Verve Poetry Press is a new Birmingham based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways. (Just what you’d expect from a press that had grown out of the giddy and flamboyant annual four days of poetry and spoken word that is Verve Poetry Festival.)
Co-founded by Stuart Bartholomew and Amerah Saleh and involving Verve Festival Co-Director Cynthia Miller, the press will be publishing poets this year from all corners of Birmingham – poet’s that represent the city’s varied and energetic qualities and will begin to communicate it’s many poetic stories. While our horizons are likely to expand beyond Birmingham in future years, there will always be a place for excellent poets from our home city at Verve!
Our poets are performers too, and we will keep you fully informed of their movements. But look out particularly hard for our showcase events which will begin as the year progresses. One Verve poet is one thing. Four on a stage is something else altogether. And with poets who are also amazing at hosting in our ranks (Amerah producing and hosting regularly at Poetry Jam, Casey Bailey a star of TedX Brum and Leon Priestnall the face of Howl in the city) – you know our events will swing.
Watch out especially in early December when the Verve Poetry Christmas Showcase will land in the city centre and give you a Christmas party night to remember!
NB If you would like to book any of our poets for feature slots at your poetry event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving forwards also, we intend not just to be a publisher of poetry but also an agent for poetic development in the area. Younger poets will have opportunities to join with us and improve themselves through workshops, masterclasses, and performance and writing opportunities. The poets we are publishing this year are expecting to be involved in this – they will support the development of emerging poets in the same way that they are already supporting each other and helping each other improve. Watch this space for news of the Verve Press Poetry Academy.
And meanwhile, look out in 2018 for stunning first collections from Amerah, Casey, Leon, Nafeesa Hamid, Rupinder Kaur, Kamil Mahmood, Hannah Swings, and a few surprises too.
And watch this new press bring the colour and attitude of Verve Poetry Festival to all its publishing activities.