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Launch: Re·creation Anthology

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Joelle Taylor, Dean Atta, Andrew McMillan, Harry Josephine Giles, Nat Raha and Jay Gao

The long-awaited Re·creation anthology is launching this summer!

With readings from a glittering array of the anthology poets – including Andrew McMillan, Jay Gao, Harry Josephine Giles, Nat Raha, Dean Atta, and this year’s T.S. Eliot Prizewinner Joelle Taylor – as well as Q&A with editors Éadaoín Lynch and Alycia Pirmohamed, this launch is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

This venue has step-free access, and the event will be livestreamed and captioned. Texts of poems being read will also be projected live.


In 2021, with Edinburgh-based independent publisher Stewed Rhubarb Press, and with support from Creative Scotland Open Fund, the Re·creation project invited anyone in Scotland and the UK to write poems, develop their craft, and build a community, through workshops, round-table feedback, and 1-to-1 mentorship.

The project took its inspiration from Audre Lorde, and its title from her poem of the same name, placing roots in play, refreshment, recovery, restoration and creativity. From there grew the landmark anthology, over half of which contains poems from BIPOC poets, over a third from trans and genderqueer poets, and poets overall from every adult age group.

The poets in Re:creation make up a new and vivid constellation. This is a bright, interlocking anthology that focuses a clear light on experiments from new and established voices. The poems here are full of exciting suppositions, recoveries, and together make a collective language strong enough to shine the way to new possibilities for queer poetry, bringing us closer to a place where the air, as Andres N. Ordorica has it, is ‘renewed and free’.

–SEÁN HEWITT, author of All Down Darkness Wide (2022) and Tongues of Fire (2020)

'In this powerful and affecting anthology, queer experience - and queer poetics - are brought to life with complexity, vividness, beauty and formal innovation. An anthology that allows richness, shuts down no question, and offers the reader a selection of the very best queer poets at work today.'

-Alice Tarbuck, Author of A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and Six Centuries) of Magic

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