“one of Europe’s most interesting young poets.”
Steven J Fowler


Astra is a PhD student at the University of Surrey with focus in the experimental tradition across poetry, visual art and performance. She is a widely-published author with work featured in UK and international magazines including Ambit, Magma Poetry and Buzdokuz. Astra is the author of several pamphlets including Stargazing (Guillemot Press), and her work has been translated into Russian, Slovenian and Spanish.


Astra currently delivers experimental poetry workshops at the University for the Creative Arts and works at The Poetry Society's Poetry Review. She is also a founder of Poem Atlas, and has curated several visual poetry exhibitions across the UK. She won the Pebeo Mixed Media Art Prize in 2016, and her visual work has been showcased at contemporary visual exhibitions at the National Poetry Library and the Museum of Futures in London amongst other venues. 

Short Bio:                                          


Currently based in London

Born 1991, Greece



2019-2022, University of Surrey, PhD in Experimental Poetics

2016-2017, Royal Holloway University of London, MA Poetic Practice

2009-2013, University of Surrey, BA (Hons) Theatre Studies


2018 - now, Editorial Assistant (freelance) at The Poetry Review

2019 - now, Editor at Pamenar Press

2019-2020, Poetry Editor at WhyNow Magazine



2020, Astropolis (expanded edition) by Hesteglock Press

2020, Co-edited Temporary Spaces (anthology) by Pamenar Press

2019, Blockplay (pamphlet), published by Hesterglock Press

2019, Stargazing (pamphlet), published by Guillemot Press

2019, Perseverance Valley Interrupted (chapbook), published by Stegosaurus

2019, Almost a Dream (chapbook), published by Sampson Low

2019, Imprints We Leave Behind (chapbook), published by Gang Press

2018, Clockwork (pamphlet), published by Ampersand Publishing

2018, Astropolis (pamphlet), published by HVTN Press

2017, Almost a Nightmare (chapbook), published by Sampson Low


Contribution in Anthologies:

2020, Chris Holmes: Hidden in Chaos by Trope

2020, Green Blues by Dovetail Press

2020, Instagram Poetry for Every Day by National Poetry Library

2020, Writing Utopia by Hesterglock Press

2020, Temporary Spaces by Pamenar Press

2019, O Moon Moon Cento by The Poetry Society

2019, Dirt by Corrupted Poetry

2019, Europoe by Kingston University Press

2019, Berfrois: The Book by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

2018, The Creel by Guillemot Press

2018, No, Robot, No! by Sidekick Books

2018, Wretched Strangers by Boiler House Press

2018, Bedford Square Anthology 11 by Ward Wood

Printed & Online Magazine appearances include:

3:am magazine, Alterity, Ambit, Anthropocene Journal, Babel Tower Notice Board, Berfrois Magazine, Burning House Press, Buzdokuz, Crisiology, Cuntry Living Zine, DatableedZine, Dusie, Eborakon Journal, Erotoplasty, Fur lined Ghettos, Harana 

Poetry, НОЖ, HTVN Magazine, Kanstellation Magazine, Magma Poetry, Mercurius Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, Pamenar Press Magazine, Periodicities Journal, Perspektiv, Petrichor Journal, Queen Mob's Tea House, Stag Hill Journal, Streetcake Magazine, Stride Magazine, Synchronised Chaos Magazine, Tangerine Magazine, Tears in the Fence, The Abandoned Playground, The Projectionist's Playground, The Times, ToCall Magazine, Visual Verse, ZenoMagazine

Performed in the UK venues including:

504 Arch London, Avivson Gallery, Beehive Tottenham, Betsey Trotwood, Café OTO, CanvasCafé, Chener Books, Conway Hall, Dutch Church, Gulbenkian, 

Harrison Pub London, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Iklectik London, Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel, Libreria London, Museum of Futures, Nell of Drury, Rich Mix, Peckham Pelican, Rose Theatre Kingston, Second Shelf Books, South London Gallery, Senate House, Sterts Arts Centre, The Crown Tavern, The Poetry Café, The Spike Guildford, Torriano Meeting House, Westminster Reference Library,

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Performed international venues including:

Einbaumöbel (Vienna), Klub Gromka (Ljubljana)


Arvis Viguls, Ellie Tsatsou, Emily Russell Thomas, Dacy Lim, Henriette Støren, Lina Buividavičiūtė, Maria Sledmere, Michal Piotrowski, Muanis Sinanović, Oliver Fox, Phoebe Power, Sarah Dawson, Sean Tomlin, Matthew Haigh, Nial Firth, Vik Shirley, John Kilburn

Festival and Poetry Series Appearances

artBLAB London, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Contraband Live, Dead Women Poets Society, Dirt, Enemies Project, European Poetry Festival, Free Verse Poetry Book Fair, Guillotine, IGNOR Festival, PRAXIS, Small Publishers’ Fair, Theatre of Failure, The Poetry Society's Poem-A-Thon, Writers' Centre Kingston Camarade, Xing the Line


2019, Shortlisted for the Zealous Mixed Media Art Prize, UK

2018, Not the Not the Booker Prize winner, UK

2017, Commended at the YPN Edgelands challenge, UK

2016, Pébéo Mixed Media Art Prize winner, UK

Group Exhibitions

2020, Hesterglock Press Exhibition, Neck of the Woods Cafe, Bristol

2020, Poetry Illustrated: a Teenagers View, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton

2020, Temporary Spaces, The Poetry Society's Café, London

2020, Double Six, Kingston Museum, Kingston

2019, Blockplay Group Exhibition, The Poetry Cafe, London

2019, The Yellow Book Exhibition, Westminster Reference Library

2019, Behind the mask, Another mask, October Gallery, London

2019, Groving: Acts of Resistance, Street Exhibition in Bury St Edmunds

2019, The Poet's Brut Group Exhibition, The Poetry Cafe, London

2019, Poetography Exhibition, Museum of Futures, London

2019, Love Tokens and Bad Pennies Exhibition at #unsettledgallery, London

2018, Ampersand poetry & art evening, 504 Arch, London

2018, Instagram Poetry Exhibition, National Poetry Library, London

2018, Scribbling & Scrawling Exhibition, Museum of Futures, London

2016, Pébéo Art Exhibition, A&D Gallery, London

2014, Pro Arté International Group Exhibition, The Studio, Guildford

2013, Group Student Design Show, Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford

2013, Pro Arté International Group Exhibition, The Studio, Guildford


2019, Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency, Bodmin

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