Vik Shirley  is a poet from Bristol. She has been published or has work forthcoming in Shearsman Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, HVTN, Zarf, The Interpreters House, Tears in the Fence and in the Dostoevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol pamphlet. A poem of hers was commended in the Verve ‘City Poems’ Poetry Competition, judged by Luke Kennard, and was published in the associated anthology, It All Radiates Outwards.

In 2018, Vik took part in a Poem Brut event at Spike Island performing a piece inspired by Elliot O’Donnell, the Irish, Bristol-based ghost hunter and she presented a paper on Tim Key at the Poetry and TV Conference at Birmingham University. She also previously performed an experimental poem written in response to Lorca’s ‘The Cry’ at Frome Festival. In the past, her work has been championed and published online by The Royal West of England Academy and The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. She has performed at Verve Poetry Festival, the Arnolfini and Poetry Swindon Festival.

Vik has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

You can read two poems published last year in Queen Mob’s Teahouse HERE and listen to her reading her poem, I fell in love with a Braun electric shaver, also published in The Interpreter’s House, on the a poem a week podcast.
Or read it here: HERE

Verve anthology cover