35 YEARS OF LITERARY QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE!
Eyewear Publishing Ltd. joined up with Black Spring Press (with its imprint Dexter Haven) in 2019 to form a new Indie press group of remarkable cultural reach and quality in the heart of London, UK.
Founded in 1985, The Black Spring Press list has published literary classics and major figures, including Leonard Cohen, Orson Welles, Anais Nin, Momus, Carolyn Cassady, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Cave, and many more. It was named after the classic by Henry Miller, a collection of stories entitled Black Spring, published in 1963 by the important indie company Grove Press in New York. It is dedicated to Anais Nin. Hence, the identity and vision of the press was declared instantly, as celebrating outsider, underground, outlaw, radical and avant-garde voices and styles, unafraid of exploring taboo subjects and expressing the truths about human lives.
We are part of the Independent Publishers Group as well as the Publishers Association.
We are incredibly proud to have an impeccable business, financial and legal record for all of our three and a half decades. Our spotless tax, financial and legal record speaks to our team's longstanding integrity, sense of duty, and professionalism, working in Canada, the USA, Ireland and the UK since 1985 in one form or another of company.
Our books have been recommended by such figures as Vicki Feaver, Stephen Fry, Gina Miller, Salman Rushdie, and The Rev. Jesse Jackson.
We have a commitment to the wider world of prose, and poetry, in English and translation. We search for emerging talent and neglected out-of-work authors, as well as well-established figures.
Our books have been well-reviewed in The TLS, The Sewanee Review, The Times, Poetry (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Review and Poetry London; and have won major prizes for criticism (The Pegasus Award) and for poetry and been longlisted and shortlisted for others, including The Forward Prize and the Somerset Maugham award from the Society of Authors. Our poets have appeared in the annual Forward anthologies, and been PBS Choices and Recommendations.
Our books appear in major bookshops across the UK, Ireland Canada and the USA, distributed by Booksource, LitDistCo and SPD. We are represented by Quantum Publishing Solutions sales team.
Our authors include a Poet Laureate of Canada, a TS Eliot winner, a Pulitzer winner, and the world’s leading expert on John Ashbery. Our renowned pamphlet series has been shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Award, given each year at The British Library. Our novels have been optioned for film, and adapted for radio and broadcast on the BBC.
In short, we are well-versed in what is good to read. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize we discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working with writers at all stages of their careers. Our Sexton and Beverly prizes also encourage writers, in various genres. Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true. Come and see what we have to offer…
'...an estimable list of books.' – PN Review
'...a very considerable presence in contemporary poetry.' – John Greening
'The green dragon of Swift moves over the cogs with an endless pissing sound, grinding down fine and foreshortened the human-sized midgets that are sucked in like macaroni.' - Henry Miller, 'The Fourteenth Ward' from Black Spring
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