David Ashford is a poet, critic and publisher. His written work includes three poetry collections published by Veer books — Xaragmata (2013), Orcs (2015) and Sedition Machines (2017); a cultural geography of the London Underground published by Liverpool University Press; and a cultural history of Modernist Egoism published by Bloomsbury. As the editor of Contraband Books, David has published some of the most exciting contemporary innovative poetry produced in the UK, his published authors including Nat Raha, Eleanor Perry, Linus Slug, Juha Virtanen, Harry Gilonis, Verity Spott, Andy Spragg, and many more. He is currently working on a long poem relating to the East India Company and a collection of essays exploring Promethean horror in twentieth-century fiction and art. David is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen.