Greta Bellamacina began writing poems as an outlet for the quietly raging world inside her head. "As I've gotten older, I feel more compelled to write about the world we live in," she says. "It's a writer's responsibility." The unfair representation of power and a distorted media is something Greta writes about often, notably in the collaborative collection she wrote with her husband, the artist and poet Robert Montgomery, Points For Time In the Sky.
Her most recent book Perishing Tame questions identity: "What it means to be female, to live in a world that still uses the terms like 'others'. I wrote a lot of poems about the refugee crisis."
As a means of supporting and nurturing other poets Robert and Greta set up New River Press. All poets receive 50% of profits from their sales. Both naturally drawn to the unheard and surreal, they wanted to celebrate those who "weren't being published, like our literary hero Heathcote Williams, because their work was considered too political, too irreverent."
Afterlight, Greta's forthcoming collection due for release next year, sets about rejecting conventional ideas of aspiration in favour of regaining an adolescent sense of love, mystery and place.