We are really pleased that the Editor’s Choice Poem for November/December will be chosen by Anne Caldwell.
Anne grew up in the north-west of England and has been a keen reader all her life. Her poetry has been published in a range of anthologies (in the UK and internationally) as well as in many British magazines including Writing Women, The North, Poetry Wales and Quattrocento. She finished an MA in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007, and performs all over the UK. She won an award to attend the Wired Writing Programme at The Banff Centre in Canada in 2008 and published a pamphlet called Slug Language with Happenstance. She lectured in creative writing at The University of Bolton, and also worked for NAWE, The National Association for Writers in Education (www.nawe.co.uk) as their Programme Director. She is currently undertaking a PhD in prose poetry. Her latest book Painting the Spiral Staircase was published by Cinnamon Press in Spring 2016. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Rialto pamphlet competition for a collection of prose poems, some of which have been anthologised in three collections in Australia.
‘Many of her poems explore the tensions between the domestic and the wild, the down to earth and the dark recesses of the imagination. Talking to The Dead leaves me with the sense of touch – skin to skin – and the image of a woman not drowning but transmuting, into something rich and strange‘ – Amanda Dalton.