Monday, January 21, 2013

Worlds Top Poets To Found New Poetry Magazine.



International English Language Quarterly.

Some of the worlds leading poets have united for a new venture: the worlds 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 writing together on a global stage.

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, an award winning poet and editor of Poetry Review (2005-2012). She has published around fifteen books, including works of poetry, volumes on the philosophy of language and on the writing process. Her poetry has been published and broadcast in more than thirty languages and amongst her many translations are the works of Jaan Kaplinski.  She was also the founder-director of Poetryfest - the Aberystwyth International Poetry Festival and the founding editor of Orient Express, a journal of contemporary writing from Europe. She will be working with a team of dedicated professionals (Check Out the advisory board), to deliver writing space and provocative reading matter for both established and newly emerging poets – from tyros to Nobel nominees.

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.


The first issue will appear on January 24th 2013.

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.



Address: Wythgreen House, Coleshill, Swindon SN6 7PS


Publishers: The University of Durham, The University of Santiago de Compostela, Poetry Ireland.

Sponsor: Scott Griffin


An invitation

image_thumb15If you are in London, or can get there on Thursday 24/01/2013. you are invited to attend the launch of the first issue, all you need to do is RSVP to the Email address -

RSL Council member, poet Fiona Sampson, invites you to attend the UK launch of a new magazine, POEM - the best of international poetry in English.

At the launch, the first issue, The Connected Poet, will be released, featuring original poetry from Sean O'Brien, Michael Symmons Roberts and Robin Robertson, a memoir from Elaine Feinstein and an interview with Paul Muldoon.

The evening will be hosted at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, 6.30 to 8.30pm by the the advisory board, staff and publishers of POEM, and will include a reading from Sean O'Brien.

All are welcome, but please note that those who wish to attend must RSVP to


Brian Joseph said...

Sounds like a terrific magazine!

The launch party sounds like it will be fun!

@parridhlantern said...

Hi Brian, hoping for the best for it.

James said...

This sounds like a worthy endeavor and should support poetry forever!