Paul Stephenson grew up in Cambridge, England. He studied modern languages and linguistics, then European studies. He has lived in France, Spain and Belgium, and most recently spent three years in Paris. He took part in the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme in 2013-14, working with Patience Agbabi, and completed the Sheffield Writing School. He was one of the Aldeburgh Eight in 2014 and a winner of the 2014/2015 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition. His first pamphlet Those People (Smith/Doorstop) was published in May 2015. His second pamphlet The Days that Followed Paris appeared with HappenStance in October 2016. He teaches at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Facebook knows my whereabouts:
It looks like you’re in the area affected
by the Paris Terror Attacks.
I am asked to check-in.
I am asked to confirm I’m safe.
It appears on the feed.
Friday night and within an hour
I’ve received sixty ‘likes’. I feel sick
at the attention, the show of concern.
Julie is safe.
Nicolas is safe.
Amy is safe.
Xavier is safe.
Ricardo is safe.
Scott is safe.
Kate is safe.
Emily is safe.
Jason has yet to confirm.
From The Days that Followed Paris (HappenStance, 2016)