Hi friends, I wanted to flag up that I am very lucky to be able to guest edit the summer issue of Poetry Wales. See details below. Please send up to 4 poems with a 50-word bio via Submittable or post. Open til 28th April 2021. "For issue 57.1, guest editor Zoe Brigley is open [...]
Zoë Brigley Thompson is the author of three books of poetry: Hand & Skull (2019), Conquest (2012), and The Secret (2007), all published by Bloodaxe. She also has a collection of nonfiction essays, Notes from a Swing State (Parthian 2019), and edited the academic volume Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (with Sorcha Gunne).
Times Literary Supplement: "Death and life are inextricable and this book has a defiant mark of hope.” Emily Trahair: "Brigley's sense of social justice is woven with delicacy and strength, in a voice that is neither daunted nor hectoring."
Back in 2004, I started a blog called The Midnight Heart via Warwick Blogs, which the Times Higher Education Supplement listed as one to watch. This new site is a continuation of what I started there.
I have recently experienced a number of Zoom-bombings at poetry readings. They're unpleasant and upsetting. This post is designed to help organizers of poetry events to make their readings safe from gross interference. It is written in the spirit of positive learning and knowledge sharing together as a community. Let me know if you have [...]
I just wrote up an article for Wales Arts Review, which is about recent cases of violence against women and public gaslighting. I made a bitesize podcast about gaslighting for the podcast Sinister Myth, because often people don't quite understand it. I explain it all in the article which features responses to the Sarah Everard [...]
I was lucky today to be part of a great panel on found poetry organized by Carrie Etter at the NAWE Conference this afternoon. I had some technical issues and I couldn't add the handout with two of my own poems on and a workshop exercise. But here are the exercises: Found Poetry Exercises Simone [...]
[Cw: brief reference to sexual violence.] So on Monday 25th January, I am taking part in a free online poetry reading for St Dwynwen's Day, which some people call the Welsh Valentine's Day. It's a bit more complicated than that in fact. There are different versions of the story of St Dwynwen, but many of [...]
Next semester here at Ohio State, I will be teaching "Sexuality & Violence," a course in anti-violence advocacy. I have taught the course since I first arrived in 2015, but this will probably be the last time, as unfortunately the center for Sexuality Studies here has been closed. I am just considering how I might [...]
I just had to post this video here of the recent Dead Women Poets launch of their special issue for Modern Poetry in Translation. It was incredibly fun. Plus it was such an honor to read with Natalie Linh Bolderston and Jessica Wood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQUxSV5wwRY&feature=youtu.be
A few weeks ago I attended a great event held by Electric Literature on Magical Feminism, an editorial discussion with Marie-Helene Bertino and my friend and colleague Elissa Washuta. It was a really inspiring discussion. You can watch the video back here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/acqg3qqk Halimah Marcus interviewing Elissa Washuta & Marie-Helene Bertino I really liked what Marie-Helene Bertino [...]
So it is nearly time for Halloween, Samhain, the Day of Dead, All Hallow's Eve. Whatever you call it, it's a witchy time of year, and I have plans for organizing and attending some great literary events. First up, this Monday 26th, I have booked my ticket to attend a great event from Electric Literature: [...]
It's National Poetry Day, and I am posting this video I recorded during lockdown for Just Another Poet's Poetry Asylum: A Virtual Poetry Yurt from Cardiff. Thanks to Taz Rahman for asking me to record it. https://youtu.be/wldTbXXch5w Poetry Reading You can also see the reading in context at Poetry Asylum with other poets here: https://youtu.be/8gx43mE06FI [...]