MEET THE TEAM

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Director

Aaron Kent

Aaron Kent is the director of Broken Sleep Books. As a working-class writer he particularly wants to advocate for more working-class voices in literature. He had several poetry pamphlets published, and has just finished his debut collection. ​He has had work published by Blackbox Manifold, Butchers Dog, 3:AM, BAX (2020), Wild Court, Prototype, The Scores, Perverse, & Prelude among others. He was born and raised in Cornwall, but lives in Wales.

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Chief Editorial Advisor

Charlie Baylis

Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the Editor of Anthropocene. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize. His most recent publication is Swimming (the Red Ceiling Press) He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality. 

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Editorial Advisor

Suna Afshan

Suna Afshan is a poet and freelance editor from the Midlands. She is co-founder and Editor at Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and Director of Pallina Press. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birmingham City University. In 2018 she was awarded with the University's Mercian Prize. Suna’s work is concerned with the apotheosis of poetry, and her 2020 micro-pamphlet Belladonna was published with Legitimate Snack. 

Editorial Advisor

Jennifer Edgecombe

Jennifer Edgecombe grew up in Cornwall and now lives on the Kent coast and works in publishing. Her debut poetry pamphlet The Grief of the Sea is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in June 2020. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Ambit, Caught by the River, Lighthouse, PN Review, and Wild Court. 

Editorial Advisor

Jazmine Linklater

Jazmine Linklater has published the pamphlets Toward Passion According (Zarf, 2017) and Découper, Coller (Dock Road Press, 2018). She is a co-founder of the queer feminist reading series, No Matter, in Manchester, and in 2018-19 was a Poetry London mentee with Vahni Capildeo. A third pamphlet, Figure a Motion, is forthcoming from Guillemot Press in September 2020.

Editorial Advisor

Gurdeep Mattu

Gurdeep Mattu is a publisher and author.  He has had senior editorial roles at Bloomsbury, Continuum and Rowman and Littlefield.  His poetic influences include Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams.  He is currently working on his second novel and lives in East London.

Publishing Coordinator

Jack Warren

Jack Warren is an environmentalist and poet from the South West. He has worked as a labourer and bartender for most of his career however he currently works in conservation. He holds an MA in Poetics from the University of York, an MSc in Applied Ecology from the University of Gloucestershire, and his poetry can be found in Magma, Anomaly, the Cardiff Review and others. 

Administrator

Emma Kennedy

Emma is the administrator of Broken Sleep Books, and ensures the daily running of the press goes smoothly. Emma spends her days chasing after a toddler, while trying to keep a baby calm.

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