Melissa Lee-Houghton
Melissa Lee-Houghton (United Kingdom, 1982)
By Emily Hasler for The Poetry Society Melissa Lee-Houghton is at the forefront of a new strand of confessional poetry in the UK. Her writing is intense and authentic, tackling trauma and taboos. With total emotional investment, she evokes loss, love, grief, hope, abuse, sex, mental illness and survival in artful poems which communicate without losing raw power. Her work is both personal and political; an act of defiance in the face of shame and shaming, silence and silencing. Her significance was recognised in 2014 when she was named as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society. In 2016 her poem ‘I am very …

Ruby Robinson
(United Kingdom, 1985)
By Emily Hasler for The Poetry Society Ruby Robinson’s debut collection, Every Little Sound (Pavilion Press, 2016) has received critical acclaim, shortlisted for both the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T.S. Eliot Prize. The book’s title is indicative of her approach; scrupulously attentive and especially interested in the aural. She writes from personal experience, but the perspective we are afforded is so close as to give intimate access without full context; as if we looked through a microscope or overheard a private conversation. The myopic nature of her poems means that they …

Jack Underwood
(United Kingdom, 1984)
By Bethany W. Pope for The Poetry Society Jack Underwood is a regular participant in the London poetry community, and lectures in English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, as well as working as a tutor for The Poetry School. As a reviewer, he has contributed regularly to Poetry London and The Poetry Review, and he was a founding editor of the anthology series Stop/Sharpening/Your/Knives. He was chosen as one of the first four poets published as part of the Faber New Poets pamphlets scheme in 2009. Happiness (Faber, 2015) is his first collection.


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