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Broken Sleep Poets: Caleb Nichols, Day Mattar & Liam Bates

Broken Sleep Poets: Caleb Nichols, Day Mattar & Liam Bates


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Join us on June 20th, 6pm for a triple-reading from three contemporary poets whose work is published by Broken Sleep Books - please note the line-up change! Sadly James Byrne will not be able to attend but we've got the esteemed Liam Bates in his stead...

Caleb Nichols is a queer poet and musician from a working class family in California. His poetry and prose has been published or is forthcoming in places like the New England Review, 14 Poems, Poetry Wales, Redivider, and 45th Parallel. His Kelp Book chapbook “Teems/Recedes” was called “a gorgeous abundance” by Chen Chen and his Bottlecap Press chapbook “Chan Says & Other Songs” was called “marvelously queer” by Eduardo Corral. Caleb’s critically acclaimed rock opera “Ramon” was released on iconic indie label Kill Rock Stars in 2022 and he's toured in North American and Europe in support of it and other KRS releases. A best of the net nominee, and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets University prize, Caleb is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Bangor University in North Wales. 

Liam Bates is a poet originally from the Black Country now living in Lancashire. His poems have appeared in publications including Ambit, Bath Magg, Magma and more, and have been translated into Spanish and Latvian. In 2023 he won a Northern Writers’ Award for ongoing work. His first two pamphlets are available from Broken Sleep Books, along with his full-length debut, Human Townsperson.

Day Mattar is a cheeky queer poet and performer from Liverpool. They are the co-founder of Queer Bodies poetry collective, and facilitate poetry workshops with various art organisations in the UK. Their poetry pamphlet, Springing from the Pews, was published with Broken Sleep Books. Day's poems come from the body, they use poetry as a tool to explore links between the psychological and the physical, the somatic and the sensual. Can a poem make you jump? Is your heart beating faster?

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