Jessica Mookherjee

Jessica Mookherjee is a poet of Bengali heritage. She has lived in Kent for the last 10 years. She lived most of her adult life in London. She was brought up in Mumbles, Wales.  She has been published in many print and online journals including Agenda, Interpreter’s House, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar and Antiphon. Her pamphlet “Swell” was published by TellTale Press in 2016, JoyRide was published by Black Light Engine Room Press in 2017. Her poems appear in various anthologies including Templar 2016, Eyewear’s Best of British and Irish Poets 2017 and Paper Swans’ Chronicles of Eve. She will also be in the next Bloodaxe anthology Staying Human.

She won the Paragram Prize in 2016 for her poem The Beast. She was ‘highly commended’ for best single poem in Forward Prize 2017. Her first full collection, Flood, was published in 2018 by Cultured Llama. Her second collection, Tigress was published in 2019 by Nine Arches Press. Tigress was reviewed in TLS. Jessica is a board member of  the Poetry Society and Co-Editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press. She has a background in Biological Anthropology and currently works in Public Health.

Jessica is passionate about spreading the love of poetry into local communities and is part of a number of local writers’ groups. She is an active member of the Kent and Sussex Poetry Stanza and has run local workshops for local arts festivals. She is part of Fractal, an artists’ collective of Poets, Photographers and Artists in Tunbridge Wells.

Reviews of The Swell (Telltale Press 2016)  

Review by Karen Dennison in Abegail Morley’s Poetry Shed

For a Review by Ian Brinton for the Tears in the Fence Blog

Review by Emma Lee from Emma Lee’s Blog

Five Stars Review on Goodreads from Elly Nobbs

Reviews of Tigress (Nine Arches Press 2019)

London Grip Poetry Review – Jessica Mookherjee

Selected publications

The Swell (Telltale Press 2016)

Tigress (Nine Arches Press 2019)



‘Darshan’ published in The North issue 57 (January 2017)

‘Seder’ published in The Interpreter’s House issue 62 (February 2016)

‘The Lascaux Caves’ published in Agenda vol 49 (March 2016)

‘Nineteen Sixty Seven’ published in Antiphon issue 16 (September 2015)

‘Amrita’ published in The High Window issue 3 (Autumn 2016)

‘Milk’ published in Tears in the Fence Issue 64 (September 2016)


‘Beast’, winner of Paragram Poetry Prize 2016  judged by Claire Dyer

Reviews of other poets 

Review of Glass by Elizabeth Sennit Clough in Ink, Sweat & Tears

Review of Alice: Ekphrasis in The High Window.