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Isabelle Baafi

Board Member
Isabelle Baafi is a writer and poet from London. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe (ignitionpress, 2020), was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2021. She was the winner of the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and the 2020 Bridport Prize for Poetry.

Leo Boix

Board Member
Leo Boix is a Latino-British poet. He is a fellow of The Complete Works Program and co-director of Invisible Presence, a scheme to nurture new Latinx writers. His poems are widely published.

David Floyd

Finance
David Floyd lives in London and is Managing Director of Social Spider CIC. His pamphlets are Protest (Hearing Eye, 2011) and War in the Playground (Hearing Eye, 2003).

Ella Frears

Board Member
Ella Frears is a poet and artist originally from Cornwall, now based in London. Her debut collection Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books, 2020) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
Susannah Hart

Susannah Hart

Vice-chair
Susannah Hart is a London-based poet who also works as a business writer. Her debut collection Out of True won the Live Canon First Collection Prize in 2018. She won first prize in the 2020 National Poetry Competition and was commended in the 2021 competition. Susannah has been a trustee of Magma since 2015.
Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly

Co-Chair
Lisa Kelly is half Danish and has single-sided deafness from childhood mumps. Her pamphlets are From the IKEA Back Catalogue (New Walk Editions, 2021), Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press, 2018) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye, 2012). Her poems appear in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII and her debut collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019. She is learning British Sign Language.
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Rob A Mackenzie

Reviews
Rob A. Mackenzie has published two pamphlets and two full collections, most recently The Good News (Salt, 2013). He is Magma's reviews editor and co-organises the monthly Edinburgh live poetry event, Vespers.

Fiona Moore

Distribution & Bookshops
Fiona Moore’s first collection The Distal Point (HappenStance) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2019 T S Eliot and Seamus Heaney Prizes. She edited Magma 72, the Climate Change Issue.
Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl Moskowitz

Board Member
Cheryl Moskowitz is a US born UK based poet, translator and novelist. Trained in dramatherapy and psychodynamic counselling she runs writing projects in various health-care, educational and community settings. Her most recent publication is the pamphlet Maternal Impression published by Against the Grain Poetry Press 2021.
Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson

Subscriptions
Helen, a founder member of the Magma team, now lives in Fife. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at St Andrews and is enjoying exploring the vibrant Scottish poetry scene. Helen takes the lead for Magma on privacy and data protection.

Gboyega Odubanjo

Co-Chair
Gboyega Odubanjo was born and raised in east London. He is the author of two poetry pamphlets: While I Yet Live and Aunty Uncle Poems.

Stav Poleg

Website
Stav Poleg’s poetry has appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, in The New Yorker, Poetry London and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. A selection of her work is featured in Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII. Her graphic-novel installation, Dear Penelope, created with artist Laura Gressani, was acquired by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Yvonne Reddick

Friends of Magma
Yvonne Reddick is the author of Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet and Translating Mountains. She has received a Northern Writer’s Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, a commendation in the 2018 National Poetry Competition and the Peggy Poole Award. Her pamphlet Spikenard is a Laureate’s Choice. She lectures in Creative Writing.

Selina Rodrigues

Board Member
Selina Rodrigues’ poetry collections are The Visitors (Wild Pressed Books) and Ferocious (Smokestack). She is an experienced facilitator and poet-in-residence and co-hosts the Shuffle at The Poetry Cafe. Selina has a particular interest and passion for diversity and believes creativity exists in all people and places.
Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith

Company Secretary
Laurie Smith helped start Magma in 1994, has edited 9 issues, been Chair and is now Company Secretary.  He co-leads the Let's Think in English programme at King's College London and teaches literature at the City Lit.
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