Helen Bowell

Poet / Producer / Editor / Critic

Helen Bowell is a London-based writer. Her debut pamphlet of poems about 'the barman' is forthcoming from Bad Betty Press.

She is a co-director of Dead [Women] Poets Society, a live literature organisation which resurrects women poets of the past, and is currently on an Arts Council England funded national tour.

Helen is a Ledbury Poetry Critic and a graduate of The Writing Squad. She is an alumna of the London Library Emerging Writers programme, the London Writers Awards and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

In 2020, she won the Bronze Creative Future Writers’ Award and was commended in Mslexia's Poetry Competition. Her work has appeared in Ambit, Poetry Birmingham, harana poetry, bath magg, Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets and elsewhere. She was Poetry Business's first digital Poet in Residence in February 2021.

Helen works at The Poetry Society, where she edits Young Poets Network, sends poets into schools and brings general good vibes. She was a commended Foyle Young Poet in 2010 and 2011.

She's interested in nature/eco-poetry, theoretical physics, myth, dreamscapes and queerness. If you have any projects for her, get in touch.

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Latest projects...


Dead [Women] Poets Society - [Not] in London

We're at it again - the next Dead [Women] Poets Society digital séance is on 20 July! Incredible poet-necromancers Bridget Minamore and Nina Mingya Powles will be resurrecting Margaret Walker and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. I'll be hosting! Illustrations by Lily Arnold.