World Mental Health Day
-Kathryn Driscoll (She says: “I won the current U.K. slam title in March with this poem about how the gov and DWP weaponise mental health against disabled people in the U.K)
-Elizabeth Castillo (First appeared in Janus Literary (https://www.janusliterary.com/2021/06/30/elizabeth-m-castillo-papier-mache/)
Seven poems, for seven days of growth and awareness. These were first published on the @InternetofWords Twitter Feed.
Click below to hear audio for five of the pieces, part of my scheduled #Instaverse project.
Access poems from her self-published poetry chapbook, CURT; URBANE.
Here’s links to all the individual poems:
Decline and Balls
Bios And Links
is the current UK slam champion, a World Slam finalist, a poet and activist from Bath.
-S Reeson [she/they] i
s 54, bisexual and married with two children: they have suffered anxiety for all of their life, and started telling stories as a ten-year-old in order to help them cope. Now, they write and record poetry, short stories and episodic fiction, whilst dissecting their unique creative process using both video and audio as the means to continue coping.
A considerable lived experience of mental health issues, a passion for niche arts and media and an undimmed enthusiasm for environmentalism combine, to allow creativity to emerge, and new stories and projects to be created. They love to experiment and push creative boundaries, and gain a huge amount of motivation and inspiration from talking about both the journey and continued evolution as a creative.
After winning a Poetry Society members’ contest (and reading that piece at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden) they attended the inaugural Mslexicon in 2019, chosen as their first ever participative literary event. In that same year they wrote 24 poems about their home town for the Places of Poetry online initiative, one of which is included in the official anthology published for National Poetry Day in October 2020 and subsequently reproduced by the Sunday Telegraph.
Their work has appeared in the Flights / Quarterly ejournal, Green Ink Poetry, Fevers of the Mind and has been published by Black Bough Poetry, and they are a regular participant in an increasing number of Zoom Open Mics, including the monthly event at Wordsworth Grasmere. They have self-published their own poetry chapbook, and have read poetry at the Essex Book Festival.
They enjoy living online, but also find great joy from lifting heavy weights, running and cycling in the meat-space. When not doing these, they are pursuing an ASD diagnosis on the NHS.