Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, is a day-glo queero techno eco poet, tutor & facilitator. He has published widely in journals and won or shortlisted in major competitions. His debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow was published with tall-lighthouse in February 2021 and his debut collection, This Fruiting Body, with Nine Arches in October. He holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) and tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals – (usually) hosting groups in schools, museums, care homes, science centres and festival yurts.
Annie Reid is the Narrative Director of Ubisoft.
Keynote: World Building for the 21st century
Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, an inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. Dialogue Books is a home for a variety of stories from illuminating voices often missing from the mainstream. Sharmaine was the recipient of the Future Book Publishing Person of the Year 2018 and is inspired by innovative storytelling, and has worked in public relations, bookselling, events management and TV scouting. She was the literary editor of ELLE and set up her own bookshop and creative agency when living in Berlin. Sharmaine serves on the boards of The Black Cultural Archives, The Watershed and is a founding organiser of The Black Writers Guild. Home is London, she lives in Berlin and her roots are Jamaican – Sharmaine is proud to be part of the African diaspora and books make her feel part of the world.
Kathi Inman Berens, Associate Professor of Book Publishing and Digital Humanities at Portland State University, is co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4. She is co-author of Immersive Media and Books 2020, the first study to examine how readers engage with books in a broad media ecosystem that includes streaming media and videogames. In 2014-15, Berens was the U.S. Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture to Norway. She has co-exhibited e-literature at the U.S. Library of Congress and designed media arts shows. As a Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, she did funded research about synchronous video learning a decade before COVID made it urgent. She’s appeared on numerous podcasts and webinars. Her essays have appeared in a wide range of scholarly, trade professional, and avant-garde publications. She bike commutes and does yoga outside.