Amy Acre is a poet, performer and freelance writer from London, and the editor of Bad Betty Press.
Her poem ‘every girl knows’ was awarded 1st Prize in the 2019 Verve Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) was selected as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and as a Poetry School Best Book.
She’s performed at Latitude, Secret Garden Party, the Edinburgh Fringe, Ronnie Scott’s, the Roundhouse, Southbank and the Houses of Parliament, on BBC Radio, and in hundreds of pubs, bars and fields across the UK. She’s been commissioned by Sky News, Transport for London, London Lit Fest, Brick Box Festival, Being Bodies and Canfield & Bell. Her work appears in journals including Poetry London, Poetry Review, Magma, 3:AM Magazine, DIVA, Tears in the Fence and POEM International: Women on Brexit, and in anthologies, Rhyming Thunder: The Alternative Book of Young Poets (Burning Eye Books, 2012), Everything That Can Happen (The Emma Press, 2019) and Verve Poetry Press Anthology of Community Poems (Verve, 2019).
She founded Bad Betty Press with Jake Wild Hall in 2017. Since then, they’ve published four pamphlets, four limited edition mini-pamphlets, a full collection and mental health anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom—shortlisted for London’s BIG READ. Bad Betty was shortlisted for Most Innovative Publisher in the 2018 Saboteur Awards and for the Michael Marks Publisher’s Award.