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An evening of readings to celebrate new books from Azad Ashim, E.P. Jenkins, Sam Quill and Kashif Sharma-Patel.

Broken Sleep Books hosted an evening of poetry readings to celebrate the launch of Azad Ashim Sharma’s Ergastulum: Vignettes of Lost Time, E. P. Jenkins’s Rituals, Sam Quill’s Hey Ho the White Swan By God I Am Thy Man and Kashif Sharma-Patel’s relief i willed it (Gong Farm, 2021).

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Azad Ashim Sharma is based in South London. He is the director of the87press. His work includes Against the Frame (Barque Press, 2017) and the forthcoming collections of poetry and prose Ergastulum (Broken Sleep Books, 2022) and Boiled Owls (Nightboat Books, 2023). His poems have been published recently by Stand Magazine, the Asian American Writers Workshop and Gutter Magazine. His prose has been published by SPAMzine, MIR Online, Magma Magazine and is forthcoming in the Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Poetry in Ireland and the UK. Azad is currently a PhD Candidate in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London and is producing a novel and a book of critical theory.

E.P Jenkins is a poet and artist based in Kent, a recent graduate of Royal Holloway’s Poetic Practice MA and editor of Coven Poetry. E.P’s work can be found in Streetcake Magazine, Osmosis Press, Full House Literary Review, the anthologies Harpies (2018), and Rewilding: An Eco Poetic Anthology (2020) and in recordings with Stay at Home Fest and Babel Tower Notice Board . Her debut collection Rituals is published with Broken Sleep Books (2022). Her book work Splendid Stomach can be found in The Wellcome Collection, Senate House Library, and National Poetry Library. She is a big witchy weirdo inspired by folklore, contemporary and historical medicine, and crafts as a method for poetic generation

Kashif Sharma-Patel is a writer, poet and editor at the87press. They work at the interface of sonic, visual and written cultures with particular reference to queer and racialised experimental work. Pamphlets include relief I willed it (Gong Farm, 2021), fragments on mutability (Earthbound Press, 2020), and Suburban Finesse co-authored with Ashwani Sharma and Azad Ashim Sharma (Sad Press, 2021). Kashif has also written music, art, and literary criticism for Artforum, Wire Magazine, The Quietus, AQNB, and more.

Sam Quill’s poems have appeared in PN Review, the Next Review, Blackbox Manifold, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal and on the LRB bookshop blog, among other places. His debut pamphlet, Hey Ho The White Swan By God I Am Thy Man, will be published on 31th January 2022 by Broken Sleep Books. He has recently contributed a chapter on the Peterloo Massacre to English Rebels and Revolutionaries (Pen and Sword, 2022) and is writing a kind of true crime memoir.