Celebration and Launch of Emily Critchley’s Home: Thursday 25 November 2021, 8pm

Please join us for this special online poetry reading to celebrate Emily Critchley’s Home, published by Prototype earlier this year. Emily will be joined by Nuar Alsadir, Marianne Morris and Sascha Akhtar.

The event is free and open to all and will take place on Zoom.

Date: Thursday 25 November 2021

Time: 8–9pm GMT

Venue: Zoom (online)

Sascha A. Akhtar is an educator, translator, writing mentor and author. Over a span of 20 years, she has published six poetry collections. The first, The Grimoire of Grimalkin (SALT UK, 2007) was hailed ‘a contemporary masterpiece,’  (Phillip John Usher, Chair of the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture, New York University). 

Most recently, Akhtar has authored a collection of short fictions set in Pakistan entitled Of Necessity & Wanting (2020, The 87 Press). She has had the distinction of being one of a handful of Pakistani women writing in English to be published in the experimental stream of U.K. Poetries. 

Akhtar is a Poetry School London tutor and 2019 & 2020 judge for the Streetcake Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated into Armenian, Portuguese, Galician, Russian, Dutch and Polish. Her custom-made course Breaking Through Writer’s Block has been published by The Literary Consultancy, London as part of #BeingAWriter. In 2019, Poems For Eliot was named the top poem of the last five years in Poetry Wales. In this same year, Akhtar’s poetry appeared in the Blackpool illumination.

Akhtar’s translations of the work of writer Hijab Imtiaz (1908-1999), the first female pilot in the Subcontinent, will be published by Oxford University Press, India in 2022. A poem With The Faery, from the pamphlet The Whimsy Of Dank Ju-Ju has been included in English Review, a magazine for A’Level English Literature students in 2021. Akhtar is a #ACE supported artist. 

Nuar Alsadir, a writer and psychoanalyst, is the author of the forthcoming nonfiction book, Animal Joy, as well as the poetry collections Fourth Person Singular, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and More Shadow Than Bird. She lives in New York City.

Emily Critchley is the author of fourteen poetry collections including alphabet poem: for kids! (Prototype, 2020), Arrangements (Shearsman Books, 2019) and Ten Thousand Things (Boiler House Press, 2018). She is the editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016) and co-editor of #MeToo: A Poetry Collective (Chicago Review, Summer 2018). Critchley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich. She lives with her daughter in London.

Marianne Leah Morris started Bad Press in 2003, publishing 10, mostly female, authors, in the UK and North America, including Emily Critchley’s When I Say I Believe Women in 2006. From 2004-2017 she published eight chapbooks and two poetry books, The On All Said Things Moratorium (Enitharmon Press, 2013) and Word/World (Boiler House Press, 2017), and has recently completed the manuscript of her first novel. She has a Doctorate in Poetry, is a BAcC-accredited acupuncturist, and works independently in editing, energy medicine, and spiritual mentorship with clients all over the world. She lives in Santa Catarina, Brazil. https://mariannemorris.org