voidspace spotlight: interview with Mark Ward (HIKE)

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Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks, Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020), the prose/haiku/hybrid HIKE (Bear Creek Press, 2022), the online Choose Your Own Adventure sonnet Faultlines (Voidspace, 2022) and a full-length collection, Nightlight (Salmon Poetry, 2023). His poems have been featured in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, Boyne Berries, Skylight47, The Honest Ulsterman, Assaracus, Tincture, Cordite, Softblow and many more, as well as anthologies, the most recent of which is Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry. He was Highly Commended in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and in 2020 he was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize and selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. In 2021, he was awarded a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. He has recorded poems for RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena and The Poetry Programme, Lyric FM’s Poetry File and the podcast Words Lightly Spoken. He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, an international journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its sixth year