Friday, December 14, 2012

World's Top Poets To Found New Poetry Magazine

Press Release

Some of the world's leading poets have united for a new venture: the first top-quality magazine for world poetry in English.

POEM is set to become the magazine of choice for poetry in the UK and internationally, bringing today's best poetry together on a global stage. The prestigious European institutions publishing POEM, and the roster of major UK, American and European figures committed to the project are second to none.

The magazine's publishers include the Universities of Durham and of Santiago de Compostela, and Poetry Ireland. C.K. Williams, Don Paterson, Marjorie Perloff, Tomaz Salamun, Sean O'Brien, John Burnside, Stanley Moss, Andrew Motion, Linda Gregerson and Yang Lian are among more than thirty advisory board members.

Funding for the first year has been contributed by a major Canadian sponsor. As news of the birth of POEM leaks out, subscription enquiries are already being made.
POEM: International English Language Quarterly is to be edited by Fiona Sampson, the poet and former editor of Poetry Review (UK), who will be working with a team of dedicated professionals to deliver writing space and provocative reading matter for both established and newly emerging poets – from tyros to Nobel nominees.

The first issue appears on January 24th 2013.

Address: Wythgreen House, Coleshill, Swindon SN6 7PS
Publishers: The University of Durham, The University of Santiago de Compostela, Poetry Ireland.
Sponsor: Scott Griffin
Advisory Board: John Burnside, Menna Elfyn, Elaine Feinstein, David Harsent, Mimi Khalvati, Kathleen Jamie, Alan Jenkins, Andrew Motion, Sean O'Brien, Don Paterson, Christopher Wallace Crabbe, Greg Delanty, Linda Gregerson, Irena Grudzinska, Fady Joudah, Stanley Moss, Marjorie Perloff, C.K. Williams, Marilar Aleixandre, Antonella Annedda, John F. Deane, Ioana Ieronim, Socrates Kabouropoulos, Odia Ofeimun, Kornelijus Platelis, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Tomaz Salamun, Dolores Vilavedra, Yang Lian.

POEM: a 128pp poetry quarterly made to fit in your pocket.
Price: £8.95/E12/$10 per issue or subscription £30/E40/$32 p.a. plus postage.  

and from The Bookseller:

Sampson launches new poetry magazine

Fiona Sampson, poet and former editor of Poetry Review, is launching a new international poetry magazine, POEM.
The first issue will be released on 24th January, with the aim of publishing "the very best poetry either written in, or translated into English". It will include original poetry from Sean O'Brien, Michael Symmons Roberts and Robin Robertson, as well as an interview with Paul Muldoon and memoir from Elaine Feinstein. It will publish once every quarter, at £8.95 per issue, with annual subscription of £30.
The magazine has an advisory board of more than 30 people, including Andrew Motion, Don Paterson and John Burnside, and its publishers include the Universities of Durham and of Santiago de Compostela.
Sampson will edit the magazine.
Earlier this year, Sampson resigned from her post as editor of the Poetry Review after seven years in the role, following a series of resignations triggered by internal rows within the Poetry Society. The rows led to a temporary suspension of the Society's Arts Council funding, and the resignation, and subsequent reinstating, of Judith Palmer as the Society's director.
The magazine may be contacted at

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