Jay Bernard Caroline Bird Ben Borek Siddhartha Bose Tom Chivers Swithun Cooper Alex Davies Inua Ellams Laura Forman Christopher Horton Wayne Holloway-Smith Kirsten Irving Annie Katchinska Amy Key Chris McCabe Marianne Munk Holly Pester Heather Phillipson Nick Potamitis Imogen Robertson Jacob Sam La Rose Ashna Sarkar Jon Stone Barnaby Tidman Ahren Warner James Wilkes Steve Willey
Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in South London. A writer, editor and promoter of poetry, his publications include The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009) and How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009). A winner of the inaugural Crashaw Prize, he is Associate Editor of Tears in the Fence, was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute, London, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Tom is Director of Penned in the Margins and was Co-Director of London Word Festival.
We are offered London as a test case for a new diversity of means and manner, from sassy performance scripts to the solid blocks of densely disjunctive language characterised as innovative or avant-garde. [City State proposes] a central space that is also the meeting place of many edges. - Philip Gross, Poetry London City State is [a] journey across the metropolis in rush hour: a journey that by turns bewilders, delights and throws up unpalatable truths. Though diverse, the poets featured here often seem to riff around several themes that are associated with London itself: dislocation, escapism, breathlessness. - Helen Mort, Pen Pusher