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flipped eye at 20: poetry from Malika Booker and Samatar Elmi (online)

Winning global acclaim for being a champion of compelling work, and now celebrating its 20th anniversary, flipped eye has been publishing affordable culture from the margins of British society since 2001, and we’re helping to commemorate its work over the last two decades and wish it well for the next two.

As an incubator for talent, flipped eye focuses on cultivating potential, as opposed to producing rapid output. Publications are a manifestation of long-term dialogue between editors and authors over several years. Award-winning authors who were discovered, developed or launched by flipped eye include Roger Robinson, Warsan Shire, Inua Ellams, Malika Booker, Miriam Nash, Nick Makoha and more.

Malika Booker is a British poet of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage and the founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. She received her MA from Goldsmiths University and was recently awarded the Cultural Fellowship in Creative Writing/ Literary Art post at Leeds University. She was the inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 and won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for ‘The Little Miracles’ in 2020. Her first publication, Breadfruit, was with flipped eye in December 2007.

Samatar Elmi is a poet, PhD candidate, educator and activist. His poems have appeared in Magma, Iota, Scarf, Ink Sweat and Tears, Myths of the Near Future & more. As well as a published author, he is the founder of Myrrh Tree, an education provider aiming to increase social and cultural capital to improve social mobility in BAME and lower income families. His debut collection, Portrait of Colossus (flipped eye, 2021) was described as “the work of a hybrid sensibility taking its cues equally from the rhythms and narrative drive of the Hip Hop emcee and the wisdom of a true historian” by Kayo Chingonyi, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize for poetry in 2018.

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