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Oxfam's Back To School Poetry Event October 12!


BACK TO SCHOOL – FIVE POETS FOR OXFAM!
SPONSORED BY THE KINGSTON WRITING SCHOOL
HOSTED BY TODD SWIFT

OXFAM BOOKS AND MUSIC
91 MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET
LONDON W1
CLOSEST TUBES BAKER STREET, BOND STREET

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2011
7PM START TIME
ADMISSION £5/ £3 CONCESSION
ALL PROCEEDS TO OXFAM, REGISTERED CHARITY

KHIN AUNG AYE – BURMA (Translated by JAMES BYRNE)
TODD COLBY – USA
ANNIE FREUD - UK
ILYA KAMINSKY – USA
MIKE LOVEDAY – UK (Launching his debut pamphlet)

Khin Aung Aye is one of the leading Burmese poets of his generation.  His work is translated into English by poet and editor James Byrne.

Todd Colby has published four books of poetry: Ripsnort, CushRiot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Writings, and Tremble & Shine, all published by Soft Skull Press.  He was also the editor of the poetry anthology Heights of the Marvelous: A New York Anthology (St. Martin’s Press).  He was the lead singer for the critically-acclaimed band Drunken Boat. Colby serves on the Board of Directors for The Poetry Project, where he teaches poetry workshops.

Annie Freud is the daughter of painter Lucian Freud, and the great granddaughter of Sigmund Freud. She saw her father regularly throughout her childhood and he painted many portraits of her. Since 1975, she has worked intermittently as a tapestry artist and embroiderer.   Her first full collection from Picador ,The Best Man Who Ever Was was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2007.  Her second collection, The Mirabelles, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize earlier this year.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR and arrived in the United States in 1993 when his family was granted asylum by the American Government. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa, which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award.  He has received a Lannan Fellowship, Whiting Writers Award, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry Foundation. Kaminsky lives in San Diego where he teaches at SDSU.

Mike Loveday studied English Literature at Merton College, Oxford.  He is completing an MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University.  Loveday is editor-publisher of 14, an illustrated magazine devoted to sonnets, ghost-sonnets and stranger fourteen-line poems. His poetry and prose appears in many publications.  His debut pamphlet, He Said / She Said was published by HappenStance in July, 2011.
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smaller and smallerarticles of clothing
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