bio.

Kate Simpson is an editor, journalist, poet and critic based in York, UK. She works in print and digital publishing – across art, culture and poetry.

Kate is the Associate Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, and has edited over 30 editions of the publication, which is exported to 20 countries and has a combined print and digital readership of 400,000. She has also edited and co-ordinated a number of other annual publications and projects including the Aesthetica Art Prize, Future Now Symposium, Creative Writing Award and BAFTA-Qualifying Short Film Festival.

She has programmed major lecture series and has spoken at numerous events about publishing, journalism and the effects of the digital age on contemporary culture, including Frieze London. She has also judged numerous awards, including, in 2021, the Sony World Photography Awards.

Kate also works across a number of freelance literary projects. She is a Editor at Large for Valley Press, working on new poetry titles for initial 2021 release. She is a published author and poet and was invited to be on the jury for Freedom From Torture’s 2020 Resilience Readings Poetry Competition, alongside Inua Ellams, Imtiaz Dharker and Daljit Nagra.