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“Nearly the Happy Hour”,
D A Prince was born in Leicestershire although her family roots are in Wales. She has worked in libraries, schools and educational administration; writing poetry provides a parallel life. Appearances in the weekly competitions in the New Statesman and Spectator gave her enough confidence to submit ‘proper’ poetry to a range of poetry magazines and be published in, among others, Smiths Knoll, Magma, The Rialto, The North, Poetry News, Stand, Under the Radar, South. She has co-edited anthologies for Soundswrite Press, and currently reviews for several poetry magazines. Her fascination with light verse is undiminished.
Her first pamphlet, Undoing Time, was published by Pikestaff Press in 1998, followed by Keeping in Touch from the same publisher in 2002. Meanwhile Manifold ‘Century’ Chapbooks had brought out Without Boundaries in 2001.
In 2008 HappenStance Press published her full-length collection Nearly the Happy Hour; this was the first full-length publication from this publisher. Common Ground (also HappenStance Press) was published in 2014 and won the East Midlands Book Award 2015. A pamphlet – Bookmarks, also from HappenStance – was published in 2018. She has a Highly Commended poem in The Forward Book of Poetry 2020.
How to be Well-Versed in Poetry, ed. E.O.Parrott, Viking, 1990 and subsequently Penguin, 1991. ISBN 0-670-82327-9
The Muse Strikes Back: a poetic response by women to men, ed.Katherine McAlpine and Gail White. USA, Story Line Press, 1997. ISBN 1-885266-49-9
A Shame to Miss 3, ed. Anne Fine, Corgi Books, 2002. ISBN 0-552-54869-3
Unsuitable Companions, ed. Helena Nelson, HappenStance Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-905939-03-9
Second Place Rosette: poems about Britain, ed. Emma Dai’an Wright and Richard O’Brien, The Emma Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-910139-55-4
The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 (jury chair, Shahidha Bari), Faber & Faber, 2019. ISBN 978-0-571-35388-0