Malika Booker (Author) Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her pamphlet, Breadfruit, was published by flipped eye in 2007, and her Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winning collection, Pepper Seed, followed in 2013 from Peepal Tree. She has written for the stage and radio. She was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sharon Olds (Author) Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000 and currently teaches at New York University. She has been involved with outreach writing workshops at hospitals for the physically challenged and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last collection, Stag's Leap, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Warsan Shire (Author) Warsan Shire is a Somali-British poet. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011) and Her Blue Body (2015). In 2014 she was appointed as the inaugural Young Poet Laureate of London. In 2016 she collaborated on the film adaptation and poetry for Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's visual album Lemonade. She is currently working on her first full collection of poetry.