Poets in this Issue
Beverley Bie Brahic is a Paris-based translator and poet. The author of four collections of poetry, including the 2012 Forward Prize finalist White Sheets, she has translated works by Charles Baudelaire, Yves Bonnefoy, Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. In 2009 her translation of Francis Ponge was a Popescu Prize finalist; in 2012 she won the prestigious Scott Moncrieff Prize for Guillaume Apollinaire, The Little Auto.
Jonathan Davidson is a poet, writer and literature activist. He lives in the English Midlands but works internationally. His poetry has been widely published and he has also written a memoir and criticism. His radio dramas and adaptations have been broadcast by BBC Radios 3 and 4. Much of his work is focused on how writing – especially poetry – is experienced by readers and listeners. His latest poetry collection is A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop, 2020). www.jonathandavidson.net.
Stephen Romer’s published five collections of poetry, the first three with Oxford University Press: Idols (1986), Plato’s Ladder (1992) and Tribute (1998); the next two, Yellow Studio (2008) and Set Thy Love in Order: New and Selected Poems (2017), with Carcanet Press. He is also the editor of the Faber anthology Twentieth-Century French Poems (2002). Poems of his were included in the Carcanet Oxford Poets anthology (2001), and a book of his selected poems in French translation, Tribut, appeared in 2007. A bilingual selection, Le Fauteuil jaune, was published by Le Bruit du temps in 2021. Romer was born in Hertfordshire and educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He has lived in France since 1981, first in Paris, and since 1991 in the Loire Valley. He teaches at Tours University and Oxford.
Medha Singh is a poet, translator, and editor. She is the editor of Berfrois. Her first book, titled Ecdysis appeared in 2017 (Poetrywala); her second book, I Will Bring My Time: Love Letters by S. H. Raza (Vadehra Art Gallery, 2020) is a collection of love letters she translated from the French of Indian modernist painter Sayed Haider Raza. Her work has appeared in numerous prestigious journals including Almost Island, Indian Quarterly, The Bombay Literary Magazine, and Poetry at Sangam, as well as anthologies, such as Singing in the Dark (Penguin, 2020), The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Hachette, 2021), Contemporary Indian Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi, 2020), and Best Indian Poetry 2018 (RLFPA editions). She is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.
Joseph Thomas is a poet, editor, and scholar of American poetry and children’s literature. He directs the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at San Diego State University, where he is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature. In addition to co-editing Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards (Routledge, 2016) and All of a Kind: Remembering June Cummins (Cats in the Basement, 2020), Thomas has published numerous essays, a handful of poems, and two books, Poetry’s Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children’s Poetry (Wayne State UP, 2007), the first book-length study of American children’s poetry, and Strong Measures (Make Now, 2007), a collection of procedural and constraint-based poems. He can be found on Twitter @josephsdsu.
Dunstan Ward has published two collections of poetry, Beyond Puketapu (2015) and At This Distance (2019), with a third forthcoming. He retired in 2007 as Professor of English at the University of London Institute in Paris, and now teaches at the Paris centre of Columbia University. With Beryl Graves he edited the three-volume Carcanet edition of Robert Graves’s Complete Poems (1995–99), and the subsequent Penguin Classics edition (2003). He was president of the Robert Graves Society 2000–2010, and editor of the society’s journal, and remains a member of its editorial board and associate editor of the Poetry Section.