LPM is recognised as a place to encounter the best of traditional and innovative new writing, with a prestigious and growing list of contributors.
LPM is invaluable in that it offers a unique home to poets who write at greater length but, more importantly, in that it publishes inspiring work of such high quality. What would poets do without it?
– Mimi Khalvati
Founded in 2008 by Anna Robinson, LPM grew out of a long poem workshop run by Mimi Khalvati. The magazine is published bi-annually, with launches in London at the Barbican library, and in Cambridge in association with the Fitzwilliam College Literary Society. Since its inception we have striven to publish an equal number of women and men and to foster a sense of community and engagement across languages, cultures and countries. We are keen to promote diversity of form and content: we are interested in both the traditional and the innovative, and aim to represent a diverse range of poets and poetic styles. We have published translations from 10 languages and host bi-lingual readings at our popular launches.
Over the last eight years we have published a rich selection of poems, including collaborative works between George Szirtes and Carol Watts, and between Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese and Scott Thurston. In issue five we paid tribute to the late Edwin Morgan and held a special reading of his previously unpublished poem, ‘Gilgamesh’, at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, hosted by the Scottish Association of Writers. More recently we have published work by Patience Agbabi, Mercedes Cebrián, Yang Lian and Adnan al-Sayegh, to name but a few. Each issue features an essay on some aspect of the long poem, for example Lucy Sheerman on Lyn Hejinian, Robert Vas Dias on Paul Blackburn and Ian Brinton on John Riley.
In our bid to target a higher proportion of Black, Asian and exiled writers, we are grateful to Nathalie Teitler at The Complete Works and Jennifer Langer at Exiled Writers Ink for their assistance and collaboration. We are excited to have formed a partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation, a journal we have long admired, and look forward to a fruitful alliance. We are especially grateful to Arts Council England for funding towards issues fifteen and sixteen, and hope you enjoy the benefits as much as we appreciate their support.
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Who we are
Co-editor: Lucy Hamilton had French and English parents and grew up in Norfolk. She has taught in secondary schools in many parts of Britain, most recently at an international school in Ashford, Kent. She is now a freelance creative-writing tutor and has run poetry workshops for the Poetry School, the University of Cambridge and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. A sequence of commissioned poems was exhibited at the Scott Polar Museum (2014-15). Sonnets for my Mother was published by Hearing Eye in 2009. Her collection of prose poems, Stalker (Shearsman 2012), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and has recently been chosen as a core set book on a new Creative Writing: Life Writing course at the University of Chester 2016-17.
Co-editor: Linda Black was born in Leeds and is an award-winning poet, a visual artist and a dyslexia specialist. Her pamphlet The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007, when she also received an Arts Council Writer’s Award. She runs poetry workshops and her poems have featured in several anthologies. Her fourth collection, Slant, was published by Shearsman in April 2016. Her previous collections are The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye 2012) and Root and Inventory (Shearsman 2011 & 2008). The Son of a Shoemaker, consisting of collaged prose poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, plus the author’s pen and ink illustrations, was the subject of an exhibition at The Poetry Society in 2013. www.lindaroseblack.com
Magazine design: Martin Parker www.silbercow.co.uk