A year of achievement has been capped off with a feature in the Times Higher Education for Edge Hill Creative Writing Lecturer and poet, James Byrne.
Recently becoming one of the first British poets of his Generation to have a single volume of his work published in the USA, Byrne spoke to THE about the moment he learned his collection was going to be published:
“I was elated and relieved, partly because much of the book was written while living in the US. It was doubly pleasing because few, if any, poets of my generation have a collection out in America.
“Hopefully, if the book does well enough, it might lead to other voices from England being published transatlantically. There’s some very good poetry being written here in the UK, but it’s not always made visible.”
He also discussed his latest collection, Everything Broken Up Dances, advice he’d give his younger self, and how being a boy from Buckinghamshire has shaped him.
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.