Paul Stephenson is a British poet who grew up in Cambridge, England. He studied modern languages and linguistics then European Studies. Though he has spent the last 15 years working abroad, including most recently for three years in Paris, he regularly attends poetry readings and workshops in London and across the UK, including the fortnightly Coffee-House Poetry readings at the Troubadour. He has published poems in journals including Magma, Poetry London, The Rialto and The North, as well as the experimental anthology ‘Adventures in Form‘ (Penned in the Margins, 2012).
Paul spent 5 years in London and was a member of the monthly workshop group ‘Highgate Poets‘ and fortnightly group ‘Lamb Poets’. He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2013-14, mentored by Patience Agbabi. He ‘graduated’ from the Poetry Business Writing School in Sheffield run by Peter and Ann Sansom. In November 2014, he was one of the Aldeburgh Eight and subsequently a winner in the 2014/2015 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition judged by US poet Billy Collins. His first pamphlet ‘Those People‘ (Smith/Doorstop) was published in May 2015. His second pamphlet ‘The Days that Followed Paris‘ was published by HappenStance in October 2016. He is doing an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with the Manchester Writing School.
With Niall Campbell, Samantha Jackson (mentees) and Patience Agbabi (mentor), during the first week of the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme at the Arvon writing retreat, Totleigh Barton, Devon, UK, in March 2013. With Peter Sansom, Michael Laskey and the Aldeburgh Eight at Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk, in November 2014.
“Paul Stephenson is another poet who has been winning national awards and publishing widely in journals. Paul’s work is often highly experimental, pushing the boundaries of forms received and invented […] Other, more personal poems, tease out the liminal awkwardness of adolescence. Using words as footholds, Paul’s poems stride confidently into thrilling, uncharted terrain.” Robert Peake, The Huffington Post