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The Emma Press has announced the pamphlets chosen from their call for submissions last year. Editors Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright selected twelve manuscripts, all to be published in 2017. The call for submissions ran from October to December in 2015 and resulted in over 100 applications.
The Emma Press has launched their annual call for pamphlet submissions, which is running until 13th December 2015.
The Emma Press is delighted to announce the six poets whose pamphlets have been chosen for publication in 2015/16: Deborah Alma, Kathy Pimlott, Camille Ralphs, Ben Rogers, James Trevelyan and Alison Winch.
The six poets’ pamphlet proposals were selected by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright from over 130 submissions sent in during the publisher’s open call last summer. Four of the pamphlets are standard-length pamphlets and two – by Camille Ralphs and James Trevelyan – will join the Emma Press Picks, a series of themed, illustrated pamphlets.
Series editor Rachel Piercey says: ‘Each of these pamphlets is absorbing and electrifying in equal measure. Individually and taken together, they blaze with the excitement of language: these are poems which sweep you up and stride through space, time and the exquisite complexities of human experience.’
The Emma Press published 10 poetry pamphlets in 2014 and was shortlisted for the publisher’s award in the 2014 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets, run by the Wordsworth Trust and the British Library in association with the Times Literary Supplement. Their pamphlet Oils, by Belfast poet Stephen Sexton, was selected by judges Luke Kennard and Denise Saul as the PBS 2014 Winter Pamphlet Choice.
Publisher Emma Wright says: ‘We’re very pleased with the wide range of voices and styles in the pamphlets we’ve chosen. Judging by all the submissions, the Emma Press is developing a reputation as a publisher which is willing to take risks, and I hope our six new pamphlet poets will strengthen this.’
The new pamphlets will be published from October 2015 to June 2016. The Emma Press will launch a new open call for pamphlet submissions in the summer.
More information about the poets
Deborah Alma was born in North London and lives in Powys. She works with people with dementia and at the end of their lives using poetry, teaches creative writing and is the Emergency Poet in her 1970s ambulance.
Kathy Pimlott was born and raised in Nottingham but has lived in Covent Garden for nearly forty years, where she works on community-led public realm projects. Her poems have been published widely, including in Magma, The North, South Bank Poetry and Mslexia.
Camille Ralphs started in Stoke, and has studied in Lancaster, Cambridge and soon Oxford. She is a senior poetry editor at The Missing Slate and was 2014’s Cambridge editor-in-chief of The Mays Anthology.
Photo © Matthew Fleming
Ben Rogers lives and works in London. His poetry has been published in magazines including Magma, Long Poem Magazine and Popshot, and he has also written a script for a puppet show and a radio sketch show that was broadcast on BBC London.
James Trevelyan grew up in the Midlands and now lives in London. His poems have been published in print and online magazines, and anthologised by the Emma Press. He is Poetry Reviews Editor for the Cadaverine and works as an Arts Administrator.
Alison Winch was born in Leeds and lives in London. Her book Girlfriends and Postfeminist Sisterhood (Palgrave 2014) looks at female friendship in the media, and she also writes on feminism and Buddhism. She is poetry editor for Soundings Journal.
Photo © Graeme Vaughan
The Emma Press has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets. The independent publisher, based in Winnersh and founded by Emma Wright with editor Rachel Piercey, has been shortlisted for the £5000 Publishers Award alongside Flipped Eye, Rack Press, Smith/Doorstop Press and Shearsman Books.
The Michael Marks Awards are run by the Wordsworth Trust and the British Library, with the support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. There are two awards: the Michael Marks Poetry Award, for ‘an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form’, and the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award, for ‘an outstanding UK publisher in pamphlet form, based on their publishing programme between July 2013 and the end of June 2014’.
The Emma Press published its first pamphlet, The Flower and the Plough, in January 2013 and will have published ten more by the end of 2014. They recently launched a pair of pamphlets, Oils by Belfast poet Stephen Sexton and Rivers Wanted by Rachel Piercey, with events in London, Oxford and Belfast.
The judges of the 2014 Awards were Tanya Kirk, Lead Curator of Printed Literary Sources at the British Library, Zaffar Kunial, current Poet-in-Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, and Andrew McCulloch, a poetry reviewer for the TLS.
The judges said: ‘A newcomer to the pamphlet world, the Emma Press was founded in 2012, with an aim to create poetry books that are visually stimulating with illustration and bespoke design. […] The judges were impressed by the confidence of this newly established press.’
Emma Wright said: ‘Rachel and I are beyond excited about being shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. Poetry pamphlets are quite an overlooked artform, by most literary awards as well as booksellers, but we believe that they are the key to finding new audiences for poetry. We are passionate about our books, and we are thrilled that the judges picked us to be on the shortlist.’
The results will be announced at a special dinner for the shortlisted poets and publishers on 25th November at the British Library.
Oils is Belfast poet Sexton’s debut pamphlet and features several poems inspired by paintings, including Peter Doig’s ‘Young Bean Farmer’ and Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. Sexton is currently studying for a PhD at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast and he won the inaugural Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition in 2012. He recently won third prize in the Poetry London Competition with his poem ‘Elegy for Olive Oyl‘.
Rivers Wanted is the first full-length pamphlet from London poet Rachel Piercey, following on from her short booklet of love poems, The Flower and the Plough, which was the very first publication of the Emma Press. Piercey works at the Poetry Society in London and is a poetry editor at the Cadaverine magazine. In 2008 she won the prestigious Newdigate Prize, previously won by poets including Fiona Sampson, Andrew Motion and Oscar Wilde.
The pamphlets were launched in London on 16th October and will be launched in Belfast on 30th October at the Crescent Arts Centre, as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. For more details about this event, please visit the festival website. Entry is free, but booking is essential.
About the Emma Press
The Emma Press is an independent publisher dedicated to producing books which are beautiful and thought-provoking. It was founded in 2012 in Winnersh, UK, by Emma Wright, formerly of Orion Books. The Emma Press has just been shortlisted in the 2014 Michael Marks Awards for poetry pamphlet publishers.