Kayo Chingonyi to co-edit the Autumn issue of The Poetry Review

Chingonyi, Kayo June 16
The Poetry Society is delighted to announce that award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi will co-edit the Autumn 2016 issue of The Poetry Review. He will work alongside the Review‘s Editor, Maurice Riordan.  

Kayo follows Emily Berry, who co-edited the Summer issue, in a Poetry Society project designed to widen editorial opportunities for writers and critics in 2016, and to extend the editorial range of one of the world’s most exciting magazines for contemporary poetry and criticism.

Kayo won the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, presented annually by The Poetry Review and The Poetry Society. In 2014, he was one of ten poets selected for The Complete Works 2 mentoring scheme. In 2015, he was appointed Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, and he is currently poet-in-residence on a joint project between Royal Holloway, University of London and Counterpoints Arts exploring the intersection of migration, art and activism. He is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012), and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection is forthcoming in 2017 from Chatto & Windus.

“I’m excited to be working as co-editor for The Poetry Review,” Chingonyi said. “There is nothing like sitting down with a big stack of poems and reading through them, not knowing what I’ll find.”

Maurice Riordan said: “I’m delighted to be working with Kayo, a gifted poet at the outset of his career who I expect will give a whole new impetus to the magazine.”

A joint editorship opportunity will also be offered on the Winter issue of The Poetry Review and expressions of interest from people with a record of publication and some editorial expertise are welcomed. Applicants should write to Maurice Riordan at The Poetry Review, or email: [email protected] no later than 8 July (earlier than first advertised).

Look out for the Summer 2016 issue of Review, published on 29 June 2016, jointly edited by Emily Berry and Maurice Riordan, which includes new poems by Ilya Kaminsky, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Graham Mort, Heather Phillipson, Denise Riley, Mary Ruefle and others. Bernard O’Donoghue reflects on Heaney’s Aeneid VI, Tom Sleigh writes on David Jones’s animal drawings, Holly Pester offers a rebellious reading of Adrienne Rich, and Inua Ellams pens a letter from Nairobi. There are reviews of Vahni Capildeo, Frederick Seidel, Luke Kennard, and Matthew and Michael Dickman. The issue also presents the winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2015.

The Summer issue will be launched at Keats House, London, on Thursday 21 July 2016.