The Eyewear Team
'Eyewear has an estimable list of books.' – PN Review
'Eyewear has been a very considerable presence in contemporary poetry.' - John Greening
'Eyewear [has] heroically fought to architect a publishing incentive that gives voice to the radical individual and not the largely visionless contents of sanitised literary publishing.' - Jeremy Reed
Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is an independently-funded publishing company (a little press) founded in 2012 based in London, UK. Over the years, it has operated as a kind of training ground for a group of brilliant younger editors, often moving on to distinguished careers at major houses or organisations.
The founder was inspired by his mentor Louis Dudek, a modernist 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, Gina Miller, Salman Rushdie, Vicki Feaver, The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Vahni Capildeo.
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 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 (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, or make a donation, or apply for freelance work, you can get in touch at info at eyewearpublishing dot com.
Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true. Come and see what we have to offer…
The Eyewear Team:
Acting Director: Mr M. John Penny
John ("MJ") has 15 years experience in retail at Oxfam Great Britain, 12 of them as Manager of the charity's flagship Bookshop, in London, UK. Before that, he was an engineer and accountant. He ran national poetry contests at Oxfam, and hosted the long-running Oxfam Poetry Series for ten years. He is married, with two children, and divides his time between the UK and Turkey. He is a passionate Chelsea supporter, and collector of Harry Potter and Agatha Christie editions. His father worked on the famous Goon Show.
Senior 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 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.
Managing Editor/Admin: Ms Hanna Smolyanitsky
Hanna is a Canadian student originally from the University of Toronto, currently on exchange for the year at UCL in vibrant London. Despite her lack of need for bifocals, she is thrilled to have joined the Eyewear team.
Poetry Editor: Dr Alex Wylie
Alex has published numerous articles on modern poetry, and has a book on Geoffrey Hill's later work coming out with Manchester University Press in 2019. His debut poetry collection is forthcoming in October 2018. He is a lecturer at York St John University.
Chief Creative Officer: Dr Stanley 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 was Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18. He founded Eyewear in 2012 and is its chief patron.
Book Design: Mr Edwin Smet
Edwin has worked as an independent graphic designer for over two decades, 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.
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.
Associate Editor/PR: Ms Jane Collins
Jane has over 25 years experience as a journalist, editor, and writer. Her articles have appeared in many well-known newspapers and magazines for decades. She has written a feminist study of sex advice for women, published by an imprint of HarperCollins; she now wears reading glasses after years of 20/20 vision. She lives in London.
Logistics Manager/Stock Controller: Mr Ayrun Mason
With a colourful career history, including working as a model, secretary, courier, tour guide and gardener, Ayrun is now putting his range of practical skills to perfect use at Eyewear. He is based in London.