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Write of the Month: JP Seabright for March 2022

I am such a fan of JP, everything she does is an adventure, and she's inspired me on so many occasions to push my form and format that little bit extra out beyond my comfort zone!

The Writer

JP Seabright (she/they) is a queer writer living in London. They have three pamphlets published: Fragments from Before the Fall: An Anthology in Post-Anthropocene Poetry by Beir Bua Press; the erotic memoir NO HOLDS BARREDby Lupercalia Press, and GenderFux, a collaborative poetry pamphlet, by Nine Pens Press. They were nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2021. More info at and via Twitter @errormessage.

The Poem

Inspiration behind the poem

When collaborating on the poetry pamphlet GenderFux with Jem Henderson and Jonathan Kinsman (launched online by Nine Pens Press on 27th February), I was thinking a lot about the key moments in my own experiences of gender and sexual identity. The song Protection by Massive Attack was a big hit when I was at University, coming out around the same time I also came out, or at least became more open and comfortable about who I am, and who I may choose to love. Somehow all these memories and milestones coalesced in this poem, along with other key moments in queer history from that year, such as Derek Jarman’s untimely death from AIDS, the height of protests against the discriminatory Section 28, and the attempts in UK law to equal the age of consent for gay men.

JP Seabright's books are available from Beir Bua Press, Nine Pens Press and Lupercalia Press. You can connect with her on Twitter or Instagram.

Disclaimer: EMC's Writer of the Month series seeks to promote the artist and their featured writing and is in no way an endorsement of any of said artist's services, opinions or other work outside of this feature.

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