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Bodies: we all have them, but our relationship with our own body is completely unique and specific to us, to our background, our gender, our sexuality, our race, our faith, our health and our mind. It is an incredibly important relationship to explore. On Bodies is a collection of short stories, essays, poetry and art to explore the often difficult, often miraculous relationships people have with their bodies. 

The contributors for On Bodies include Michael Amherst // Marta Bausells // Stephanie Boland // Sami Çapulcu // Jake Elliott // Cara English // Livia Franchini // Rosie Haward // Clouds Haberberg // Rachel Heng // Krish Jeyakumar // Umairah Malik // Rica March // Christina McDermott // Kiran Millwood Hargrave // Kasim Mohammed // S. Niroshini // Stephanie Phillips // Ari Potter // Aki Schilz // Alice Tarbuck // Rebecca Thursten // Bryony White

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Below you can find out a little more about the authors and artists involved in On Bodies and the work they do outside of 3 of Cups.

 Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His debut book on truth and desire through the frame of bisexuality,  Go the Way Your Blood Beats , is published by Repeater Books. His short fiction has appeared in publications including  The White Review  and  Contrappasso  and been longlisted for BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude and The London Magazine, among others. He is a recipient of an award from Arts Council England and is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His debut book on truth and desire through the frame of bisexuality, Go the Way Your Blood Beats, is published by Repeater Books. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude and The London Magazine, among others. He is a recipient of an award from Arts Council England and is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

 Marta Bausells is a writer and editor living in London. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Observer, Literary Review and Electric Literature, among others. She is literary editor at ELLE UK, European editor-at-large at Literary Hub, and a contributing editor at Oh Comely magazine. She also  asks strangers on the tube  about the books they're reading. She has recently spent time in Berlin on a fellowship from the International Journalists Programme. She tweets at  @martabausells .

Marta Bausells is a writer and editor living in London. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Observer, Literary Review and Electric Literature, among others. She is literary editor at ELLE UK, European editor-at-large at Literary Hub, and a contributing editor at Oh Comely magazine. She also asks strangers on the tube about the books they're reading. She has recently spent time in Berlin on a fellowship from the International Journalists Programme. She tweets at @martabausells.

 Stephanie Boland has written for the New Statesman, Asymptote, LA Review of Books and Prospect. She has a doctorate in modernist literature and lives in South London.

Stephanie Boland has written for the New Statesman, Asymptote, LA Review of Books and Prospect. She has a doctorate in modernist literature and lives in South London.

 Sami Çapulcu is a mathematician and amateur science nerd. To date, most of her writing has been for zines and compact political flyers. She is an organiser around anti-racist and queer struggles, and plans/facilitates workshops rather than sleeping.

Sami Çapulcu is a mathematician and amateur science nerd. To date, most of her writing has been for zines and compact political flyers. She is an organiser around anti-racist and queer struggles, and plans/facilitates workshops rather than sleeping.

 Jake Elliott is a writer. He lives in London.

Jake Elliott is a writer. He lives in London.

 Cara Englishis an Irish anti-poverty and trans campaigner, as well as occasion chef. Her work is concerned with what constitutes the feminine under late-stage capitalism, and what role government plays in bringing about bodily dignity. You can read more about her current campaigning with  Gendered Intelligence , or her new project to map out all gender-neutral loos in the UK at  open lavs .

Cara Englishis an Irish anti-poverty and trans campaigner, as well as occasion chef. Her work is concerned with what constitutes the feminine under late-stage capitalism, and what role government plays in bringing about bodily dignity. You can read more about her current campaigning with Gendered Intelligence, or her new project to map out all gender-neutral loos in the UK at open lavs.

 Livia Franchiniis a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. Selected publications include The Quietus, 3:AM, The White Review, LESTE, Hotel, PEN Transmissions and the anthologies On Bodies (3 of Cups Press) and  Wretched Strangers  (Boiler House Press). She has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Donaghy among many others. Livia is on of the inaugural writers-in-residence of the Connecting Emerging Literary Artist project, funded by the European Union, which will see her work translated into six languages. She has performed her work internationally, most notably at Faber Social, Standon Calling, Lowlands and Hay Festival. Livia is currently at work on her first novel, as part of a funded PhD in experimental women’s writing at Goldsmiths.

Livia Franchiniis a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. Selected publications include The Quietus, 3:AM, The White Review, LESTE, Hotel, PEN Transmissions and the anthologies On Bodies (3 of Cups Press) and Wretched Strangers (Boiler House Press). She has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Donaghy among many others. Livia is on of the inaugural writers-in-residence of the Connecting Emerging Literary Artist project, funded by the European Union, which will see her work translated into six languages. She has performed her work internationally, most notably at Faber Social, Standon Calling, Lowlands and Hay Festival. Livia is currently at work on her first novel, as part of a funded PhD in experimental women’s writing at Goldsmiths.

