Author(s): Malika Booker, Sharon Olds, Warsan Shire
Inspired by Penguin's enormously successful '60s series of the same name, the Penguin Modern Poets are succinct, collectible, lovingly-assembled guides to the richness and diversity of contemporary poetry, from the UK, America and beyond. Every volume brings together representative selections from the work of three poets now writing, allowing the seasoned poetry fan and the curious reader alike to encounter our most exciting new voices. Volume 3, Your Family, Your Body, features the work of Malika Booker, the Guyanese-British writer and performer behind London- and Chicago-based collective Malika's Kitchen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sharon Olds, one of America's most brilliant, beloved and candid voices; and Warsan Shire, the award-winning poet and first ever Young Poetry Laureate of London who also lent her words to Beyonce's visual album Lemonade.
Contemporary poetry has been given a shot in the arm by the relaunch of Penguin Modern Poets ... deep and funny, and sometimes both at once -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian Electric ... Penguin Modern Poets were the most exciting thing in poetry this year -- Jeremy Noel-Tod Sunday Times
Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her pamphlet, Breadfruit, was published by flipped eye in 2007, and her Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winning collection, Pepper Seed, followed in 2013 from Peepal Tree. She has written for the stage and radio. She was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000 and currently teaches at New York University. She has been involved with outreach writing workshops at hospitals for the physically challenged and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last collection, Stag's Leap, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Warsan Shire was born in Kenya to Somali parents and raised in London. Her pamphlets are Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011) and Her Blue Body (2015); her first collection, Extreme Girlhood, is forthcoming in late 2016. In 2013, she became the first Young Poet Laureate for London. In 2016, she provided the poetry and film adaptation for Beyonce's visual album Lemonade.