I am a poet and creative writing teacher, originally from the UK, but now living in southern Maine, USA. I’ve been writing poetry since I was 16. I took my B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Warwick University in 2002-2005, and from 2005 my poetry appeared in UK national magazines and local anthologies, as well as being placed or shortlisted in various competitions including the Bridport Prize. I also contributed to several cross-genre art projects.
In 2012 and 2013 I worked as Hampshire County Council’s Hampshire Poet, writing commissioned poems, setting up the poetry mapping project Writing Hampshire (sadly the map has gone, but the poems are still there), and promoting poetry across the county. I worked with experienced poets, people who’d never written a line of poetry before, children and teens of all ages, prisoners, the homeless, visually-impaired writers, and people providing services for the elderly.
Since 2005 I have taught creative writing, which is as important to me as my own writing. In the U.K. I taught for Winchester University, the Open University, Winchester Discovery Centre, in schools across Hampshire, in writers’ groups, in community venues, and anywhere else where someone wanted me! I’ve taught all kinds of people, from 4 to 94, in all kinds of venues, and this is the main way I try to spread the appreciation of poetry.
In the summer of 2014 I moved with my wife and children to America to study for my MFA in poetry at the University of New Hampshire. I learned a lot, deepened my knowledge of wonderful American poetry, and loved working with Charles Simic as my thesis advisor.
Since graduating from UNH, I’ve resumed my teaching of creative writing. In 2016 I was juried onto the state Teaching Artist rosters of both Maine and New Hampshire, and I’ve led multiple school residencies, both on my own account and for the Telling Room. I’ve been involved with Poetry Out Loud, judging semifinals in New Hampshire and running Poetry Out Loud workshops in high schools for the Maine Arts Commission. I’ve taught adult writing workshops in historic New England venues, including the Jewett House in my town of South Berwick ME, and Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT. I also lead a writers’ group, work as a creative mentor and tutor for young people, and from August 2017 I will be teaching creative writing at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH.
Lastly, and most excitingly, I was the poetry winner of the 2017 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets and Writers. In October 2017 I will be spending an all-expenses paid week in New York City, meeting top writers and professionals from the publishing world. I can’t wait!
Teaching work and contact details
I’m always interested in new opportunities to teach. To see what kinds of things I’ve done, please check out my blog pages. You can find out what I’ve been doing with schools, children, and young people; to see what I offer as a Writer In Schools, please see my School Visits page. I’ve also got some posts about past and future work with adults.
If you would like to get in touch with me, please use the Contact Form. If I can help, I will!
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