 Rosie Haward is a writer and podcaster based between Hastings and Amsterdam, where she recently completed an MA in Critical Studies at the Sandberg Instituut. As well as writing about bodies, queerness and the sea, together with Matty Hemming she co-writes and presents the podcast Textual Feelings, which focuses on genre-bending, queer and feminist books. To see more of her work  visit her website  and  Textual Feelings .

Rosie Haward is a writer and podcaster based between Hastings and Amsterdam, where she recently completed an MA in Critical Studies at the Sandberg Instituut. As well as writing about bodies, queerness and the sea, together with Matty Hemming she co-writes and presents the podcast Textual Feelings, which focuses on genre-bending, queer and feminist books. To see more of her work visit her website and Textual Feelings.

 Clouds Haberberg is a queer London-based, half-Italian writer and musician. They’ve spent the last several years ranting about disability and mental illness on the Internet, and they’ve finally managed to channel some of that energy into their first published essay here.

Clouds Haberberg is a queer London-based, half-Italian writer and musician. They’ve spent the last several years ranting about disability and mental illness on the Internet, and they’ve finally managed to channel some of that energy into their first published essay here.

 Rachel Heng’s debut novel,   Suicide Club  , will be translated in nine languages worldwide and has been featured as a most anticipated read by The Independent, The Irish Times, The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist and NYLON. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and  Prairie Schooner 's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in  Glimmer Train ,  The Offing ,  Prairie Schooner  and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin.

Rachel Heng’s debut novel, Suicide Club, will be translated in nine languages worldwide and has been featured as a most anticipated read by The Independent, The Irish Times, The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist and NYLON. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer Train, The Offing, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Rachel is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin.

 Krish Jeyakumar is a British-Tamil creative, born and bred in East London. They have a degree in English, a passion for photography and spend most of their time researching, writing and dreaming about Hindu Vedic literature. Most of their work is based around their experience as a gender confused, androgynous brown person. They can be found wandering around thinking about Kali, looking for leaves to press, or  more conveniently on Twitter .

Krish Jeyakumar is a British-Tamil creative, born and bred in East London. They have a degree in English, a passion for photography and spend most of their time researching, writing and dreaming about Hindu Vedic literature. Most of their work is based around their experience as a gender confused, androgynous brown person. They can be found wandering around thinking about Kali, looking for leaves to press, or more conveniently on Twitter.

 Ana Kinsella is an Irish writer in London.

Ana Kinsella is an Irish writer in London.

 Umairah Malik is a freelance writer, mental health activist and bookworm. She is the blog editor for literary magazine Salomé and has written for various publications.  Follow her on twitter.

Umairah Malik is a freelance writer, mental health activist and bookworm. She is the blog editor for literary magazine Salomé and has written for various publications. Follow her on twitter.

 Rica March is a comic artist from Stockholm, Sweden. She enjoys working in a variety of genres, but especially likes to focus on queer representation in historical settings. Her work has been part of several comic anthologies, most notably  Beyond 2: The Queer Comic Anthology  by Beyond Press.  You can find more of her work on her website .

Rica March is a comic artist from Stockholm, Sweden. She enjoys working in a variety of genres, but especially likes to focus on queer representation in historical settings. Her work has been part of several comic anthologies, most notably Beyond 2: The Queer Comic Anthology by Beyond Press. You can find more of her work on her website.

 Christina McDermott is a writer living in Liverpool. She was born in Manchester in 1982 and graduated with a BA in History from University College London in 2004. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, BBC, NME and The Pool among others and she runs the social media agency Cattington.  She tweets at @christinamcmc .

Christina McDermott is a writer living in Liverpool. She was born in Manchester in 1982 and graduated with a BA in History from University College London in 2004. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, BBC, NME and The Pool among others and she runs the social media agency Cattington. She tweets at @christinamcmc.

 Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, and bestselling author of  The Girl of Ink & Stars , which won the British Children’s Book of the Year, and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, and  The Island at the End of Everything , which won the Historical Association Young Quills Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and the Blue Peter Award. Her forthcoming books include  The Way Past Winter  (Chicken House, 2018), and her debut novel for adults,  The Mercies  (Picador, 2020).

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, and bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars, which won the British Children’s Book of the Year, and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, and The Island at the End of Everything, which won the Historical Association Young Quills Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and the Blue Peter Award. Her forthcoming books include The Way Past Winter (Chicken House, 2018), and her debut novel for adults, The Mercies (Picador, 2020).

 Kasim Mohammed is a 23-year-old writer based in Nottinghamshire. He works as an editorial assistant during the day and as a critic on culture to anyone who will listen at night. He is currently working on several writing projects (far too many to handle) and aspires to make the publishing industry as colourful as possible, starting with himself.

