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Jo Colley

  • Northern Promise Award, 2007
Jo Colley

Jo Colley is a writer and digital learning designer who lives in Darlington. She has worked as a poet and prose writer with Tees Valley Arts and New Writing North on several projects, running creative writing sessions with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is also reader in residence for both the Darlington and Durham Book Groups, in association with New Writing North.

Described by SJ Litherland as “a thrilling, audacious poet,” she has been published by Vane Women, Ek Zuban and Salt and her next collection, Bones of Birds, is due out with Smokestack in 2014. Recently, she has had poems published in Black Light Engine Room, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept (Red Squirrel Press) and Ink on Paper (mudfog /mima). In 2011, she came second in the Biscuit Flash Fiction Competition. Her poem Welcome to the Hotel Caledonia was Diamond Twig’s poem of the month in October 2008.
Jo has made several poetry films and multimedia events to accompany her readings. For an example of one of her short films, see http://johopper.blogspot.co.uk/2009_01_01_archive.html.
Jo is one of the editors of Other Poetry. She is also an event organiser: she set up and ran Hydrogen Jukebox at Darlington Arts Centre for six years, was a member of the committee for Colpitts Poetry from 1999 to 2012, and more recently, has produced Babel, a poetry and music event at The Forum in Darlington.
Publications
As If (Vane Women, 2002)
Punchdrunk (Ek Zuban, 2005)
Weeping for The Lovely Phantoms (Salt, 2007)
Online
Website: www.jocolley.co.uk
twitter: @jocolley
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