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Sandra Bland street art, Soho, New York City

Sandra Bland street art, Soho, New York City

If you would like to know what I have been doing for the last month, look no further than this photograph of my desk. I have just started my practice-based PhD in Poetry at the University of Ulster, which means I pile stuff up on my desk and hope that some day it will add to up make a huge amount of groundbreaking sense! 

I did manage to go on holiday before my desk turned to that state. I spent some time in New York and Philadelphia. I went on a tour of Edgar Allen Poe's house in Philly, and spent hours at the Strand Bookshop in NYC. I also got a fantastic parcel from my former-supervisor and friend, Dale Smith, that arrived right before I left. Dale, Hoa Nguyen, and Michael Cavuto are publishing a really cool quarterly poetry newsletter called Slow Poetry in America. The pamphlets are beautiful and give a fantastic sampler of very talented poets. The pictured pamphlets feature Kim Dorman, and Marion Bell. I was also treated to two of Dale's poetry books, both perfect in content and presentation. 

This week brings the much-awaited launch of Canthius in Toronto, a Canadian journal that I am thrilled to be featured in. The editors have put in gigantic amounts of work and I know the journal is going to be a triumph! It is a stretch for me to get to Toronto this week but anyone living a little closer should stop in to the Likely General for the launch party on Saturday, 26 September 2015.

We are currently putting the finishing touches to my debut pamphlet I Am Where due out in November with Eyewear Publishing. Keep an eye out for details of the launch, which I will be posting soon.