What we read now: the poetics of longing

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A poetry reading on the poetics of longing, featuring the works of Mary Jean Chan, Zeina Hashem Beck and Nina Mingya Powles

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zeina hashem beck: a Lebanese poet now based in Dubai. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, There Was and How Much There Was, was a 2016 Laureate's Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her poems have appeared in many international magazines, including POETRY, The Rialto, Poetry London , Ambit, Ploughshares and World Literature Today.

mary jean chan: author of Flèche (Faber & Faber, 2019). Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize, Jhalak Prize and the 2020 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize. In Spring 2020, she served with Will Harris as guest co-editors of The Poetry Review. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan is Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University and lives in London.

nina mingya powles: Forward-shortlisted poet and zinemaker who is half Malaysian-Chinese. She is the author of a food memoir, Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai (The Emma Press, 2020), and author of Magnolia, 木蘭, a PBS recommendation and shortlisted for the Forward Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection 2020. In 2018 she was one of three winners of the inaugural Women Poets' Prize, and in 2019 won the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing. She is the founding editor of Bitter Melon苦瓜, a risograph press that publishes limited-edition poetry pamphlets by Asian writers.

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