Introductions

Osmosis Press was established in early 2021 with an aim to muddy the boundaries between categorisations of contemporary writing practice. We publish work that resists the definition of poetry, novel, short story, non-fiction, memoir, and everything in-between. We publish poetry that does not map onto the expectations of what poetry can be. We publish fiction that reconsiders the possibilities of prose – or resists prose entirely. We believe non-fiction can take any form.

Editor in Chief: Briony Hughes

Briony Hughes (she/her) is a AHRC funded doctoral researcher and visiting tutor based at Royal Holloway. She is interested in kinetic movement in language, water bodies, the archive, and site-specific writing. Briony’s publications include Dorothy (Broken Sleep Books) and Microsporidial (Sampson Low). She is a founding member of the Crested Tit Collective, and editor of Rewilding: An Ecopoetic Anthology

Briony established Osmosis Press alongside her PhD, in which she is exploring the possibilities of a hydropoetic landscape materialised through shared influence and language.

Editor: Dr Saskia McCracken

Saskia McCracken (she/her) is a writer and editor based in Glasgow. She is a member of the 12 collective and the Victoria Writers’ Circle. Her publications include Imperative Utopia (-algia press 2021) and Zero Hours (Broken Sleep Books 2022). In 2021, she won the Floresta poetry prize and was longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction prize. Her work appears in publications including MagmaDatableedAmberflora, and Zarf, and has been anthologised by Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Essence Press, and Spam Press. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow on Virginia Woolf’s Darwinian animal tropes. @SaskiadeRM and https://saskiamccracken.wordpress.com/ 

Advisor: Dr Isabella Streffen

Isabella is an artist working on experimental criticism, perception and the slippery territories of desire. In pursuit of these interests she has illuminated Hadrian’s Wall from end-to-end, staged a dogfight with prototype drones Hawk & Dove in the Library of Congress, camouflaged tourists in Monet’s Garden, chased vampires in the Palais Garnier, followed Sophie Calle to Venice in a blonde wig, looked at the world through the lens of a cow, performed in cabaret en unicorne, transformed apples into gold, taxonomized her desires and conducted a love affair with a bot. She received her PhD from Newcastle University in 2012, and currently convenes the MA Fine Art at De Montfort University. Fabulae: How It Begins, her lyric research on mythography, will be published in 2022. She was previously Contributing Editor for Non-fiction at 3am, and co-editor of The And Or Project from 2014-19.

Advisor: Rachel Neithercut

Rachel (she/they) lives near the Peak District, where she writes poetry and prose and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at MMU. She enjoys work that experiments with form and genre, and often turns to cut-ups and found material for inspiration. Her work has been published online in places such as Beir BuaStreetcake Magazine and Babel Tower Notice Board, and included in the Nine Pens Press Hair Raising Anthology. She also likes to knit which, being 10% creativity and 90% perseverance, is much like writing. She can be found on twitter @stars_crickets.

Advisor: Dr Agata Maslowska

Agata Maslowska is a writer and a translator. She was born in Poland and lives in Scotland. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Edinburgh Review, New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, amberflora, Blackbox Manifold, Interpreter’s House,
algia
, among others, and been anthologized in Glasgow (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, forthcoming). She is the recipient of the Hawthornden Writing Fellowship and the Gillian Purvis Award for New Writing. She holds a PhD in English Literature
and Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. You can find her at @AgataMaslowska on Twitter. More info on https://agatamaslowska.co.uk/.

Advisor: Jayd Green

Jayd Green (she/her) is a writer and researcher from Suffolk. Her poem ‘Dunwich Woods’ won the Student New Angle Prize in 2018, and her poetry has been published in Anthropocene Poetry Journal and Foliate Oak as well as performed at various festivals in Suffolk and Norfolk. She holds a BA Hons in English from the University of Suffolk, and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She is currently undertaking her PhD which explores the pastoral, nature writing, and rewilding.

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