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Transatlantic Poetry

Monday 19th September 2022

Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
Doors Open
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Join us for evening in the bookshop celebrating brilliant contemporary poetry from four acclaimed poets: Carrie Etter, Elena Karina Byrne, Lois P. Jones, and Lia Brooks.

We’re delighted to be joined by Elena, Lois, and Lia who – alongside our very own Carrie Etter – will be reading some of their poetry.



American expatriate Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and recently joined the creative writing faculty at the University of Bristol after 18 years’ teaching at Bath Spa University. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Individual poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere.


Elena Karina Byrne is the author of five poetry collections including If This Makes You Nervous (Omnidawn Publishing, 2021). Former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, she works as a private editor, freelance tutor for the Poetry School and elsewhere, the Programming Consultant & Poetry Stage Manager for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. Her publications include Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry International, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Plume, Kyoto Journal, New American Writing, and BOMB. Elena’s currently writing screenplays while completing her collection of hybrid essays entitled Voyeur Hour.


Lois P. Jones won the 2022 Lyra Poetry Festival, ‘Frame to Frames: Ekphastic Poetry Film Prize’ for her filmpoem collaboration, ‘La Scapigliata’, the Bristol Poetry Prize, the Lascaux Prize, and the Tiferet Poetry Prize. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Wales, Plume, Verse Daily, and Narrative. Her first collection, Night Ladder, was published by Glass Lyre Press in 2017 and a finalist for the Julie Suk Award. Jones is the poetry editor of Kyoto Journal and a screening judge for the Kingsley-Tufts Awards


Lia Brooks’ poetry has been four times nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her work can be found in Poetry London, Agenda, Magma and Mslexia, among others. Brooks recently won the Straid and is a finalist for the Aesthetica Writing Award.