Katrina will be mentoring Mary Jean Chan throughout 2018. Chan has published a pamphlet A Hurry of English (ignitionpress) and will shortly be publishing her first collection with Faber.
Katrina chose Chan’s poem ‘Names’; she says: ‘”Names” stood out from my first round of reading. I admire the poem’s line breaks: “it isn’t always easy / keeping your name sheltered […]”. “Names” also contains some surprising and beautifully considered imagery, which Mary Jean neatly returns to in the final line of the poem.
“The only downside to judging this prize is having to choose one poet. I’d like to give special mention to the following whose work I very much enjoyed: Sharon Black, A.P. Fraser, Eleanor Hooker, Holly Hopkins, Sue Johns and Natalie Whittaker. Congratulations to all the poets and especially to Mary Jean. I’m very much looking forward to working with her as a mentor this year.”
For more on Mary Jean Chan and the Ann Born Prize click on this link to the Poetry Society’s website.