The latest volume from Edge Hill University Press (EHU Press) was launched on 19 August at Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Edited by Edge Hill academics Professor Robert Sheppard and Dr James Byrne, Atlantic Drift publishes 24 poets from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in partnership with Arc Publications.
This anthology seeks to highlight new and existing writing and to define/redefine the discussions between poets from both sides of ‘the pond’.
By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift will include some of the most exceptional poetry written in the twenty-first century featuring Claudia Rankine, Jerome Rothenberg, Rosmarie Waldrop, Charles Bernstein, Bhanu Kapil and Allen Fisher.
Perhaps uniquely, Atlantic Drift combines poetry with poetics, including short pieces in which the contributors reflect on their writing, writings in general and the contexts of their poetic practice.
The Edinburgh launch event featured readings from the anthology by writers Andrea Brady, Sophie Collins and Sean Bonney.
Edge Hill Professor of Poetry and Poetics, Robert Sheppard, said:
“We are very excited by the anthology, which features not only poems but poetics of our contributors as well. The launch will be a great occasion, with three of our poets performing for us.”
EHU Press works with different publishers each year and will publish another two books in the next two years. The initiative builds on the University’s well-established literary profile which includes the nationally recognised Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story, the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories.
The Press also offers internships to six Edge Hill students per year which see the students assigned a variety of roles, giving them real publishing industry experience.
2016 saw the Press launch its first publication Head Land at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
A joint enterprise with Glasgow-based independent publisher Freight Books, Head Land is an anthology of previously shortlisted authors that have featured throughout the past ten years of the University’s Short Story Prize, including China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, Ali Smith and many more.
EHU Press is led by Edge Hill academics Dr Rodge Glass and Dr James Byrne. Rodge is Reader & Creative Writing Programme Leader as well as a novelist, short story writer, biographer and editor. Poet, editor and translator James lectures in Creative Writing.