Kasim Mohammed is a 23-year-old writer based in Nottinghamshire. He works as an editorial assistant during the day and as a critic on culture to anyone who will listen at night. He is currently working on several writing projects (far too many to handle) and aspires to make the publishing industry as colourful as possible, starting with himself.

 S. Niroshini is a Sri Lankan-born writer and odissi dancer. Her work engages with themes of gender, cultural history, migration and memory. Her poetry, essays and criticism have been seen on Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, Wasafiri and City of Stories. She lives in London.  @_nishasoma

S. Niroshini is a Sri Lankan-born writer and odissi dancer. Her work engages with themes of gender, cultural history, migration and memory. Her poetry, essays and criticism have been seen on Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, Wasafiri and City of Stories. She lives in London. @_nishasoma

 Stephanie Phillips is a London-based arts & culture journalist. She is also a member of black feminist punk band Big Joanie. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Noisey, Bandcamp, and Alternative Press. She contributed an essay to the 2017 anthology Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies. She also contributed several essays to Women Who Rock, edited by Evelyn McDonnell. You can follow her on Twitter @stephanopolus or  read more of her work here .

Stephanie Phillips is a London-based arts & culture journalist. She is also a member of black feminist punk band Big Joanie. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Noisey, Bandcamp, and Alternative Press. She contributed an essay to the 2017 anthology Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them edited by Rhian E. Jones and Eli Davies. She also contributed several essays to Women Who Rock, edited by Evelyn McDonnell. You can follow her on Twitter @stephanopolus or read more of her work here.

  Ari Potter  is a Bengali-British writer who's particulary interested in gender, mental health and cultural identity. She's previously appeared in gal-dem, Orlando and Litro. By day, she works for a health and social care charity, and, separately, has recently launched her own campaign on  consent and sex education .

Ari Potter is a Bengali-British writer who's particulary interested in gender, mental health and cultural identity. She's previously appeared in gal-dem, Orlando and Litro. By day, she works for a health and social care charity, and, separately, has recently launched her own campaign on consent and sex education.

 Aki Schilz is a Queen's Ferry Press Finalist (Best Small Fictions), and has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50. She was the winner of the inaugural Visual Verse Prize, and the Bare Fiction Prize for Flash Fiction 2014. Her writing appears in print (inc. Synaesthesia Magazine, Year's Best Weird Fiction IV, Popshot, An Unreliable Guide to London) and online (inc. The Bohemyth, Cheap Pop Lit, The Vagina Project, And Other Poems). She is co-founder of the #LossLit project, a judge for the Bridport Prize and Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers, and Director of The Literary Consultancy.

Aki Schilz is a Queen's Ferry Press Finalist (Best Small Fictions), and has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50. She was the winner of the inaugural Visual Verse Prize, and the Bare Fiction Prize for Flash Fiction 2014. Her writing appears in print (inc. Synaesthesia Magazine, Year's Best Weird Fiction IV, Popshot, An Unreliable Guide to London) and online (inc. The Bohemyth, Cheap Pop Lit, The Vagina Project, And Other Poems). She is co-founder of the #LossLit project, a judge for the Bridport Prize and Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers, and Director of The Literary Consultancy.

 Alice Tarbuck is a writer and PhD candidate in innovative poetics and environmental humanities at the Scottish Poetry Library and Dundee University. Recent publications include an essay for Nasty Women by 404 Ink, a forthcoming essay in The Bi-ble by Monstrous Regiment. She has poetry published in Zarf, Datableed Zine, Antiphon and others, and was recently shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Poetry Prize.

Alice Tarbuck is a writer and PhD candidate in innovative poetics and environmental humanities at the Scottish Poetry Library and Dundee University. Recent publications include an essay for Nasty Women by 404 Ink, a forthcoming essay in The Bi-ble by Monstrous Regiment. She has poetry published in Zarf, Datableed Zine, Antiphon and others, and was recently shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Poetry Prize.

 Rebecca Thursten is a British writer based in Brooklyn. She is working on a PhD at NYU and is trying to spend less time on the internet. She can be found on the internet, tweeting from @tacceber.

Rebecca Thursten is a British writer based in Brooklyn. She is working on a PhD at NYU and is trying to spend less time on the internet. She can be found on the internet, tweeting from @tacceber.

 Bryony White is a LAHP-funded PhD student at King’s College London. She writes on performance and contemporary art. Her writing has been featured in Frieze, LA Review of Books, ArtMonthly and the TLS. She co-edits the monthly TinyLetter, close and is currently working on her first novel.  @bryonylwhite

Bryony White is a LAHP-funded PhD student at King’s College London. She writes on performance and contemporary art. Her writing has been featured in Frieze, LA Review of Books, ArtMonthly and the TLS. She co-edits the monthly TinyLetter, close and is currently working on her first novel. @bryonylwhite