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 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 –to date Louis has 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.

Sticks and Stones ( A Short Story )

They’d taken me to A&E around 4 a.m. Not a good time to get sent to the hospital, Saturday before dawn, the morning after the night before. Drunks, junkies, vagrants, the knifed, the shot, the battered, the bruised and confused. … Continue reading

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My Sweetheart ( A Valentine’s Noir Short Story )

“My sweetheart!”..that random thought arced across the empty horizon of his mind illuminating its darkness corners like the flashbulb of a papparazzi camera. He saw you there, there in the magazine, there on stage. there on the screen. Pristine,immaculate ; … Continue reading

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The Writer Writes

If everything that I write is everything that I am, then all the words I’ve written is all of me; Words are my flesh, and stories my breath; I walk in dreams, I have been to the mountain top and … Continue reading

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Coffee Table

Giant, glossy, glamorous coffee table magazines, with those portraiture pictures that capture those ” just so ” glances, contemplative meditative, with that pristine air of purposeful confidence, of a knowing what lies ahead; and the apparel just so, the complexion … Continue reading

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The Dust Bowl

The names and their faces those times and their places, the rundown rail depot from where the last westbound left in that dry-cracked goodbye summer when water was heaven and wells coughed their grinding choking echo, dust for a future … Continue reading

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Of Games & Candles

Time is etched like memories on the membrane some call fate and others chance; none there are now to gainsay the swinging pendulum that swung so far yet never returned at the unstruck hour on the unremarkable day that slipped … Continue reading

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Heckler & Koch

        It’s gonna be a Heckler & Koch morning, but i don’t know that yet as I get up at 4.30 a.m. to use the toilet; The hall light’s on and I notice the front door’s open, … Continue reading

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