Italy and France, an actor, a journalist, in publishing and broadcasting. He lives in London where he now works for the BBC, as Head of History.
Robert Seatter has this year had published The Book of Snow with Two Rivers Press. Other poetry collections include: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, all from Seren. He has won many awards and nominations for his poetry including National Poetry Competition, London Poetry, Forward Poetry Prize, Tabla, and Housman Poetry Prize.
Of his poetry collection “The Book of Snow” Robert Seatter says:
I wanted to describe the arc of a relationship through one image: snow. I then gave these snow-inspired poems to artist Jessica Palmer, who interpreted them in paper cut, collage and collograph. Fascinated by her artistic process, I wrote a parallel sequence of poems exploring the art of her interpretation. These were unified in a stark and powerful, black and white design by graphic designer Sally James. The result is, I hope, a work of connection, definition and revelation.
The Society is fortunate to be hosting a reading by the major poet, Danielle Hope, at the Camden Centre on Thursday 18 October.
Danielle Hope has published four books of poetry – City Fox, The Stone Ship, Giraffe under a Grey Sky, and newly out, Mrs Uomo’ Yearbook – all with Rockingham Press.
She is also published in a joint book of poetry and art, Fairground of Madness, also by Rockingham Press.
Her work has appeared widely in magazines and newspapers.