Shamshad Khan is a performance poet whose work has appeared in a number of anthologies and been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her poetic monologue Hard Cut was performed for the conference of women live art performers (Berne, Switzerland) and Khala Ghoda Festival (Mumbai, India). The pieces Megalomaniac and Hard Cut were both directed by Mark Whitelaw, winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award 2004. Her performances have included collaborations with musicians, beatboxers and video artists. She is co-editor of two anthologies of poetry for crocus books. Her first collection, Megalomaniac, was published by Salt in 2007.