Poetry Centre


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    Weekly Poem publishers

    The following publishers all generously contribute poems to this year’s weekly poem initiative:

    • Arc Publications : from Todmorden in Lancashire, Arc publishes contemporary poetry from the UK and abroad, specialising in poetry in translation. Arc has been publishing for forty years, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Anvil Press : publishing since 1968 and based in Greenwich, London, Anvil mainly publishes contemporary English poetry, with some Irish and American work, as well as work in translation.
    • BOA Editions Ltd : BOA Editions, from Rochester, New York, has been publishing since 1976, and publishes both American poetry and poetry in translation. Updates from the press can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
    • CB editions : began work in 2007, and has since published four titles a year in both poetry and fiction. The poetry has won the Aldeburgh Prize, received PBS recommendations, and various shortlistings for other prizes. CB editions can be found on Facebook.
    • Enitharmon Press : established in 1967, Enitharmon is based in London. You can find the press on Facebook and on Twitter.
    • Penned in the Margins : founded in 2004, Penned in the Margins is an independent publisher and live literature producer specialising in poetry and based in East London.Visit the Penned in the Margins website to sign up to the mailing list, and follow the publisher on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Seren Books : ('Seren' means 'star' in Welsh) based in Bridgend, South Wales. Originally conceived by Cary Archard and Dannie Abse as an offshoot of Poetry Wales magazine in the latter's garage in Ogmore-by-Sea in the early 80s, under Managing Editor Mick Felton the press has gone from strength to strength and has published a wide range of titles including fiction, art books, and poetry. Seren can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Shearsman Books : founded first in 1981 as a magazine, Shearsman now publishes new poetry from Britain and the USA, but also work in translation. Shearsman posts details of its work on Facebook.
    • Worple Press : founded by Peter and Amanda Carpenter in 1997, the press has published a wide range of authors, including Poetry Book Society Recommended Translations. More information can be found on Worple Press’s website and Facebook page.

    Other publishers

    • Bloodaxe Books : founded in 1978, and located in Highgreen, Northumberland, Bloodaxe publishes poetry from all over the world. You can find the publisher on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Copper Canyon Press : based in Port Townsend, Washington, and publishing poetry exclusively since 1972, Copper Canyon’s list contains work by well-known and emerging writers. It can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.
    • Egg Box Publishing : operating out of Norwich, Norfolk, Egg Box aims to publish new and establishing writers. The press can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.
    • Oversteps Books : founded in 1992 by the poet and translator, Anne Born, the press has been run since 2008 by the poet and lecturer Alwyn Marriage. It publishes a wide range of established and new poets. You can find Oversteps on Facebook.
    • Salt Publishing : started as a magazine in Australia in 1990, Salt began to publish books in the UK in 1999, and today publishes more than 80 books a year including poetry, biography, essays and literary criticism from authors worldwide. You can find Salt on Facebook and on Twitter.
    • Two Rivers Press : founded in Reading in 1994 by Peter Hay, Two Rivers focuses on local poets and often explores and celebrates local history and environment. You can keep up to date with the press on its Facebook page.

    Poetry societies and organizations

    Do visit our list of local poetry societies, groups, and organised readings.

    • Oxford University Poetry Society : a society run by students at Oxford University which hosts weekly readings during term-time and organizes an annual poetry reading competition, Poetry Out Loud. Non-Oxford people are very welcome to become members and/or attend readings.
    • The Poetry Society : the Society’s aims are to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. Its programme of events includes readings, lectures and discussions.
    • The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry : based at Queen’s University, Belfast, the Centre is ‘a dynamic and vibrant focal point in Ireland for the writing, criticism and appreciation of modern literature.’
    • Poet in the City : a charity set up to develop new audiences for poetry and organize and host poetry events.
    • The Poetry Book Society : an organisation devoted to developing and maintaining a readership for poetry in the UK.

    Poetry online: texts, audio archives and podcasts

    • The Poetry Archive : an online collection of recordings of poets reading their work (audio).
    • BBC Poetry Out Loud : poets performing their own work - plus scroll down for a link to interviews with poets (audio).
    • Favorite Poem Project : an American site with footage of people talking about and reading their favourite poems (video).
    • Poets.org (part of the Academy of American Poets) : an archive of over 700 poetry readings, lectures, and symposia (audio).
    • PENNsound : an ongoing project committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives (audio).
    • The Poem : dedicated to furthering contemporary British and Irish poetry; provides access to texts of poems.

    Web-based poetry resources

    • The Poetry House : an excellent resource providing access to a comprehensive set of poetry-related materials.
    • The Poetry Library’s poetry magazines archive : a searchable archive of UK-published poetry journals - especially good for contemporary poetry.
    • Voices and Visions : free documentaries about American poets.
    • Intute : a free online service designed to find the best resources on the web for study and research. Although it closed in July 2011, there is still an archive of useful material.

    Resources for writers

    Here at the Poetry Centre we’re not in a position to provide feedback on poems you’ve written, or to offer advice about getting them published - but we can recommend the following sites:

    • Frequently asked questions about getting poetry published, answered by The Poetry Society.
    • The Poetry School : an organisation which focuses on teaching the reading and the writing of poetry to adults; the tutors are well-known published poets.
    • Guardian Poetry Workshops : monthly workshops, each hosted by a different published poet who sets an exercise, chooses the most interesting responses, and offers an appraisal of them.