Everything That Can Happen: Poems about the Future

Edited by Suzannah Evans and Tom Sastry


Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-52-3
Publication date: 31st January 2019
Price: £10 (paperback)

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Everything That Can Happen contains many kinds of future: an android fills out a passport form; the local cricket pitch is lost underwater; frozen limbs thaw from cryogenic sleep; robotic shoes allow for highspeed parenting. The poems in this anthology explore time, language, changing landscapes, future selves, uncertainty, catastrophe and civilisation. Whether imagining a distant, apocalyptic future or the moment we live in, nudged slightly beyond what we know, the poems ask what we can do to prepare ourselves for a future that edges a little closer every day.


About the editors

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and Poetry Review and on the Guardian’s ‘Poem of the Week’. As a teenager she had an obsessive fear of the apocalypse which has fuelled many of her poems, and she still doesn’t know whether to plan responsibly for the future or party like it’s 1999.

Tom Sastry is a poet and spoken word artist. He is based in Bristol which is vulnerable to tidal surges and is unlikely to survive a really serious Puritan revival. Tom used to run a spoken word night called Festival. In 2016, he was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets series and his resulting pamphlet Complicity was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and a Poetry School Book of the Year.


About the poets

Amy Acre’s Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice and Poetry School Best Book. She’s the editor of Bad Betty Press, shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the 2018 Saboteur Awards. She lives in London with her partner, baby and an occasional Pokémon trainer.

Craig Barker is an English language teacher from Lancashire, and a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia. He tries not to think about the future too often, but he thinks often about the future. Sometimes he writes poems.

Sharon Black is from Glasgow and now lives in the Cévennes mountains of France, where she organizes writing retreats at Abri Creative Writing. Her poetry is widely published and she has written two collections: To Know Bedrock (Pindrop Press, 2011) and The Art of Egg (Two Ravens Press, 2015). www.sharonblack.co.uk

Carole Bromley lives in York, where she is the Stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries for the Poetry Society. Winner of a number of first prizes, Carole has three collections with smith|doorstop: A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and Blast Off!, a children’s collection.

Sue Burge is a creative writing and film studies lecturer and sci-fi film fan based in Norfolk. She has had poems published in a wide range of magazines. Her debut pamphlet, Lumière (Hedgehog Press), and her first collection, In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon), were both published in Autumn 2018.

Joe Carrick-Varty is a writer based in Manchester, currently finishing his MA at the Centre for New Writing. A winner of the New Poets Prize, his debut pamphlet Somewhere Far is forthcoming in 2019 with The Poetry Business. He recently travelled to Alaska and saw a real grizzly bear.

Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer from Leicester. In 2018, she won the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry competition and was voted Best Spoken Word Performer at the Saboteur Awards. Shruti’s debut pamphlet, That Which Can Be Heard, is forthcoming with Burning Eye Books in November 2018.

Alexandra Citron was born in the US. She remains tangled in history and poetry and mind-boggled by the idea of humanity in space. Her poems have appeared in Mslexia, Visual Verse, Ink Sweat and Tears and in a pamphlet, Show of Hands, from the Blue Side Poets in 2017.

Rishi Dastidar’s debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organization Spread The Word.

Frank Dullaghan is an Irish poet living in Dubai. His most recent collection is Lifting the Latch (Cinnamon Press, 2018). His poem in this book is part of a pamphlet-length sequence inspired by a novel he’s currently writing. He is hoping to publish the pamphlet as a stand-alone book.

Charlotte Eichler’s pamphlet Their Lunar Language was published by Valley Press in 2018. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, The Scotsman and Stand, as well as two other Emma Press anthologies: Anthology of Aunts and In Transit: Poems of Travel. She was born in Hertfordshire and now lives near Leeds.

Annie Fisher is a storyteller from Somerset and a member of Taunton’s Fire River Poets. Her pamphlet Infinite In All Perfections was published by Happenstance Press in 2016.

Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet, and singer in the post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her work has appeared in Under the Radar, The North, New Welsh Review, Rialto and elsewhere. Her writing was described in the Times as ‘a delight: playful and exuberant.’

Matthew Haigh lives and works in Cardiff. He has recently collaborated with visual artist Alex Stevens on work featured in two Sidekick Books anthologies: No, Robot, No and Battalion. His debut poetry pamphlet, Black Jam, is published with Broken Sleep Books in February 2019.

Robert Hamberger has been shortlisted for a Forward prize, awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and featured as the Guardian’s Poem of the Week. His fourth collection, Blue Wallpaper, is forthcoming from Waterloo Press. His memoir A Length of Road: following John Clare will be published by John Murray in 2020.

Susannah Hart is a London-based poet whose work has been widely published in magazines and online. She is on the board of Magma Poetry and won the Live Canon First Collection Prize for her collection Out of True (2018).

