Miss Sarah Cave

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Sarah Cave is PhD student at Royal Holloway writing a practice-based thesis which focusses on the intersection between poetry and prayer in contemporary experimental writing and avant-garde poetry. She holds a first-class BA in English with Creative Writing from Falmouth University and a distinction for her Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway. She was awarded a college studentship in 2018. Her research interests include monastic poets, glossolalia, religious vocation, 20th century avant-garde poetics, 21st century contemporary poetics, Christian post-humanism, queer theology, Gnosticism, negative theology, Marian mediation and occult poetics.  

Sarah is currently working toward her third collection of poetry. She has previously published three pamphlets and two collections of poetry: Cast on Ice (Smallminded Press), Impossible Songs (Flashback Analogue), like fragile clay (Guillemot Press), An Arbitrary Line (Broken Sleep Books) and Perseverance Valley (Knives, Forks and Spoons). In January 2020, she published A Confusion of Marys (Shearsman Books) a collaboration with Rupert M. Loydell. 

Sarah’s poetry, prose and criticism has appeared in various magazines and journals including, Poetry London, Shearsman, Oxford Poetry, Datableed and The Clearing. Her poem ‘Untitled (Unwanted)’ was commended by the Verve Poetry Festival Competition. In 2017, Sarah was poet-in-residence at the Charles Causley house in Launceston. In 2017, 2018 & 2019, she was poet-in-residence at the Hillfort School, Liskeard sponsored by the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. Sarah also co-curates Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival’s Guillemot day and has been instrumental in bringing poets of international interest (such as Rae Armantrout, Luke Kennard, Holly Pester, Jen Hadfield, Katrina Porteous, John F Deane & Redell Olsen) into Cornwall. 

Sarah's work has appeared in or is due to appear in several exhibitions including The Summer Showcase at Poets House in New York, Kate Walters Notes in the Garden at Tremenhere Sculpture Gardens, The Yellow Book Exhibition at Westminster Reference Library and the Blockplay popup exhibition at the Poetry Society. 

Sarah is an editor of Guillemot Press, which won the Michael Marks award for ‘Best Publisher’ and has published multiple UK-based and international authors, including Rosmarie Waldrop, John F Deane, Robert Lax, Isabel Galleymore, Jen Hadfield, JR Carpenter, Peter Larkin and Keith Waldrop, with special attention to quality of publication i.e. papers, design and support for writer-illustrator collaboration.


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