Katie Ailes is a poet and scholar currently based in Edinburgh. She grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania before attending Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where she studied English, Dance, and Education. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 and moved to Glasgow to study for her MRes at the University of Strathclyde on a UK-US Fulbright Award. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at Strathclyde, where her research focuses on the performance of authentic selfhood in contemporary U.K. spoken word poetry. An active spoken word artist, Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the U.K., including at the StAnza and Wickerman festivals, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, 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 co-organised the Poetic Politics conference at the NLS (Sep. 2015) and co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath Press, 2016). She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and was published in the House of Three anthology series in 2016. Katie is currently being mentored by Liz Lochhead through the 2015-16 Clydebuilt programme.


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