Nisha Bhakoo Contemporary British Poet

Nisha Bhakoo is a contemporary British poet and editor, living in Berlin.

Nisha has written three poetry collections: You Found a Beating Heart (The Onslaught Press, 2016), Black & White Dream (Broken Sleep Books, 2018) and Spectral Forest (The Onslaught Press, 2020)

In 2019 she edited a poetry anthology Contemporary Gothic Verse for The Emma Press.

In 2015 she was awarded 3rd prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition and her work has been published in numerous international poetry journals and anthologies.

In 2015 Nisha was shortlisted for the prestigious Cambridge University Jane Martin Poetry Prize and highly commended in the SAND (Literature & Art) writing competition. Her short poetry films that have been exhibited alongside her poetry at Rich Mix, London (funded by an artist grant from B3 Media), and at GlogauAIR, Berlin. She was an artist-in-residence at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, and GlogauAIR in 2015. She has given poetry readings at numerous events and venues including at BAFTA, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

As well as being an award-winning poet Nisha has been commissioned to write features for VICE, Diva Magazine, Brighton Source, Line of Best Fit, and God is in the TV.

She has also worked as a script editor on award-winning short films such as A Short Guide to Re-entry and Film London-backed Templates in 2016. She worked in the broadcast production team at Da Vinci Media in Berlin, in 2016/2017.

Nisha holds a Master of Arts degree in Critical and Creative Writing from Sussex University, and a National Council for the Training of Journalists certification in Multimedia Journalism, which she gained while working in the communications team at Brighton & Hove Council 2011-2014.

She is currently a PhD candidate at Humboldt University, Berlin, researching “the Uncanny” within contemporary British and US-American poetry. She has presented academic papers on topics involving contemporary gothic poets, and poetry and psychoanalysis, for London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, at Birkbeck University in 2019. She taught a course on “British and US-American Gothic Literature” at Potsdam University in 2020. Her third poetry collection “Spectral Forest” was published by The Onslaught Press in October 2020. She will be teaching at The Poetry School, London, in 2021.

Nisha currently offers manuscript assessments and editorial services online.