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  • Eyewear Gives Thanks For These Six American Poets This November

    Eyewear Publishing continues to develop its trans-Atlantic mission of publishing American and Canadian poets so they can reach a wider audience in the UK and Ireland, and vice versa. We are very humbled and pleased to announce as this American Thanksgiving arrives, that we will be publishing the following six American poets in the next 12-18 months, each adding to the rich poetic diversity of our list.

    Janet Kaplan

    Janet Kaplan’s previous titles are Dreamlife of a Philanthropist: Prose Poems & Prose Sonnets, winner of the 2011 Ernest Sandeen Prize (University of Notre Dame Press), The Glazier’s Country, winner of the 2003 Poets Out Loud Prize (Fordham University Press) and The Groundnote (Alice James Books, 1998). Her honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts, fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Cross Currents, Denver Quarterly, Interim, The Paris Review, Pool, The Prose Poem Project, Sentence, The Southampton Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Zarf and many others, as well as in the anthologies An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2007) and Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James (Alice James Books, 2012). She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University and is a long-standing member of the creative writing faculty at Hofstra University, where she edits the digital literary magazine AMP.


    Ricky Ray

    Ricky Ray was born in Florida and educated at Columbia University. He is the founding editor of the journal Rascal and his work appears in numerous periodicals on both sides of the pond, including The American Scholar, Fugue, The Georgetown Review, Amaryllis, Concis and One. His awards include the Fortnight Poetry Prize, the Ron McFarland Poetry Prize and Katexic's Cormac McCarthy Prize. He has performed alongside such luminaries as Saul Williams and currently lives in Manhattan. Pulitzer laureate Claudia Emerson lauded his work "for its inventiveness, lyricism and mystery," and admired "the way it works with memory and finally catches memory off its guard."


    Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

    Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers's debut poetry collection, Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), selected for the Miller Williams Series, was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, FIELD, Guernica, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, Washington Square, and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction essays can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Best American Travel Writing 2017, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She received the 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellowship. Rogers is currently the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English-Creative Writing at Hendrix College. She is also a contributing editor for the Kenyon Review and a volunteer for the Veterans' Writing Project.

    Sue Hyon Bae

    Sue Hyon Bae was raised in South Korea, Malaysia, and Texas. She received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her co-translation of Kim Hyesoon’s A Cup of Red Mirror will be published by Action Books in 2018. She lives in Sacramento.

    Anthony Desmond

    Anthony Desmond is a twenty-five-year-old Detroit born writer & poet. Desmond's poetry can be found in magazines and anthologies, including: What is Inspiration: Thoughts on Life Series Vol. 1, Railroad Poetry Magazine, The Rusty Nail Magazine; Recipes for Hemlock (anthology from Boston Poetry Magazine), Signal from Static: a collection of modern poetry & The d'Verse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry. His debut pamphlet will come from Eyewear in early 2018.

    Steve Kronen

    Steve Kronen's previous collections are Splendor , (BOA) and Empirical Evidence, (University of Georgia Press). His work has appeared in The New Republic, The American Scholar, Poetry, Agni, APR, Little Star, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Yale Review, the New Statesman, and The Threepenny Review. He has received an NEA, three Florida Individual Artist fellowships, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the James Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. He received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He is a librarian in Miami, Florida, where he lives with his wife, novelist Ivonne Lamazares (The Sugar Island), and their daughter Sophie.

  • Faisal Mohyuddin Wins the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry


    THE SEXTON PRIZE, JUDGED THIS YEAR BY MAJOR POET KIMIKO HAHN, HAS BEEN WON BY Faisal Mohyuddin, for his debut poetry collection The Displaced Children of Displaced Children 

    Mohyuddin's work was selected from a remarkably diverse and competitive shortlist. His prize will be $1000 USD, and publication by British, London-based independent publishing house, Eyewear – and his book will be distributed across the USA by SPD and in the UK and Ireland by Central Books. 

    Final Judge Professor Hahn - Distinguished Professor, English Department MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation Queens College, The City University of New York - said of the winning book: “Mohyuddin's craft is composed of measurable touches that go hardly noticed. And the subject! Serious stuff , yes, but the collection contains a variety of tones and concerns. There is the jelly-fish in space (lament though the poem may be), a talking banana, binging on pumpkin pie. To be sure, the title refers to diaspora and the poems refer to families in and immigrants from Pakistan. There are a literal landscapes and clear memories to be enjoyed. And yet, because these poems are so well crafted and the emotion so well expressed, the subject matter is overtaken by such themes as boundary, legacy, loss, claim. Whether a long narrative poem, or shorter lyric poems, these are the works of a poet, mature in his concerns and thinking.” 

    Mohyuddin had this reaction to his win: “For years I have turned to Kimiko Hahn’s poetry to find beauty, inspiration, love, and, above all, a feeling of home. Few poets’ work moves me the way her work moves me. So when I learned Professor Hahn had selected my collection as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize, I was incredibly honored, elated, and quite honestly flabbergasted. This is undoubtedly an amazing honor, the depths of which I cannot fully grasp. For that, I am profoundly grateful to Professor Hahn and to everyone at Eyewear.” 

    Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing, forthcoming Fall 2017 from Backbone Press. He is the recipient of the 2014 Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, and his work has also appeared in Narrative, RHINO, Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the anthology Misrepresented People: Poets Respond to Trump’s America. A graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago, and an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.  He is a proud American Muslim of Pakistani descent.

    Eyewear books was founded in 2012 by Cambridge writer-in-residence Dr Todd Swift, and publishes works by leading poets, including Paul Muldoon, George Szirtes, Rebecca Gayle Howell, George Elliott Clarke, Hester Knibbe, Sumia Sukkar, Don Share, Keaton Henson, Jan Owen, Mark Ford and Elspeth Smith. 

