Poetry

My poems usually engage with the themes of motherhood, the body, illness, sexuality, family and/or the natural world.

Naming Bones, my first pamphlet, was published by ignitionpress in 2019. It was named as one of the 44 Poetry Books of the Year in Poetry Wales, and was one of PBS pamphlet selector A.B. Jackson’s three ‘other favourites’ for Winter 2019. ignitionpress is based at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and won the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award in 2021. The pamphlet is available here:

https://shop.brookes.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences/poetry-pamphlets/naming-bones-by-joanna-ingham

My second pamphlet, Ovarium, will be published by The Emma Press in June 2022.

My poetry has appeared widely in print magazines and journals including The Alchemy Spoon, Ambit, Brittle Star, Butcher’s Dog, Envoi, Fenland Poetry Journal, The Fenland Reed, Finished Creatures, Iota, Lighthouse, Magma, Mslexia, The North, Poetry Birmingham, Poetry Wales, Smoke, Under the Radar and BBC Wildlife. It has been published online at And Other Poems, Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House and MIROnline. Poems have also featured in ‘Poet’s Corner’ in The Sunday Times, and in the anthologies The Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt) and Places of Poetry: Mapping the Nation in Verse (Oneworld).

No Blood in IKEA, my first full collection, was shortlisted in Live Canon’s 2021 Collection Competition. I won the Paper Swans Press Single Poem Competition and was commended in the Café Writers Open Poetry Competition, both in 2020. In 2019 I was awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant by Arts Council England, to be mentored for a year by Rebecca Goss. In 2008 I won second prize in the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year Competition.