About

Me reading at Eyewear 

I was born in New Malden, Surrey, in 1966, read Philosophy at the University of Ulster, work for a local authority children’s services provider in south-west London and live in Thames Ditton.

My first collection of poems, The Evening Entertainment, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2017.

My poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in (amongst others) 14, Butcher’s Dog, The Honest Ulsterman, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Magma, The North, Nth Position, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Rialto, The Wardrobe, and The Best New British and Irish Poets for both 2016 and 2017.

I’m a member of the Red Door Poets and was selected to be a participant on two consecutive Poetry Business Writing School programmes.

I am also the author of two haiku collections – The Regulars (2006) and The Lammas Lands (2015) – and co-writer/editor (with John Barlow) of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (2008), all published by Snapshot Press.

My haiku and senryu have been anthologised in The Humours of Haiku and the Iron Book of British Haiku (both Iron Press), The New Haiku and Where the River Goes (both Snapshot Press), Haiku in English: the First Hundred Years (WW Norton), Off the Beaten Track (Boatwhistle Books) and Stepping Stones (British Haiku Society).

I co-edited Presence haiku journal, and have co-presented, or led workshops, on haiku for the Essex Poetry Festival, the Haiku North America conference 2007 and Poetry South. With Ferris Gilli, Paul MacNeil and Ron Moss, I twice won the Grand Prize of the Haiku Society of America’s Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Award.

I have also contributed to The Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’ column.

I can be contacted by email, and I occasionally tweet at @MatthewPaulPoet.

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