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Russell Bennetts founded Berfrois in 2009. His work is featured in The Bookseller, The Coming of the Toads and the Poetry Foundation.

Associate Editors

Medha Singh is an author, translator and editor based in New Delhi. Her books are Ecdysis (Paperwall, 2017) and I Will Bring My Time: Love Letters by Sayed Haider Raza (Vadehra Art, 2020). Pitch essay ideas to Singh: medha [dot] singh [at] berfrois [dot] com

Calliope Michail is the author of a poetry chapbook, Along Mosaic Roads (the87press, 2018), with other work featuring online and in print. She is currently based in London. You can follow her on Twitter: @catonacanto.


Berfrois has published Carol Gilligan, Jenny Diski, Tariq Ali, Robert Pinsky, Carl Phillips, Simon Critchley, Daniel Bosch and Legacy Russell, among others. Regular contributors include Jessica Sequeira, Douglas Penick, Susanna Crossman and Andre Gerard.


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