13 Jun 2013

Solidarity Park Poetry

We are all poets and editors and have created Solidarity Park Poetry. The idea is to invite as many poems from the world over. We just launched yesterday and already the poems are rolling in! People seem excited by the initiative. Our Call Out for Poems is here: http://solidaritypark.wordpress.com/category/call-out/

Please do feel free to share and peruse our site, where we have petitions, stories and indeed poetry. It would be great to get some support if you were interested in whatever way you saw fit. We do hope Derek Wall will see this. (thanks I have!)

All Best wishes,

Solidarity Park Poetry


About The Editors:

Nia Davies's poetry, reviews and articles have been published in journals and anthologies in the UK and US. Her pamphlet of poems Then Spree was published by Salt in November 2012. She co-edits Poems in Which with Amy Key and works on communications and projects for Literature Across Frontiers and Cyfnewidfa Len Cymru / Wales Literature Exchange.

http://niadavies.wordpress.com/ http://poemsinwhich.wordpress.com/ www.lit-across-frontiers.org/ www.waleslitexchange.org/


Sophie Mayer is a writer, editor and educator. Recent projects include co-editing Fit For Work: Poets against ATOS which won the Morning Star award for protest in poetry and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot for English PEN which won the Saboteur Award, and its Russian translation companion on Radio Free Europe. She teaches Free Speech & Literature classes for EnglishPEN & Bishopsgate Insitute. She has just started a one-year residency as Poet In Residence at Archive of The Now.





Sascha Aurora Akhtar

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Sascha Akhtar was born and educated in Pakistan and the U.S. She has a B.A in Liberal Arts from Bennington College where she studied writing, photography, filmmaking and multi-media installation art. In 2003, she was awarded a fellowship to attend the MFA Creative Writing Programme at UMass Amherst. Her debut poetry collectionThe Grimoire of Grimalkin is available on Salt Publishing.

In 2012, her work appeared in various anthologies, includingVallum in Canada andCatechism –Poems for Pussy Riot sponsored by ENGLISH PEN. She also performed at thePoetry International Festival in Rotterdam.

Her fiction has appeared inTears in the Fence magazine and is forthcoming in The Critical Muslim. She also works as a literary reviewer and arts journalist. Past appearances include the Avantegarde festival in Germany and the DSC South Asian festival of literature in the UK. Her work is included in the Shearsman anthology on UK women's poetries, ‘Infinite Difference’.

Sascha Akhtar’s poetry has been translated into Dutch, Russian, Armenian, Gaelican, Portuguese and most recently, Polish.



On-line press, Reviews:

Interview: http://idontcallmyselfapoet.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/sascha-aurora-akhtar/

SAkhtar named as one of the top twelve to watch in the Guardian (UK) article, Anne-Marie Fyfe on the New Poetry Scene "The New Beats":






DSC South Asian Festival:


Anthologies and Publications:

Infinite Difference anthology on Shearsman MARCH 2010


‘Sama Ghazal Salaam UK:Poetry and Lyrics Influenced by the Persian, Arabian and Islamic Sufi Writing Traditions" June 2009

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