The Wee Sparrow Team
EIC and founder of The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press, Claire Thom.
Claire is a Scottish poet, writer, and teacher based in the south of Spain. She has had poems published by several indie presses and she was long-listed for the Erbacce Poetry Prize in 2021, 2022 and 2023. She is also a Haiku Foundation Touchstone Award for Individual Poems nominee and the author of the children´s book Fox & Dog Pangram Pals.
Co-editor, Marc Brimble.
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Marc is based in Spain.
Find some of Marc´s poems here - https://marcbrimble.substack.com/
Co-editor Across The Pond, John Tessitore.
John has been a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, and a biographer. He has taught British and American history and literature at colleges around Boston and has directed national policy studies on education, civil justice, and cultural policy. He has published poems in journals including the The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Ekphrastic Review and Wild Roof among others, and in anthologies by Sunday Mornings at the River and The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press. He has also published three chapbooks available at www.johntessitore.com.
Visual Media Director, Stuart Beveridge.
The wonderful photograph on the front cover of our debut anthology, "Hope is a Group Project", is a fine example of Stuart´s creative talent. Stuart writes, draws and paints from his home in the North West of England. He is always looking for fun collaborations and dreams of making a difference. He also co-hosts Natter, a warm and welcoming open mic night in Bolton. You can find more examples of Stuart´s artwork here https://bradshawbirds.etsy.com
Co-editor and curator of our haiku anthology, To Live Here, Giorgia Di Pancrazio.
Giorgia is an Italian writer and Japanologist based in Manchester (UK). In 2022, Giorgia and her partner, Bradley Ford, founded "The Haiku Project": an alternative pathway to wellbeing that invites their online community to reconnect with nature by practising haiku writing. The Haiku Project organises free online and in-person workshops regularly. Giorgia is particularly interested in languages and cultures (she speaks Italian, Spanish, and she has some basic knowledge of French and Japanese).
Co-editor and curator of our haiku anthology, To Live Here, Katherine E Winnick.
Katherine is a haiku and senryu poet published in six countries in various journals, ezines, magazines and anthologies. Katherine is based in Brighton UK and works for Fabrica Art Gallery. She will also take on the role as proofreader for The Wee Sparrow´s water anthology.
Co-editor of our forthcoming water anthology, Ourselves in Rivers and Oceans, Sarah Jeannine Gawthrop.
Sarah is an editor, creative writing student (BFA) and published poet. Her first poetry collection, Topophilia: A Strong Sense of Place, was inspired by her home on the west coast of Canada. Sarah's goal with writing is to awaken an appreciation of nature in her readers, especially forests. She often writes in her local woods while walking with her Goldendoodle, Sophie. Find her on Instagram @sarahjeanninewrites.
Editor and curator of our forthcoming digital zine, Roots, Romina Ramos.
Romina is a Portuguese writer, poet, editor and barista living in the North of England. They are passionate about coffee, poetry and community. They confounded The Door’s Open, a community interest company dedicated to making the arts accessible to all, Natter, an inclusive open mic night held in Bolton’s Portuguese independent coffee shop Th3 Guys, and The Re-draft Podcast, a podcast by writers for writers getting to the nitty gritty of the writing process. Once upon a time Romina spent a decade working as a chef, and now has too many fingers in too many pies.
Editor and judge of our Ekphrastic Challenges, Emily Tee.
After a working life spent with numbers Emily now writes, mainly poems and flash fiction. She's been published in a variety of places online including The Ekphrastic Review and Visual Verse and in print with Dreich, Poetry Scotland and in The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press's "Hope is a Group Project" anthology. Emily enjoys responding to artwork prompts and also writes about nature, the environment and society. Originally from Northern Ireland, she has lived in England for many years with her English husband.
Copy editor of our forthcoming anthology, Facing Goodbye, Ellen Rowland.
Ellen creates, concocts and forages when she’s not writing poetry inspired by the natural world and the human spirit. She leads small, generative workshops on craft and form and is the author of two collections of haiku, Light, Come Gather Me and Blue Seasons. Her debut collection of full-length poems, No Small Thing, was published by Fernwood Press in 2023. She lives off the grid with her family on an island in Greece. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook
Executive Audio Producer of The Wee Sparrow Poetry Podcast, Will Stevenson.
Will is a poet, podcaster, audio editor and teacher of reading. He is the co-founder of the arts focused Re-Draft podcast and the CIC of The Door’s Open, creating social change through the arts. His work has been displayed in pamphlets, books and on museum walls. He has also shouted it very loudly from microphones in pubs, churches, squats and fields. He is also the co-host of Manchester’s Switchblade Poetry night.