Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works III and Jerwood Compton Poetry.
He is one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a founding member of Chill Pill and the Keats House Poets Forum.
He has had residencies in deaf and hearing schools around London, as well as Pupil Referral Units. In 2018 he was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Award by the Poetry Society (judged by Ocean Vuong).
Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of two poetry collections – Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic – and co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.
He has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Deaf Republic is a 2019 Poetry Book Society Choice and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Collection
Lisa Kelly’s first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in June.
Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII.
Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear and Bloodhound. Kelly has single-sided deafness through childhood mumps. She is also half Danish on her mother’s side.
She has been longlisted twice for the Bridport Prize, and twice for the National Poetry Competition.
For ages 16+
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