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The Eyewear Team

"Eyewear has an estimable list of books" – PN Review, January 2016

Eyewear Publishing Ltd.

is a British indie micro-press founded in 2012 by Todd Swift, based in London., UK  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. Our poets have appeared in the annual Forward anthologies, and been PBS Choices. 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, from America, or various genres. We are varied and welcoming, with a commitment to diversity.

If you’d like to support our work, you can get in touch with Todd Swift, director and publisher, at info@eyewearpublishing.com

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Our range is wide, our remit international, and our aim true.  Come and see what we have to offer…

Our Team

Director and Editor-in-chief: Dr Todd Swift

Todd 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 at several universities. 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, 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 is Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18.

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Senior EditorRosanna 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 has worn glasses since the age of 5, and thinks if you're lucky enough to need them, flaunt them.


Book Design: 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. 

Managing Editor: Alexandra Payne

Alex has a Master's degree in Writing from the University of Warwick and was Editor-in-Chief of Fractals, an anthology of short stories, poems and beginnings of novels. She can mostly be found reading, writing or hanging out with her cat, and recently bought a pair of fold-up Ray-Bans.

 Editor: 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 plays 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.

Assistant Editor (USA based): Sarah Burk

Sarah is pursuing a degree in English literature and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she manages publicity for Global Music Outreach. When not doing the above, she can be found rummaging around for where she last left her glasses.