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.

The Stranger’s Absence

I recall him saying, ” of all the possible possibilities isn’t it possible that there being no possibilities is amongst them? “ To which I countered, ” We cling obsessively to those pieces of a jigsaw we’ve somehow come to … Continue reading

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Synopsis for a Novel

I read a book once, one with a happy ending the denouement didn’t suit my mood I have to admit; the good guy won out in the end and got the gal, justice was served, the bad guys got their … Continue reading

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Orientation

What do we see when we see what others saw? what do we hear when we listen to what others heard? what do we know when we know what others learned? what do words mean when we speak those words … Continue reading

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Quantum Rhymes

Hertz, Boltzmann, Planck; the three greatest Poets- manque, they discerned the dots between the dots, and they joined them up thus a narrative was made coherent and given form; ” the trajectory of any narrative is relative to a particular … Continue reading

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Now

Now is forever, now forever, the long wait of disappointed days appointed to be afar off and away; out of reach of our grasp that flails forlornly in the air striking at shimmering apparitions that were never here never real … Continue reading

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Fleeing the Scene ( A Short Story )

Heart and lungs ached beyond mortal endurance as he fled, and heard with dread the footsteps behind him,seemingly chasing after him on the dark country lane. He cursed his own folly for having given in to a panic which as … Continue reading

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A 1960’s Northern Town

fading back the years, to Friday-paid dirt-nailed stand-up straight-razor guys, smoke-stenched beer-drenched, immersed in Willy Dixon’s words strung like wire barbed across their hearts; lost in deep resonances of factory-line steam-hammers raw and edged like John Lee Hooker’s “BOOM…BOOM…BOOM “, … Continue reading

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