We Used To Forge Steel,
Now We Forge Poets

A quarterly journal of poetry, reviews and poetics, ensconced in design inspired by the city of Birmingham and art that graces the walls and archives of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Poetry Birmingham places the UK’s second city firmly at its centre. It revives the tradition of drawing creative minds to its streets and institutions to forge brave new work.

Issue 1 features: George Aird  • Josh Allsop  • Jean Atkin • Zohar Atkins • Miranda Lynn Barnes • Luke Beddow • Alison Brackenbury • Marc Brightside • Matt Bryden • Angela T. Carr • Geraldine Clarkson • Gareth Culshaw • Ian Dudley • James Giddings • Howie Good • Rebecca Ruth Gould • Emma Harding • Katie Haworth • Leila Howl • Sneha Subramanian Kanta • Zannah Kearns • Faustine Ladeiro-Levent • Gregory Leadbetter • Lee Mackenzie • Gill McEvoy • Philip Miller • Max Mulgrew • Kate Noakes • Michelle Penn  • John Porter  • Hilary Robinson • Mark Russell  •Alix Scott-Martin • Robert Selby • Caroline Smith • Ellora Sutton • Christina Thatcher • Serena Trowbridge • Iain Twiddy • Alexander Velky • Claire Walker • Jack Warren 


Issue #1





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Suna Afshan (Editor)

Suna Afshan is a reticent writer of prose and poetry and is reading for an MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University. In the summer of 2018, she was awarded with the university's Mercian Prize for her collection of poetry titled “Word of Mouth” born of the tête-à-tête one reserves for public spaces and the stuff of diaries we’d take to the grave. Suna’s work is concerned with queering the domestic and looks for the gentle mysticism of suburbia and the urban pastoral. She is Co-Founder and Editor here at Poetry Birmingham.


Olivia Hodgson (Editor)

Olivia Hodgson was born in 1995 and raised in Birmingham. In 2016, she won Birmingham City University’s Mercian Prize for Poetry. She is currently working on poetry and short fiction that explores the uncanny, the gothic, and mental health in domestic spaces and relationships. She is a Co-Founder of Poetry in Performance, and runs a monthly Birmingham poetry night, Words @ the Woodman. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing and is Co-Founder and Editor at Poetry Birmingham.

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Naush Sabah (Editor)

Naush Sabah was, for many years, an IT lecturer and community organiser. She now works as a freelance writer and editor, whilst completing an MA in Creative Writing. Her short play, Coins, was staged at The Rep as part of the 2019 Write Away programme for playwrights. She is Assistant Editor at Short Fiction Journal and Co-Founder and Editor here at Poetry Birmingham.

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Adrian B. Earle (Publishing Manager)

Adrian B. Earle is a poet, media maker and facilitator. Producer & Managing Director at VerseFirst Productions and Co-Founder and Publishing Manager of the Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. His debut pamphlet 5000 HURTS is out from Burning Eye Books in October 2019.

Host and Executive Producer of the VerseFirst Poetry Podcast, Adrian is a 2019 member of the Hippodrome Young Poets. He makes poetry media and performs poetry under the name ThinkWriteFly.