“The verses come alive in the accretion of telling details” Jane Harris
Mary-Jane Holmes is a writer, teacher and editor dividing her time between the UK, Ireland, Spain and the Tex-Mex border of the USA. Since 2009 she has been chief editor of Fish Publishing, a publishing house dedicated to supporting emerging writers and is the director of the creative writing program at the retreat and writing centre: Casa Ana, Spain. In her spare time she is also editorial consultant at The Well Review, an international poetry journal based in Cork, Ireland that has published poets such as Anne Carson, Vona Groarke, Matthew Sweeney and John Burnside. She completed a masters in creative writing at Kellogg College, Oxford with distinction and her debut poetry collection is published by Pindrop Press
Mary-Jane is reading from the collection on 21st May at Kellogg College, Oxford, 8th June in Settle, North Yorkshire, Bantry, West Cork on Wednesday 18th July and O’Bheals, Cork City, Ireland on 1st October.
Publications and Competitions
A winner of The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2018 to be published later in the year.
Recent essay on poetry can be read here: Love the Blank Page
Disciplining the Modern Satyr shortlisted in the Five Word International Poetry competition and is published in the Five Words XI Anthology. Mary-Jane will be reading at Ó Bhéal, Cork later in October.
Work published in Ash Magazine
Winner of the Bridport Prize for Poetry: testimonial
First Prize in the Bedford International Poetry Prize
Winner of the Martin Starkie Prize for Poetry
Shortlisted for the Doolin Poetry Prize
Commended in the Settle Poetry Prize
Shortlisted for the Penfro Poetry Prize
Nominated for a Forward Prize
Weather Vane published in Flash Fiction Magazine Here:
Letter from a Mercury Prospector to His Wife in the Durham Dales. 1904 published in Myslexia Issue 76
Reflex Fiction: Postpartum
Published in Best Small Fictions 2016 edited by Tara Masih and Stuart Dybeck. Review can be found here: https://cecileswriters.wordpress.com/
Shortlisted for Bridport Poetry Prize
Work published in Lute and Drum poetry journal
Work Published in The Oxonian
Flash Fiction published in The Tishman Review
Flash Fiction published in The Lonely Crowd
Flash Fiction published in The Incubator
Short Story published in Prole Literary Journal
Triptych published in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
Flash Fiction published in JMWW Journal
Long listed for the Kathy Fish Fellowship
Winner of the Dromineer Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction
Interviews and comments:
Lemn Sissay’s judges report for Bridport 2017 : The winning poem is ‘Siren Call’. I am drawn to a bleak coastal town. I am drawn by sound. It is like a short film. Unsentimental. Brutal even. The writer draws us to sound from the outset. I am lured into listening. Through aural sensation the picture unfolds. It has all the detail of La Cite Des Enfants Perdus. Listen as the writer instructs “no not the familiar sounds”. The writer shakes the reader from complacency and into a Sirens Call. There’s a confidence of line. I am hypnotized by The Siren Call.