Dear Reader is the younger sibling of Dear Listener, an open mic event that was established in Worcester, UK in December 2017.

After a year of open mic events, where performers have grown in their confidence and ability, it only seemed right to try and replicate the safe space of Dear Listener on a larger scale - and here we are.

Dear Listener founder and host, Charley Barnes, will now play at being an editor too as she opens the doors to poetry submissions from the world over. Dear Reader welcomes work of all styles from all voices, regardless of your experience, or your previous publication history. However, the zine will not promote or facilitate hate speech of any kind, and further details on what comes under that heading can be found on our Submissions Guidelines page.

The aim and ethos for Dear Reader will be to publish poetry with a purpose. Whether your purpose is to take a stand, make a claim, or create something beautiful - we'd like to hear from you.


Charley Barnes is an author and poet based in Worcestershire. Her work has been published across a number of online journals, including Picaroon, Atrium, and Riggwelter Press, and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published by V. Press in July 2018. 

Charley has been a guest lecturer at a number of different universities over the last four years and, in 2018, she qualified with her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing. 


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