Author Archives: Louis Kasatkin

About Louis Kasatkin

Freelance Writer,Journalist, Performance Poet and Poetry Promoter Resume / CV Senior Editor , 2014 - Member,Board of Senior Editors,”Episteme” -Online Journal of Bharat College,Mumbai Editorial Administrator ,2011 – to date At http://www.destinypoets.co.uk the internationally renowned poetry website in partnership with and centred at Destiny Christian Church, Wakefield, England Schools based Poetry Masterclasses, 2001- to date Louis has delivered his poetry masterclasses in interactive workshop format in primary and secondary schools throughout the City of Wakefield and further afield. His masterclasses have often been the pupils’ first and only opportunity for schools to work with a professional poet. Executive Producer,Wakefield Wireless Mysteries 2012 –14 Louis had the leadership role in this groundbreaking play-for-voices, a contemporary update of the world renowned Medieval Passion plays. He secured the support of Mary Creagh ,Member of Parliament for Wakefield as the project’s Patron. Performance Poetry Residencies 2010- to date with Destiny Christian Church 2001-2002 -Poet-in-Residence at Wakefield Cathedral 1999-2000 -Poet-in-Residence at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Rugby League Football Club Poetry Group Leadership Roles 2010-to date Founder of Destiny Poets 2004-2010 -President, The Black Horse Poets of Wakefield. 2002-2007 -Founder and Convenor of The Cathedral Poets of Wakefield. Publications Poetry Anthologies ( Author ) 2004- A Very Special Collection with The Cathedral Poets 2002- Louis & friends-Wakefield Cathedral Poetry Anthology Poetry Magazines ( Editor ) 2010- to date “ The Elephant” –Destiny Poets’ published thrice annually 2004-2008 – “From The Horse’s Mouth” – The Black Horse Poets published twice yearly. 2005-2006 – “Poetry Wakefield,City & Dioceses”- The Cathedral Poets/ The Black Horse Poets A quarterly magazine for all schools within the City and Diocese of Wakefield. 2002- “ The Cathedral Poets “ – eponymously titled monthly poetry supplement to Cathedral News magazine. Freelance Journalism 1979 – 1994 Leeds Other Paper , co-operatively run alternative weekly news publication ,featuring local gig guide, investigative reporting ignored by the mainstream,etc.Louis was primarily the LOP’s Rugby league correspondent – “The Man in the Stand” – from 1983 to 1994 besides erstwhile cultural commentator and guerrilla investigative reporter starting in 1979. Academic Qualifications B.A.( Hons.) Organisation Studies 2.2 from Bradford College, 1981 – 1984 Poetry Awards & Recognition 2013 – Overseas Award for Excellence in Arts Conferred by AuthorsPress ,New Dehli 2008- Civic Reception held by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, hosted by the Lord Mayor to honour the 10th Anniversary of the Black Horse Poets. 2007- Winner of “Wakefield Poet of the Year”-The prestigious Jane Harrison MemoriaL Award at the annual Wakefield Poetry Awards. 2003- Winner of the inaugural Leeds International Peace Festival Poetry Prize (Adult section) with “Hudson River Interlude”, a commemorative poem honouring the victims of 9/11.

Dummy

In the darkened gloom of a wooden tomb, you kept me smothered in a dank ,musty cloth, my burial shroud wrapped around me, like nightmares wrap themselves around my dreams were I be allowed to dream, to suffocate on my … Continue reading

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Staring Contest

See the empty pages staring, staring back at you staring as you stare at them: All those pages, empty,void and blank waiting for a stroke of your pen the cut and thrust of some intellect and a little wit; Scratches … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Conversation

Who are you again? Oh,that’s right! yes,I remember now; who,me? yeah,yeah.. erm,no,you’re thinking about someone else, no,he was there round about the same time, yeah,that’s right, and you? cancer of the bowel? wow! no,I..I’m sorry to hear that? Me? oh … Continue reading

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With Good Intentions ( A Short Story )

Tears welled in his eyes as his failing concentration felt respite at last. His breast filled with inexpressible relief with the knowledge of yet another young life saved; A three hours long emergency operation fraught with unimaginable risks had been … Continue reading

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Promises

The promising promise that promises hold, promise what they so promisingly promise, in promising so promisingly their promises, that promise so promisingly all that has been promised.  

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Lunchtime Interlude

There is Bach playing on the radio, and I am sat at the dining table, having finished my lunchtime repast, there is cabarnet shiraz in my glass, and I savour all of these moments now, now passing, now gone, only … Continue reading

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Passing Thoughts

Passing thoughts passing us by into the nothingness of nothing, the nothing of nothingness; the wherefore of whys, the whys of wherefore; the noise of silence, the silence of noise; the emptiness of empty, the empty of emptiness; the traveller … Continue reading

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