Pamela Johnson’s poems appear in magazines – POEM, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Crannóg – and anthologies. Her sequence, Tidelines, commissioned by Poetry In Aldeburgh, appeared in the festival exhibition in 2017. She’s published three novels and teaches fiction on the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths.

Tim Kiely is a criminal barrister living and working in London. His poetry and critical writing has been published in Ariadne’s Thread, Lunar Poetry, South Bank Poetry and the Morning Star. He featured in the inaugural London Spoken Word anthology from GUG Press.

Alice Merry is a British poet living in Lima, Peru. She has previously been published by Orbis and has performed at events including the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. @alicekmerry

Karin Molde has been published in Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman, Light Journal for Photography and Poetry and in Writers Ink’s anthology The blossom of the poem silently breaks the bud (2018). The title is the last line of her poem, which appears in this anthology in a shorter version.

Jessica Mookherjee is from Wales and now lives in Kent. Her pamphlets are Swell (Telltale Press, 2016) and Joyride (Bler Press, 2017). Her first collection, Flood (Cultured Llama), was published in 2018 and she has a second collection from Nine Arches Press forthcoming in summer 2019.

Chloe Murphy lives in Brighton and is thrilled to have finally completed a full poem. When she’s not creating wacky writing exercises with her good friends the Tipsy Poets, she edits fiction and poetry under the name Killing Darlings. This is her first published poem.

Luke Palmer teaches English in Wiltshire. His poems have appeared in a number of places, including Agenda, The Interpreter’s House and The Tangerine. His first pamphlet, Spring in the Hospital, won the 2018 Prole Pamphlet competition.

Anita Pati has won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry, was an Aldeburgh 8 participant and recently became one of three to win the inaugural Women’s Poetry Prize. She is working on her first pamphlet.

Ilse Pedler won the 2015 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted in the 2018 National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, The Dogs That Chase Bicycle Wheels, was published by Seren in 2016. In between writing poetry, she works as a veterinary surgeon in Saffron Walden.

Nina Mingya Powles was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and lives in London. She is the author of the poetry pamphlet Girls of the Drift (Seraph Press, 2014) and Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017). She was the 2018 winner of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and is poetry editor at The Shanghai Literary Review.

Kerry Priest’s work has appeared in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear), as well as Acumen and The Broadsheet. She is a broadcaster and sound artist, writing and producing radio plays which combine spoken word with Electro-acoustic music. www.kerrypriest.com

Charley Reay is a Northumberland-based writer and performance poet from the Lincolnshire Fens. Her poems are published by Prole, Smeuse and Three Drops Press among others.   She enjoys Dungeons & Dragons, recreational sleeping and walks on the beach with her dog Lacy. @charleyreay

Laura Ring is a poet, short story writer, anthropologist and librarian. Her ethnography Zenana: Everyday Peace in a Karachi Apartment Building was published by Indiana University Press in 2006. Recent poems can be found in Rogue Agent, Rise Up Review and Lunch Ticket, among other places. She lives in Chicago.

Shauna Robertson’s poems have been set to music, displayed on buses, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall and published in various magazines and anthologies. She has two chapbooks, Blueprints for a Minefield (2016) and Love Bites (2018). Shauna also writes for children and makes artwork.

Shelley Roche-Jacques’ debut poetry collection Risk the Pier was published by Eyewear in 2017. Shelley is particularly interested in the dramatic monologue and the relationship between poetry and flash fiction. She teaches Creative Writing and Performance at Sheffield Hallam University.

Emma Simon’s debut pamphlet, Dragonish, was published by the Emma Press in 2017. She has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including Writing Motherhood (Seren). She lives in London where she juggles poetry with work as a part-time copywriter and family.

Marion Tracy lives in Brighton. She has two degrees in English Literature and worked as a lecturer in further education colleges. She had a pamphlet, Giant in the Doorway, out with Happenstance in 2012 and a full-length collection, Dreaming of our Better Selves, with Vanguard Editions in 2016.

Peter Twose is a Cornishman living in South London. The son of a librarian, he trained as an actor and puppeteer and has since toured internationally, most notably for the National Theatre. He enjoys writing – fewer costume changes.

Jane Wilkinson is a landscape architect from London, currently living in Norwich with her husband and young son. Her poems have been placed and commended in a number of competitions, including Magma and The Rialto, and published in magazines and anthologies including Ink Sweat and Tears, Envoi and 154.

Jo Young’s career in the Army taught her to exist in a state of hopeful, resourceful pessimism for the future. She is a creative writing PhD student at University of Glasgow and was poet in residence at the National Army Museum in 2018. Her debut pamphlet will be published by Ink, Sweat and Tears in 2019.


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