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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running3
Available position1
Total ballots25
Valid votes25
Invalid votes0


Round Arun Sharma Cristina-Ioana Arama RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 6.00 19.00 0.00 6.50 12.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 12.50. Candidate Cristina-Ioana Arama has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Cristina-Ioana Arama.

Number of vacancies: 1


Cristina-Ioana Arama
I’ve always expressed myself better in writing. It’s a chance to decide who I want to be in a poem, and who I want to be once I’ve put it away. Poetry cleanses. It untangles wounds and memories that we can’t process otherwise.
Over the last months, the poetry feedback sessions have become a place where I don’t have to hide in order to fit in, even when my poems get bashed for weirdly-placed semicolons. As Chair of Poetry, I’d love to continue shaping this environment and to collaborate on events that celebrate writing. I plan to put more emphasis on publishing through workshops dedicated to finding competitions, pitching your work and managing submissions. I’ve been through this process myself when one of my short stories was published in a literary journal, and I understand how stressful and confusing it can be. I also want to bring more queer authors to the guest speaker events, since I know how important this kind of representation is to many of us.
I’ll put to good use the experience I’ve gained while editing submissions for ‘The Writers’ Block’ magazine and hosting a poetry club for teens during high school. I’m eager to be part of your creative process in this way, and to always be there with an honest opinion if you feel that a poem isn’t reflecting what you want it to express. That’s what poetry is all about, after all: being vulnerable and free, and trusting the words to quietly, openly, speak your truth.
Arun Sharma
I'm not even that good a poet. But who said you had to be! To quote some of my earlier prose:

''Having worked in the creative industry for over 7 years, I'm well versed in storytelling. As an actor, my job is to shape narrative through my own craft, to embody characterisations and to extend my imagination beyond finite reality. I believe my professional experience in both performance and production puts me in a unique position to nurture creativity and provide critical insight, with a gentle touch. I shall provide a relaxed, safe atmosphere that enables the spirit to romp freely and soar to greater heights of creativity. But I will also challenge ourselves to dig a little deeper and delve into the depths of curiosity. To test our talent is to strengthen it. I will facilitate a place where we can innovate, enriching our understanding of what is possible with words, considering the potential of our work to inspire others. I offer my life's experience, and my earnest endeavor to cultivate a nourishing space where genius can thrive.''

If that tickles your fancy, give me a go. If not, I'll just write a sonnet about how devastated I am at your rejection. Probably perform it at an open mic. Maybe include some semi-colons. And some of these things '~'. But when you're struggling to title your poetry, I'll be there for you - author of the longest title to a poem ever written in the history of Writers' Society.
P.S. I also make a wonderful chair. So I'm told..