S K Grout

Curriculum Vitae Publications S K Grout



1st 2022 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (Open)

2nd 2020 Ambit Poetry Competition

Finalist: 2020 Puerto del Sol Poetry Competition

Highly commended: 2022 Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition, 2017 Castleburg International Poetry Competition

Commended: New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competitions 2021 & 2020

Best Books of 2020: What love would smell like (V. Press), Poetry School

Published Poems: Magma Poetry, Glass, Poetry Wales, Finished Creatures, Crannog, Banshee, Landfall, The Interpreters House, dialogist, Aesthetica Magazine, LÉphemere Review, Parentheses Journal, Night Heron Barks, Cordite Poetry Review, Amberflora, SWIMM, Random Sample.

Reviews: Night Heron Barks (Elaine Sexton), Tentacular (Gboyega Odebanjo), Alchemy Spoon (Chen Chen, Golnoosh Nour, Roy McFarlane, Sarah Watkinson, Wong May, Caroline Bird, Parwana Fayyaz, Jason Allen-Paisant, Andre Naffis-Sahely, Mina Gorji, Traian T. Cosovei/Adam J. Sorkin & Andreea Iulia Scridon, Maria Stepanova/Sasha Dugdale, Maia Elsner), Modern Poetry in Translation (Lee Soho/Soje), Poetry School (Jemma Borg).








to be female is to be interrogated

Published by the poetry annals: "In “to be female is to be interrogated”, S. K. Grout speaks with a thousands mouths, and tells a thousand stories. From the tender to the fierce, the poems of this collection wind into and around the body like a memory. Both extolling and examining, deconstructing and dreaming of the female and femininity, Grout weaves a journey with her words as intricate and elaborate as the body itself."

What love would smell like

“In SK Grout's debut pamphlet, romantic love between women is both sensual and spiritual. These atmospheric, compelling poems evoke a richly felt and observed sensibility, an experience to relish again and again,  ‘bright full of starwild’.”
Carrie Etter

What love would smell like expertly zeroes in on the sensual and vibrant rhythms of the body. Porches, couches, cafés and twilit streets are reinvented as poignant sites of intimacy and want. Savouring colour, light, and the ‘sweet, blistered pleasure’ of scent, SK Grout has created an enchanting ‘poetry of simmering’.”
Natalie Linh Bolderston

What love would smell like is very beautiful and very beguiling.

V Press, December 2021 - https://vpresspoetry.blogspot.com/p/what-love-would-smell-like.html