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Sarah James

Sarah James

Born: England
Resides: Worcestershire, England
E-mail: lifeislikeacherrytree (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sarah Leavesley (pen name Sarah James) is an award-winning poet, short fiction writer, journalist and arts reviewer. An Oxford University modern languages graduate, Sarah is also an occasional playwright and editor at V. Press, poetry imprint. Working in both mainstream and more experimental traditions, Sarah’s publications include numerous haiku and senryu inspired poems in the Financial Times and a senryu sequence on Crowsfeet web journal. Her 2012 ‘An Eyeful of Words’ exhibition combined haiku-inspired poetry with photography and lead to interactive texts on her website, two poetry apps and a poetryfilm From the Trees and Tow Path.

Awards and Other Honors: Sarah James has won or been placed in many competitions. These include numerous wins and runner-up positions in the Financial Times’ weekly haiku/senryu contests (2014/2015). Also, winner of the Overton Poetry Prize (2015) and a poem from The Magnetic Diaries (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2015) highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Her debut poetry collection, Into the Yell, won third prize in the multi-genre International Rubery Book Awards (2011).

Books Published: plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press, 2015 ) – poetry collection; The Magnetic Diaries (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2015) – a modern narrative in poems based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, incorporating a supplementary multimedia element, and a highly commended in the Forward Prizes; Hearth (Mother’s Milk Books, 2015) – a pamphlet co-written with Angela Topping and launched at Cheltenham Poetry Festival (2015); Be[yond] (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2013) – poetry collection; Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) – poetry collection and third prize winner in the multi-genre International Rubery Book Awards (2011).

Selected Work
9 pm at work:
I drink in the sky’s rosé,
then strong black coffee
my ‘mentors’: the word
prefigures their rocklike stance,
that distant skyline
my boss is perfect:
right stance, right rules, right
until the new chief arrives
draft email, hit send
cc whole floor with love
for new girlfriend x
accounting intern 
learns lists, numbers and sums,
ordering coffees
night shift: empty bins
dust desks, hoover, drop hole punch – 
paper moon blizzard

Credits: "9 pm at work" - Financial Times (June 11, 2015); "my boss is perfect" - Financial Times (June 4, 2015); "accounting intern" - Financial Times (Feb 5, 2015); "my ‘mentors’: the word" - Financial Times (Jan 29, 2015); "draft email, hit send" - Financial Times (Nov 12, 2014); "night shift: empty bins" - Financial Times (Nov 12, 2014).

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