Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Vahni Capildeo, Andre Bagoo, and Paige Smeaton.

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Vahni Capildeo FRSL is Writer in Residence at the University of York, Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Contributing Editor for PN Review. Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, forthcoming November 2021) includes lullabies in hilly Port of Spain, and ‘stillness exercises’ recording microenvironments around British trees.

Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and writer, the author of several poetry collections including BURN and Pitch Lake. His essay collection on literature and art, The Undiscovered Country, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020. He is managing editor at Moko. Photo by Azriel Boodram.

Paige Smeaton is from Aberystwyth, Wales. Her prose poetry has been published in Blackbox Manifold, the Chicago Review, Stand, and the Cambridge Literary Review.


Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Peter Gizzi, Hannah Brooks-Motl, and Luke Roberts.

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Peter Gizzi’s recent books include Now It’s Dark (2020) and Archeophonics (2016). Also in 2020, Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems came out from Carcanet in the UK. His honours include fellowships from The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Guggenheim Foundation. He has twice been the recipient of The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge. For more info:

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Earth (Song Cave, 2019). Her work has appeared inthe Cambridge Literary Review, the Chicago Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among other places. She lives in western Massachusetts where she works as an editor for two open access scholarly presses.

Luke Roberts is the author of Glacial Decoys (Boise, ID: Free Poetry, 2021), Landscaping Under Duress (Cambridge: Equipage, 2021), and other works of poetry and prose. His edition of uncollected work by Barry MacSweeney, Desire Lines: Unselected Poems, 1966-2000, was published by Shearsman in 2018. He lives and works in London. 


Join the Cambridge Literary Review for an evening of poetry with Harry Josephine Giles, Shola von Reinhold, and Alison Rumfitt.

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Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their verse novel Deep Wheel Orcadia is coming out with Picador in October 2021. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Saltire Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. They have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. Their show Drone debuted in the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally, and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup – in the “But Is It Art?” category.

Shola von Reinhold is a writer based in Glasgow. After a number of disastrous auditions at the Bolshoi Ballet between 1903 and 1905, Shola lowered their sights and went on to complete an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. LOTE, their debut novel was published in 2020 by Jacaranda Books as part of the Twenty in 2020 initiative to publish twenty Black British writers in a year. 

Alison Rumfitt is a writer and semi-professional trans woman. Her debut pamphlet of poetry, The T(y)ranny, was a critical deconstruction of Margaret Atwood’s work through the lens of a trans woman navigating her own misogynistic dystopia. It was published by Zarf Editions in 2019. Tell Me I’m Worthless is her debut novel. Her work has appeared in countless publications such as SPORAZINE, datableed, The Final Girls, Burning House Press, SOFT CARTEL, Glass Poetry and more. Her poetry was nominated – twice! – for the Rhysling Award in 2018. You can find her on Twitter @hangsawoman and on Instagram. She loves her friends.

CLR Reading Series Announcement

We are pleased to announce the launch of the CLR Reading Series. Working alongside established writers, we are hoping to platform new voices who really shine. Each event will feature a headline reader and their nominated co-readers for an hour of poetry and fiction. A variety of tickets will be available via Eventbrite. All readings will be held online. Any proceeds from the event will be split among the readers. Keep an eye here or follow us @camlitrev on Twitter and Instagram for further updates.

Forthcoming events:

14 May @ 8pm: Harry Josephine Giles with Shola von Reinhold and Alison Rumfitt

31 May @ 2pm US/7pm UK: Peter Gizzi with Hannah Brooks-Motl and Luke Roberts

June tbc: Vahni Capildeo with Andre Bagoo and Paige Smeaton

CLR 11: Manifestos is now £5

You can now get CLR 11: Manifestos delivered within the UK for just £5 including postage. This issue from 2018 contains contemporary writing by Isabel Waidner, Sean Bonney, Nisha Ramayya, Shola von Reinhold, John Wilkinson, Drew Milne, Nick Makoha, and many others, as well as material from the archives of Audre Lorde and Jean Sénac. Check out the full contents, and buy a copy.

Read Online from Issue 12: Jesi Kelley, “Words about Dunfords”

We’re delighted to be making Jesi Kelley’s essay “Words about Dunfords, because the words in Dunfords are work” available on the website. This introduction to William Melvin Kelley’s Dunfords Travels Everywheres appears in CLR 12 alongside an extract from Dunfords, and illustrations by Aiki Kelley.

To view the full contents of CLR 12 and other material from the issue, click here.