Cathleen Allyn Conway is finishing her PhD in creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the co-editor of Plath Profiles, the only academic journal dedicated to the work of Sylvia Plath, and the founder and editor of Thank You For Swallowing. Her work has appeared in Bitch, Well Versed (The Morning Star), The Mary Sue, 3:AM Magazine, Magma, South Bank Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, London Grip and in anthologies. Her pamphlet Static Cling was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2012. Originally from Chicago, she lives in London with her partner and son. View her work here.
Fem: Tell us about Thank You for Swallowing. How did it get started?
Cathleen Allyn Conway: Caroline Klocksiem wrote a piece for VIDA about the poem “Thank You for Swallowing My Cum” being included in the 2015 edition of Best of British Poetry. She was not the only one to have a strong negative reaction to the poem or its elevated status as the ‘best’ British poetry had to offer this year. The original publisher of “Thank You for Swallowing My Cum” is an online magazine that was already on my radar because its editors made some shitty “duckface” comments about a selfie included in a submission and they sent that insulting exchange back to the poet. Classy. (I encouraged duckface selfies for all submissions that first year, because you can take the girl out of Chicago…) Continue reading “Featured Fem | Meet Cathleen Allyn Conway”