Jessica is a poet living in Kent for the last 8 years. She lived most of her adult life in London. She was brought up in Mumbles, Wales. Jessica is a poet of Bengali origin. She grew up in Wales. She has been published in many print and online journals including Agenda, Interpreter’s House, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar and Antiphon. Her pamphlet “Swell” was published by TellTale Press in 2016, JoyRide was published by Black Light Engine Room Press in 2017. Her poems appear in various anthologies including Templar 2016, Eyewear’s Best of British and Irish Poets 2017 and Paper Swans’ Chronicles of Eve. She won the Paragram Prize in 2016 for her poem The Beast. She was ‘highly commended’ for best single poem in Forward Prize 2017. Her first full collection, Flood, will be published in 2018 by Cultured Llama. Her second collection is forthcoming in 2019. Jessica is a board member of the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society and Co-Editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press. She has a background in Biological Anthropology and currently works in Public Health.
Jess is passionate about spreading the love of poetry into local communities and is part of a number of local writers’ groups. She is an active member of the Kent and Sussex Poetry Stanza and has run local workshops for local arts festivals. She is part of Fractal, an artists’ collective of Poets, Photographers and Artists in Tunbridge Wells.
Reviews of The Swell (Telltale Press 2016)
The Swell (Telltale Press 2016)
‘Darshan’ published in The North issue 57 (January 2017)
‘Seder’ published in The Interpreter’s House issue 62 (February 2016)
‘The Lascaux Caves’ published in Agenda vol 49 (March 2016)
‘Milk’ published in Tears in the Fence Issue 64 (September 2016)
‘Beast’, winner of Paragram Poetry Prize 2016 judged by Claire Dyer