A Creative Writing Lecturer from Edge Hill University is one of the first British poets of his generation to have a single volume of his work published in the USA.

Everything Broken Up Dances, by James Byrne, will be published by Tupelo Press on 1 December.

James Byrne

James Byrne

Byrne said: “I am delighted that Everything Broken Up Dances is to be published in the United States. Normally a British poet wouldn’t find themselves in a similar position until later on in their career, if at all. I won Tupelo Press’ annual Open Submissions competition so have been lucky enough not to have to wait that long! These are poems that explore travel, including works written after visiting Syria in 2009, Libya in 2011, just after Colonel Gadaffi was killed, and Burma. I feel part of an international community of poets”

The book is already receiving positive reviews. American poet Forrest Gander said that reading Byrne was “like gulping firewater shots of the world” and Publishers Weekly added: “Byrne […] traverses continents and time with a globetrotter’s inquisitive spirit. The collection is ambitious both for the range of physical and mental spaces it inhabits and for its unusual use of language—particularly its employment of vernacular and non-English vocabulary. Byrne is unafraid of leaping from narrative to lyric voice in successive poems, and he excels at crafting phrases that surprise the ear while challenging the eye.”

Spring 2016 will see Byrne embark on an American tour to promote the book. He will give readings at universities and venues in New York (NYU), Ohio (Kenyon College), Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Arkansas, San Diego and LA, finishing up with a reading at the LA Times Book festival.

James Byrne is a poet, editor, and translator. His most recent poetry collections in the United Kingdom are Blood/Sugar and White Coins (Arc Publications, 2009 and 2015). He is editor of The Wolf, a renowned poetry journal he co-founded in 2002, and also co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). Byrne teaches at Edge Hill University and was previously Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.