Zoë Brigley is the author of three books of poetry published by Bloodaxe: Hand & Skull (2019), Conquest (2012), and The Secret (2007). All three are UK Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Poems from the collections have won an Eric Gregory Award for the best British poets under 30, have been longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize for the best international writers under 40, and were Forward Prize commended.
She also has a collection of nonfiction essays: Notes from a Swing State: Writing from Wales and America (Parthian 2019). She recently published chapbooks with Broken Sleep: Aubade After A French Movie (2020), and Verve: Into Eros (2021), She also co-wrote a pamphlet of creative nonfiction co-written with Kristian Evans. Otherworlds: Writing on Nature and Magic (Broken Sleep 2021).
Her writing appears in publications like Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Australian Book Review, PN Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Copper Nickel, and Poetry Wales.
She researches literature, film, trauma, and violence against women and minorities. She co-edited the academic volume Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (with Sorcha Gunne). Her research articles appear in The Journal of Gender Studies, Feminist Formations, Feminist Media Studies, Gender and Education, and Contemporary Women’s Writing. For a number of years, she produced a podcast on anti-violence advocacy at SinisterMyth.com .
She became editor for Wales’ leading poetry journal Poetry Wales in 2021, and she is now Poetry Editor for Seren Books in a job share with the poet Rhian Edwards. She was also an editor for Magma Poetry, a special issue on ‘Dwelling’ in 2021 with Kristian Evans and Rob Mackenzie; and she was co-editor for the Seren anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren 2021).