Joanna Nissel

Writer & Researcher


Joanna Nissel is a researcher, project manager, and writer based near Brighton.


Joanna’s debut poetry pamphlet, Guerrilla Brightenings, is forthcoming with Against the Grain Press. She was the runner up for the Poetry Business 2018 International New Poets Prize, was Pick of the Month for Ink, Sweat, and Tears in July 2020, and won the Bangor Literary Journal Easter 2020 Ekphrastic competition.

In her day role, you will find Joanna organising, evaluating, and facilitating online literary projects and events, including the Stay-at-Home! Literature Festival, Tears in the Fence Festival, and a variety of projects with Paper Nations. She has been undertaking research into the UK writing ecology since 2017 with the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education and has contributed to funding bids totalling over £400,000. In addition to copywriting and strategic project management, Joanna also specialises in communicating complex information and research in visual and digital formats.


In 2020-21 she took on the role of Creative Producer on the action-research project, The Great Margin, overseeing several interlocking sub-projects, including two poetry film series on

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Publications Include: Eyeflash, Amaryllis, Irisi, Riggwelter, Clear Poetry, and The Fenland Reed, The Ham Free Press, Flash and Cinder, Sarasvati, Atrium, Tears in the Fence, Bangor Poetry Journal, Ink Sweat and Tears, Molly Bloom, and Iamb Poetry.

Recent publications:


'Swells', a collaborative poetry soundscape

Iamb Poetry Issue 5: Three Poems


Tears in the Fence Issue 72: Hove Lawns to Brighton Pier – March


Molly Bloom Issue 23: Three Poems


Atrium Poetry: Look At Me

Ink, Sweat, and Tears: Eagle - Awarded 'Pick of the Month' July 2020


Academic Publications:

Soyinka, B., Sweetman, L., Bond, G., Green, L., Nissel, J. and Thompson, I. (2020) The Writer’s Cycle. Available at:

Conference Presentations:

Follow the Sun Transnational Writing Conference: "The Great Margin: Collaborative Practice and Creative Research".

MIX 2019: "Writing For All".

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) Annual Conference, 2021: "Paper Nations - The Writer's Cycle".


Support at:

MIX 2021

NAWE Annual Conference, 2018-19, 2021

Captivating Criminality, Bath Spa University, 2017-18



Joanna's services include:

  • copywriting

  • project management

  • marketing & social media campaigns

  • communications & engagement

  • evaluation of creative projects & engaged research projects

  • event planning & management

  • report-writing

  • website design

  • facilitation of online events & workshops 

  • creating branding guidelines

  • graphics, diagrams, & visual representations of data.


Examples of websites and branding Joanna has designed include: The Dare to Write? Platform, The Great Margin, and the Paper Nations site. She also formulated the solar system model as a representation of The Writer’s Cycle theory of writer-development.

Previous notable projects:

Creative Producer: The Great Margin

Engagement Manager: The Writing For All Programme, Paper Nations

Digital Advisor: The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival

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