Katie Ailes is a poet and PhD candidate currently based in Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the performance of authentic selfhood in contemporary UK spoken word poetry. Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the UK, including at the StAnza and Wickerman festivals, Rally & Broad, and St Mungo’s Mirrorball. She organises, composes, and performs with the spoken word collective Loud Poets, including touring with them to the Brighton, Prague, and Edinburgh festivals. She is a former co-editor of Quotidian literary magazine and is currently co-piloting the Scottish Poetry Library Ambassadors programme. She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and was published in the House of Three anthology series in 2016.
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