Alice Kavounas

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Alice Kavounas is a poet as well as creator of the new app, Words in Air. Her latest publication, Abandoned Gardens Selected & New Poems, follows Thin Ice and Ornament of Asia, all from Shearsman.
"Ornament of Asia speaks with disciplined eloquence of familiar territory: the poet's early years in Manhattan, her current home in Cornwall, her father's native Greece." (Natalie Pollard, TLS)
Born in Manhattan to Greek parents, Alice read English Literature at Vassar. She lives on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, following an intensely urban life in NY and London, teaches via the Poetry School, London, and is married to British historian Frederick Taylor. Over the years, her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Out of Fashion (selected by Carol Ann Duffy, Faber), Poems and Reading for Funerals (selected by Julia Watson, Penguin), Acumen, New England Review / Bread Loaf Quarterly, London Magazine, LRB, Magma, PN Review, The TLS, as well as broadcast on the BBC and ABC. Her short stories have been published in Granta and London Magazine.
Alice is working virtually, from the Lizard, building Words in Air, this unique poetry-in-place app, with Seattle-based developer John Kennedy. Available on the iOS platform,. for both iPhone and iPad, Words in Air maps a poem's source of inspiration. You can enjoy great poems, contemporary and classic, in the precise place which sparked the poet's inspiration. A world of poetry instantly in the palm of your hand. 
Words in Air has attracted over one thousand people in fifty-five countries since its 2013 launch. Simply tap 'Nearest Poem' to discover the poem closest to you. Read it in place, or as an armchair traveller, from wherever you happen to be. Travel back in time to Edinburgh with Shearsman poet Alasdair Paterson, from his collection on the governing of empires. Discover, and re-discover, much-loved work from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Delve into the vanished 19th century world of John Clare, quintessential poet of place. Tap into Andrew Motion's latest collection, The Customs House: two moving poems by the former Poet Laureate from 1999-2009. Visit Helen Mort's Division Street, short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Alice and John are creating a mApp which will embrace the UK. She urges you to explore, through the lens of great poetry, areas of the country new to you, as well as your own familiar landscape — which could hold more than a few delightful surprises! 
Click here to access Words in Air at iTunes.

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