Developing Strengths and Finding New Avenues will run from 18-23 November 2019.
Katrina Naomi has written a new poem for the Eighty Four anthology. Her poem, ‘Hide All the Knives’, features in Verve Poetry Press’s forthcoming anthology, Eighty Four: Poems on Male Suicide, Vulnerability, Grief and Hope. Eighty Four will be published in January 2019 priced at £9.99 and is available to order here. Poems have been donated to Eighty Four by Andrew McMillan, Katrina Naomi, Carrie Etter, Salena Godden, Anthony Anaxagorou, Joelle Taylor and many others, to raise money for the charity CALM. Eighty Four is edited by Helen Calcutt.
Katrina’s versions of Yasuaki Inoue’s haiku are in Modern Poetry in Translation. She translated these five poems during an Arts Council- funded trip to Japan, and is grateful to Professor Michiyo Takano of Yamanashi Prefectural University for her literal translations. Yasuaki Inoue is editor of Kakko (Cuckoo) haiku society and journal in Japan. In 2019, Katrina will be publishing, Typhoon Etiquette, a pamphlet of Japan-themed poems with Verve Poetry Press.
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Typhoon Etiquette will be published by Verve Poetry Press in April 2019. Katrina wrote the Japanese-themed pamphlet after receiving an Arts Council Artists’ International Development Fund award, spending six weeks travelling in Japan. During the trip, she walked in Basho’s footsteps, travelling to northern Japan, worked with Yamanashi Prefectural University and carried out translation work. She also ate lots of vegan sushi, found a love of sumo and found that singing Shirley Bassey songs loudly is very off-putting to bears. Typhoon Etiquette is available to pre-order, priced at £7.50 (UK), with free postage. Typhoon Etiquette will be Katrina’s sixth poetry publication. She is working on her third full collection, which will be published by Seren in 2020. Click here to see Katrina’s full range of poetry collections.
Katrina is at Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival running a workshop called ‘The Young Americans’ on Saturday 24 November. The workshop is £15 full price or £10 for concessions. Click here to book. Katrina’s workshop, from 10 am to 12 am on 24 November, focuses on Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith and Ocean Vuong, and will consider how to write good political poetry. Katrina’s workshop will also consider the use of form and free verse. The Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival runs from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 November in Falmouth, click here for the full programme. For more on Katrina’s events, see her forthcoming worshops and reading for 2019.