    The runners- up are:

    The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons by Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

    Truce Country by Sue Hyon Bae 

    They will both be offered a publishing contract for Eyewear and a $200 USD advance as their prize. Of these Judge Hanh said: “In a very rich and complex grouping of brilliant collections, these still stood out for me.” 

    Mohyuddin’s book will be published in early 2018 in time for AWP, and will be formally launched in London sometime next year. 

    Last year's winner was American Purgatory, selected by Don Share, and written by Rebecca Gayle Howell. It was an indie best-seller this past year.


    EYEWEAR PUBLISHING has secured the rights to publish a pamphlet, then book, of poems, as well as online performances and videos, from multi-talented rising British star, Khariis Ubiaro.

    Eyewear has acquired rights to publish simultaneously in the UK, Ireland and USA, and the books will be available worldwide from Eyewear’s website and trans-Atlantic distributors.

    Khariis Ubiaro, born in London in 1998, is a renaissance talent - as actor, dancer, singer, poet, and model - and he appears in the hotly-anticipated major motion picture, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). His poetry is mythic, personal, political, and ultimately addresses issues of identity, race, youth and music culture, and life's challenges, with passion, humour, and integrity.

    We are proud to bring this work to a wider public.

  • Eyewear's Submission Opportunities for 2017

    January 6—LONDON 

    Eyewear Publishing LTD is pleased to announce its 2017 submission opportunities for poets and writers. For full guidelines, codes of ethics, and further information, visit or Eyewear's Submittable page.

    The Sexton Prize

    The Sexton Prize is an annual publication award with a $1,000 honorarium for an outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet at any career stage. The winning manuscript is published, distributed, and marketed by Eyewear Publishing LTD in both the United States and the United Kingdom simultaneously. The previous winner of The Sexton Prize (2016) - SELECTED BY Final Judge DON SHARE-  is Rebecca Gayle Howell for American Purgatory

    The final judge for the 2017 Sexton Prize is PROFESSOR KIMIKO HAHN.

    Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections inspired by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Hahn takes pleasure in the challenges of collaboration, most recently with Lauren Henkin’s photographic series. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

    photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

    The fee to submit to The Sexton Prize is $25.


    The Melita Hume Poetry Prize

    The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an annual poetry publication award with a £1,000 honorarium for an original, first full-length collection by a poet under 35 years of age, resident in the UK or Ireland, writing in the English language. Previous years’ winners include Caleb Klaces for Bottled Air, Marion McCready for Tree Language, Amy Blakemore for Humbert Summer, Maria Apichella for Psalmody, Tony Chan for Four Points Fourteen Lines, and Jenna Clake for Fortune Cookie.

    The final judge for the 2017 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Vahni Capildeo.


    Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer. Her published books are No Traveller Returns, Person Animal Figure, Undraining Sea (shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award), All Your Houses (a limited-edition artist’s book with photometry by Andre Bagoo), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (longlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize), Utter, Simple Complex Shapes, and Measures of Expatriation (winner of the Forward Best Collection Prize). She read English at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently became a Rhodes Scholar there, completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, which overlapped with her Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, is a contributing editor for the Caribbean Review of Books, and a contributing advisor to Blackbox Manifold.

    The fee to submit to the Melita Hume Poetry Prize is £20.00


    The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018

    The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets writing in the English language in the UK and Ireland. The final fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets in spring of 2018. 

    Submissions open 2 April and close 15 September. 

    The judge for the 2018 Best New British and Irish Poets competition is Maggie Smith.


    Maggie Smith is the author of the forthcoming Weep Up, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and three prizewinning pamphlets. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Magma, Waxwing, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a consulting editor to the Kenyon Review. Her poem ‘Good Bones’ was a global phenomenon in 2016.

    The fee to submit to The Best New British and Irish Poets is £10.00


    The Beverly Series

    Original, previously unpublished manuscripts of any genre, written in the English language, that are ineligible for submission to the Hume and Sexton Prizes are welcomed for consideration in The Beverly Series. The series acknowledges an outstanding work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or criticism by an author of any nationality and any career stage. The work of one or more authors will be selected from open readings in the 2017 series. Eyewear Publishing LTD will announce its selection in the first week of January, 2018. The previous winner of The Beverly Series is Sohini Basak for We Live in the Newness of Small Differences.

    Submissions remain open until 15 September, 2017. 

    The final judge for the 2017 Beverly Series is Todd Swift, Director of Eyewear Publishing LTD. 

    Dr Todd Swift is a British-Canadian expert on modern and contemporary poetry, and has been editing poetry collections for over 20 years. He has been a university teacher working with BA, MA and PhD students, in Budapest, London, and Glasgow. He is the editor or co-editor of numerous global anthologies, including Carcanet’s Modern Canadian Poets. He is author of nine full collections of poetry, including Seaway: New & Selected Poems, from Salmon, Ireland. His Selected Poems was published in 2014 by Marick Press, USA. His poems have appeared in many leading journals in America, Australia, Britain, Canada and Ireland. He was Oxfam GB’s poet-in-residence, based in Marylebone, 2004-2012. He will be Visiting Scholar/Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18.

    The fee to submit to the Beverly Series is £20.00


    The Lorgnette Pamphlet Series

    Building on the success of Eyewear's 2015 Michael Marks Publishers’ Award-shortlisted 20/20 Pamphlet series, and our 2016 Aviator Pamphlet series, we are pleased to announce our 2017 Lorgnette Pamphlet Series, selected and edited by Todd Swift. Eyewear will select and publish 20 limited-edition pamphlets from this open reading period. All poets working in the English language are welcome to submit original, previously unpublished pamphlets for consideration.


    The fee to submit to The Lorgnette Pamphlet Series is £20.00.