"Eyewear has an estimable list of books" – PN Review
"Eyewear has been a very considerable presence in contemporary poetry." - John Greening
Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is an independently-funded publishing company (a little press) founded in 2012 based in London, UK.
The founder was inspired by his mentor Louis Dudek, an early small-press advocate, to pursue publishing as a form of critical and cultural advocacy, and community building.
Our books have been recommended by such figures as Stephen Fry, Salman Rushdie, Clare Pollard, Vicki Feaver, and The Rev. Jess Jackson.
Eyewear has 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 Times, Poetry (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Review and Poetry London; and have won major prizes for criticism (The Pegasus Award) and for poetry (The Edwin Morgan Award), 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 and the USA, distributed by Central and SPD. 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.
If you’d like to support our work, you can get in touch at info at eyewearpublishing dot com.
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Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true. Come and see what we have to offer…
Founder: Dr Todd Swift
Todd has been editing poetry collections for over 30 years. He is the editor or co-editor of numerous global anthologies, including Carcanet’s Modern Canadian Poets. He is author of ten full collections of poetry, including Seaway: New & Selected Poems, from Salmon, Ireland. His poems have appeared in many leading journals in America, Australia, Britain, Canada and Ireland, such as Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Review, Poetry London, PRISM International, The Globe and Mail, Jacket, and New American Writing. He was Oxfam GB’s poet-in-residence, based in Marylebone, 2004-2012. He has been Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18. He and his family are the main patrons of the press.
Pamphlet Series Editor: Ms Rosanna Hildyard
Rosanna is a graduate of English Language & Literature from Oxford University, specialising in illustration, book retail and material features of the book - anything but the words. She has edited and written for several student publications and regional newspapers including The Isis Magazine, The Northern Echo and The York Evening Press, and also enjoys making her own 'zines. She was our senior editor for almost two years, but will be starting an MA at Goldsmiths in autumn 2018 and will then work part-time as our pamphlet series editor. She has worn glasses since the age of 5, and thinks if you're lucky enough to need them, flaunt them.
Book Design: Mr Edwin Smet
Edwin has worked as an independent graphic designer for 19 years, and is based in The Netherlands. He has published three books of poems and images, Pessoa loopt door de straten van New York (2005), Een Landschap (2008) and A Repetition Of Something Useless That Might Be Considered Beautiful (2015). He was included in The Poet's Quest For God. Over the last eight years, he has focused more and more on painting and designing books. He had glasses when he was ten, but the operation went well. Fortunately he is allowed to work for Eyewear, though.
Editor: Ms Cate Myddleton-Evans
Cate graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature, writing her final dissertation on William Blake. She also has an MA in Acting, which was born from a love for stories, literature and especially poetry. She was managing editor of Eyewear before taking time off to pursue other interests, but is now back part-time. She was the editor for our best-selling title, Idiot Verse, by Keaton Henson. She has studied with The Poetry School in London, and spent many wonderful evenings listening to poetry readings. She wears glasses and contact lenses interchangeably, depending on the mood.
Editor/Marketing: Mr Oliver Jones
Oliver is a Latino (British-Peruvian) copywriter and poet who studied PPE at Oxford University. He is the former Content Editor at Debut Contemporary and his first book, Donald Trump: The Rhetoric was published by Eyewear in 2016. In addition to being an enthusiastic writer and blogger, he is an accomplished classical pianist and has played in a variety of underground London bands. He often sports a stylish pair of slightly crushed Ray-Ban knock-offs, a crime for which we all bear some responsibility.
Associate Editor: Ms Tara Khandelwal
Tara is an editor and writer. A graduate of Columbia University and Imperial College, she has worked with companies like Times of India, Penguin, BloombergQuint, and HarperCollins New York. She is the founder of Bound, a company that hosts writers’ retreats and workshops.