Katie Proctor

18 year old award-nominated poet

Katie Proctor (they/them) is a poet from Yorkshire, England. Since they can remember they have loved to write and nowadays, they write freeform poetry and prose often regarding their experience with love, relationships and mental health. Their debut collection of poetry, Seasons, was published in 2020, and their sophomore collection A Desire for Disaster will be published later this year, both by Hedgehog Poetry. They are the editor-in-chief of celestite poetry, a journal of creative writing and non-fiction. They are a student with a passion for literature, history and classics, and are a big fan of Shakespeare. They love to act and plan to study English Literature at university. You can find them on Twitter @katiiewrites and Instagram @katiiewrites.

“Katie Proctor’s Seasons is a collection of temporal elegant epiphanies well suited to a pandemic plagued culture. In Firsts, Proctor writes of the knowledge that shadows such experiences— ‘knowing nothing will ever be quite like this again’. She speaks of distanced lovers imagining touching flesh and pressing flowers of the other’s hometown into a book. The tactile details of this collection are timely in their taunts of the ‘melted endlessness’. Proctor describes in an empty infinity. It is both a precise description of the condition we are experiencing in the Covid era as well as a reminder that this is but another uncomfortable season that will eventually succumb to another.”

Kristin Garth, author of Puritan U Succubus Alumnus, Hedgehog Poetry, and Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream, TwistiT Press

Nominated for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets, the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the Pushcart Prize. Included in the Poetry Book Society Winter Selection.

Prices listed for physical copies are for UK only. If you live elsewhere, please get in touch with me and I can organise sending you a copy!

"This collection is so fresh you literally feel the soothing breeze take you through its twists and turns and struggles and acceptances and you’re left feeling all the better for having read it, like a summer shower after a heatwave. Seasons comes with all sensations and Katie Proctor has them all beautifully bundled up in here."

Damien Donnelly, author of Eat the Storms, Hedgehog Poetry

"I found this wonderful collection of poetry by Katie Proctor, a new and emerging talent on the UK poetry scene, to be vibrant, fresh and searingly honest. Every line speaks volumes, and every word in every line is carefully chosen to deliver an important message from Katie around the challenges in both their life and our lives, and it is a message we all need to hear. I have read these poems many times since buying this book, and each time I learn something different. It really makes one think. If you are reading this review your next step is to buy this book."

Brian McManus, author of Liar Liar and Blue Daze, Black Knights - the Story of Lockerbie

"Katie shifts effortlessly between the personal and the cosmic. Their poems are a sensory thunderbolt one minute and the next they're soft as mist on the English countryside. An incandescent debut."

Brendon Booth-Jones, author of Vertigo to Go and Open Letters to the Sky, Hedgehog Poetry

"I think it's just a gorgeous collection - so rich and beautifully crafted and full of such vivid images. The line that's stayed with me is 'some kind of ecstasy / and some kind of terror, lethal, / straight to the heart.' So good! I'm really impressed, and I know this is only the beginning of your publishing career. Huge congratulations."

Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series

Coming soon from Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021.

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