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Three Poets: Jennifer Lee-Tsai, Degna Stone and Leonardo Boix


















Three exciting UK-based poets read from their recent, acclaimed work and latest pamphlets.

Jennifer Lee Tsai, Degna Stone and Leonardo Boix are all fellows of The Complete Works poetry mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting exceptional BAME poets founded by the writer Bernardine Evaristo. Semay Wu, a composer, sound/media artist, and cellist, will provide improvised musical interludes and soundscapes to the words, drawing upon electric-acoustic sounds, the classical avant-garde and noise, to weave imagined sonic threads through time, memory and space. The readings and live music will be followed by a q & a session on contemporary poetry and the importance of diversity in the arts.

Tickets: £6/£5

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a poet, editor and critic. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works III and a Ledbury Poetry Critic. Her poems are featured in the anthologies Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe: 2017), Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the UK (Platypus Press, 2019) and have been published in numerous magazines and journals including Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, SMOKE, Soundings, Ambit, Wild Court and forthcoming in Magma.

Her poetry reviews are published by The Poetry School, the Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Modern Poetry In Translation, Ambit and The Poetry Review.

Jennifer is an Associate Editor of SMOKE magazine and a Contributing Editor to Ambit. She is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool.

Her debut poetry pamphlet Kismet (2019) is published by ignitionpress.

Photo credit: Suzanne Lau

Degna Stone, an Inscribe supported writer, is a co-founder of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine and a contributing editor at The Rialto. She received a Northern Writers Award in 2015 and is a fellow of The Complete Works III. Appearances include: StAnza International Poetry Festival, Leeds Lit Festival and BBC Radio 3s The Verb.

Photo credit: Richard Kenworthy

Leo Boix is a Latino-British Poet, Journalist and Educator born in Argentina. Fellow of The Complete Works programme and Co-director of 'Invisible Presence'. He has been published in many anthologies, including 10: Poets of the New Generation, Bloodaxe and Why Poetry?, Verve Poetry Press. He has also been published in The Poetry Review, Poetry, Brittle Star, Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), the Rialto, Litro, Magma Poetry, Minor Literature [s], The Morning Star, Ink, Sweat and Tears, An Other Poem, and elsewhere.

Photo credit: Caleb Femi



Semay Wu is a composer, sound/media artist, and cellist. Her compositions and installations are drawn from experiments and improvisations of sound-worlds that reflect human traits, energies and provocations. Semay composes with a mixture of electro-acoustic sounds derived from our natural world to man-made constructions and her pieces have been affiliated with devised theatre, dance, moving image, and performance art. Her live improvisations may broadly touch upon elements from classical avant-garde, to song-structured melodies, to noise; often working with interactive audio-visual material and structures, through a DIY perspective. As part of her solo work, she tries to play and weave imagined sonic threads of time, memory and space.

Photo credit: Anne Wellmer


This event is in partnership with/co-supported by the University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing

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