Marcelle's writing explores place and inheritance.
Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated, Bridport Prize shortlisted, runner up in the Walk.Listen.Create writing competition, and winner of the Poetry in the Arcades competition, her poems have been published in online and print magazines including Ink Sweat & Tears, Iamb poet, and Fly on the Wall Press. Her writing has featured in recent print anthologies by Black Bough Poetry, Maytree Press, Wild Pressed Books, Icefloe Press, and Indigo Dreams.
She is managing editor of Nightingale & Sparrow literary press, and was the coordinator for Gloucester Poetry Festival 2021.
Marcelle lives in Cardiff, Wales where she trained as an architect.
Managing Editor for Nightingale & Sparrow
Guest Editor for Black Bough Poetry, Summer edition 2023
Guest Editor for Feral: a Journal of Poetry and Art, 'Hunger' Issue, June 2022
Talking Place: a symposium, presentation of paper on urban micro-navigation, 2022
Competition judge for Stories from the eyes of an owl, Rare Swan Press, 2021
Co-editor of Pandemic Anthology, Yarnwhispering, 2020
Best of the Net 2023 - nominated - by Black Bough Poetry for ‘With my last exhale’, published as part of the Silver Branch Features Writer Series
Bridport Prize 2022 - shortlisted - for 'Dad was a typesetter'
Walk.Listen.Create ‘Walking Home’ writing competition, 2022 - runner-up - for 'Returning'
Pushcart Prize 2020 - nominated - by Black Bough Poetry for ‘Precious’, micro poem published in the the Underland themed ‘Deep Time Anthologies’
Poetry in the Arcades competition, 2020 - winner - ‘Arcade Hopping’ poem on permanent display within Morgan Arcade in Cardiff City Centre
Interviews, features, podcast and audio:
Just Another Poet Interview, youtube
Poetry book recommendations and blurbs:
‘Pierce Gonzalez’s ‘Coyote in the basket of my ribs’ is an exquisite exploration of restlessness. She expertly transcribes the sadness of the untameable, displaying a deep connection with wildness. Her coyote dream poems are intertwined with a delicate, involving understanding of loss, of dependency on the just out of reach, and the melding of domesticity and other.’
In this hand-finished, debut chapbook, from Ethel Zine, Moira J Saucer explores 19 poems, permitting an insight into a world of loss and discovery. Set over 15 years she reveals her experience through ‘a tent of opaque anguish’, while acknowledging buds of optimism. Her inclination to tend, despite the challenges, and pain, she faces, is apparent through these poignant and moving poems - ‘knitting wholeness together’. ‘Wiregrass’ the title poem, vividly shows the edge of human nature, living in the American Wastelands.‘
‘Incredibly powerful, an unashamed assertion of woman, ‘The Mask’ explores the exquisite intensity of desire. An intimate portrait of the cerebral and visceral meaning of yearning, Elisabeth’s lyricism urges uprising: the relinquishing and seizing of control. The rhythmical sense of abandon within these ekphrastic responses, intwined with Frida’s native Spanish, feed a lingering connection between the artist’s and poet’s tenacious spirits.’
‘Amantine’s ‘Falling Slowly’ promises a journey through longing, the unravelling of relationships, and the shifting patterns of desire for sensual connection. This beautiful affecting collection explores the uncovering of bodies which share intimacy, corporeal proximity of living and loss, the intoxication of dwelling and visceral affection, alongside the brutality of coercion and stratum of toxic behaviours. Layers of bougainvillea, midnight scents and sepia reflections of the Mesopotamic, travel these gathered poems of love and trauma, centred on a friend’s suicide, through nuanced expression and allegories of nature. Amantine expertly depicts though a lens of spontaneous lyrical language quiet lament, an innate yearning, and devotion to the human condition with all its delicacies. Her poems record the intent of a poem to be written, and the capacity of the feminine laced with discord. ‘