A Conversation Between Eco-Poets - Melissa Davies & Caleb Nichols
- 28/8/23 @ 6pm
Based in the north of England, Melissa is a poet writing about both the Norwegian and Lakeland landscapes, asking who gets to speak for them and why? As well as her own creative practice, Melissa works with local communities to create collage poems which have been displayed in National Trust woodland, high street restaurants and shopping centres.
Previous poems published by Alliterati Magazine, Maybe Later Press & Oh Comely Magazine.
Melissa’s poems for Time and Time, Solstice Shorts Festival 2019, were performed at
Greenwich, Maryport, Clydebank and Lisbon and published in the Time and Tide anthology.
Melissa will be reading from The Arctic Diaries published by Arachne Press!
The Arctic Diaries chart generations of the characters, myths and misremembered details that make up the oral traditions of a windswept archipelago in Norway’s far north. Created over a single arctic winter, using stories gathered from the last surviving fisherman of Langholmen, this collection of poems are part history, part field notes, exploring what role the outsider plays in preserving the experience of another.
Caleb Nichols is a queer poet and musician from California. His poems and prose have been published widely in places like 14 Poems, Poetry Wales, New England Review, 45th Parallel, Talkhouse, and Truthout. His Bottlecap Press chapbook “Chan “Says & Other Songs” was called “marvelously queer” by Eduardo Corral, and they have poetry pamphlets forthcoming from Gasher & Broken Sleep. A best of the net nominee, and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets University prize, Caleb is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Bangor University in North Wales. calebnicholsis.gay