Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry and Poetics, the second publication of Edge Hill’s innovative Press, was launched in the US recently with a reading featuring some of the world’s leading poets.

The event, at UC Berkeley, featured Bhanu Kapil, Zoë Skoulding, Forrest Gander and Lyn Hejinian reading alongside Edge Hill’s Dr James Byrne.

James, Senior Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics and Co-Director of Edge Hill University Press, said:

Copies of the book 'Atlantic Drift'“The final launch event for Atlantic Drift was a great success in California, with four of the world’s leading poets (all published in the anthology) taking part. Bhanu Kapil, Forrest Gander, Lyn Hejinian and Zoë Skoulding participated alongside myself. The event included readings by all poets and a Q&A led by Berkeley’s John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Hejinian.

“Videos of the Berkeley reading series are somewhat legendary, seen and taught across the world, often as a key part of creative writing programmes,” he added. “Edge Hill University Press continues to grow and expand as a result of this kind of international exposure. We move onto future EHUP projects with a sense of having made a significant contribution to widening a necessary and timely transatlantic debate between writers from both sides of the pond.”

Atlantic Drift publishes 24 poets from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. Produced in partnership with leading poetry publisher Arc Publications and edited by Dr James Byrne and Professor Robert Sheppard, the anthology seeks to highlight new and existing writing and to define/redefine the discussions between poets from both sides of the Atlantic. By developing a dialogue between English-speaking traditions, Atlantic Drift includes some of the most exceptional poetry and poetics written in the 21st century.


Full video of the reading:

Edge Hill University Press is a project of  the Department of English, History and Creative Writing, producing annual publications and involving students in the process of publishing the books. The first EHUP publication, Head Land, celebrated 10 years of the Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story, and the most recent publication Scenes from the Revolution explores 50 years of political theatre.