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  • EYEWEAR SIGNS IMPRESSIVE YOUNG BRITISH TALENT KHARIIS UBIARO

    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. 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 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

    CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WINS LEADING UK POETRY BOOK PRIZE

    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.

  • Sohini Basak wins the 2016 Beverly Series Prize

    January 3—LONDON 

    Eyewear Publishing LTD is pleased to announce that Sohini Basak, of Barrackpore, India, is the winner of the 2016 Beverly Series for her debut collection of poetry, We Live in the Newness of Small Differences.

    The 2016 Beverley Series was open to original manuscripts in any genre by any writer working in the English language. The series received a wide range of submissions from writers both emerging and established, in over thirteen countries, writing memoir, poetry, short stories, novels, and experimental forms. Kelly Davio, Eyewear’s Senior Editor and the final judge for the 2016 Beverly Series, selected We Live in the Newness of Small Differences from a pool of fourteen finalists determined by Eyewear’s editorial team of judges, Oliver Jones, Rosanna Hildyard, and Todd Swift.

    Davio had this to say of the selection process:

    ‘With such a range of worthy manuscripts from which to select, I had a challenging job in selecting a winner for The Beverly Series. Ultimately, I had to rely on what surprised me, what delighted me, what made me forget that I was judging a competition and allowed me to immerse myself in a fully realized work. Sohini Basak’s We Live in the Newness of Small Differences is all of those things. It’s an impressive collection with a controlled voice, an attention to musicality, a beautiful execution of the craft, and a playful sense of the elasticity and possibility of the line. I have no doubt that this book’s publication will mark the emergence of a powerful new voice in the poetry world, and I’m proud that we at Eyewear have the opportunity to bring this work to the reading public.’

    Basak’s poetry and fiction have appeared in journals including 3: AM Magazine, Out of Print, Suburban Review, Missing Slate, Ambit, Lighthouse, Ofi Press, Helter Skelter, and Paris Lit Up, as well as in print anthologies of Emma Press and Poetrywala. She won second prize at the inaugural RædLeaf India Poetry Prize in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Melita Hume and the Jane Martin poetry prizes in 2014. She was a 2015-2016 fellow of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective.

    Basak studied literature and creative writing at the universities of Delhi, Warwick, and East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury continuation grant for poetry. She is a social media manager for the translation journal Asymptote. She grew up in Barrackpore and currently lives in Delhi.

    Eyewear will publish We Live in the Newness of Small Differences in 2018. To reserve an advance review copy, contact info@eyewearpublishing.com