Poetry Editor news

February 2019

In Autumn 2018 Poetry London advertised the role of Poetry Editor, expecting to appoint a successor to Ahren Warner, our outgoing editor, early this year. Following a careful review of the applications, the editors and trustees have chosen to postpone recruitment for this role until later this year. This was a difficult but unanimous decision, taken in order to guarantee a broad and competitive field of applicants that represents the full diversity of contemporary poetic practice. Please keep tuned to our social media channels for further news of when we plan to readvertise this role, and for information about the type of experience and vision that we hope to attract.

In the meantime, we are delighted to announce that Martha Sprackland, our current Associate Editor, will serve as acting Poetry Editor for three issues of the magazine, starting Autumn 2019. Martha is a longstanding contributor to Poetry London, and someone with the editorial expertise to ensure a smooth and dynamic transition during this next stage in the organisation’s development. As well as being a poet of growing reputation, she is founding editor of Offord Road Books and a former assistant poetry editor at Faber & Faber. Her two pamphlets are Glass as Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade, 2018), and she has a full collection forthcoming.

Poetry London has always been very close to my heart; some of my earliest poems found a home in its pages. I’m delighted to be in a position to have a year in which to direct the editorial vision of the magazine, choosing those poems that most challenge and excite me, and working closely with the Reviews Editor to continue our commitment to poetic excellence, critical rigour, and the support and encouragement of new writers.’

Martha Sprackland, acting Poetry Editor.

Martha Sprackland, acting Poetry Editor.

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