Moving and unflinchingly honest poems from three different cultures about experiences of the female body, the family, sexual politics and conflict
Malika Booker (Author)
Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her pamphlet, Breadfruit, was published by flipped eye in 2007, and her Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winning collection, Pepper Seed, followed in 2013 from Peepal Tree. She has written for the stage and radio. She was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sharon Olds (Author)
Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000 and currently teaches at New York University. She has been involved with outreach writing workshops at hospitals for the physically challenged and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last collection, Stag's Leap, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Warsan Shire (Author)
Warsan Shire was born in Kenya to Somali parents and raised in London. Her pamphlets are Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011) and Her Blue Body (2015); her first collection, Extreme Girlhood, is forthcoming in late 2016. In 2013, she became the first Young Poet Laureate for London. In 2016, she provided the poetry and film adaptation for Beyonce's visual album Lemonade.
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