Photograph by Andrew Tobin/Tobinators Ltd
Michelle Penn is a dual UK/US national. She grew up in the US and lived/worked in France for seven years before moving to London in 2005. Michelle plans innovative poetry/art/music events as part of Corrupted Poetry. She’s also a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.
She has recently completed a book-length poem, Paper Crusade, that re-imagines The Tempest as a dystopia; and will be published by Arachne Press in June 2022.
Michelle Penn’s debut pamphlet, Self-portrait as a diviner, failing (2018), won the Paper Swans Prize. Recent work has appeared in PN Review, The London Magazine, Bad Lilies, Butcher’s Dog and Tentacular.
Several of Michelle’s poems have been performed as part of Arachne’s Solstice Shorts Festivals, and published in their respective anthologies, including The End of Ramadan, performed at Ellon, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the anthology Dusk; Precarious, performed at Edinburgh and London, at noon on the 21st December 2018 and published in the Noon anthology; and The Sinking of Mrs Margaret Brown, performed at Greenwich and Maryport, and published in the Time and Tide anthology. Her poem Retablo For the Deep Ocean is published by Arachne in our 2021 Solstice Shorts anthology, Words From the Brink.