New guest editors announced for The Poetry Review

The Poetry Society is delighted to announce new guest editorships for the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 issues of The Poetry Review as regular Editor Emily Berry is taking a short writing sabbatical until Summer 2020.

The Poetry Society welcomes Colette Bryce as Editor of the Winter 2019 issue, which is published in December. Colette Bryce, who has previously edited Poetry London and will become editor of Poetry Ireland in 2020, said:  “The Poetry Review occupies an essential place in the UK literary eco-system and, indeed, a great deal of space on my own bookshelves, where I see issues dating back to the early 1990s. That it keeps pace with the contemporary moment, while always in conversation with our long tradition, is a balancing act I’ve admired as a reader and contributor over many years. It will be an adventure for me to step into the desk space of the excellent Editor, Emily Berry, and immerse myself in the poems and slim volumes that arrive in impressive numbers by the day. I look forward to curating a selection of the very best of both for the Winter 2019 issue.” 

Mary Jean Chan and Will Harris will be joint Editors of the Spring 2020 issue, which is published in March. 

Mary Jean Chan said:   “I am truly excited to be working alongside Will for the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review. It will be a joy to contemplate and discuss over the coming months what we would like to feature in our joint issue, not least because of the wealth of talent we see in British poetry today. The Poetry Review was the first poetry magazine I read upon arriving in London in 2014, and I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity by Emily to learn and grow in an editorial capacity, and to bring new perspectives to a literary magazine that has nurtured my own creative and critical thinking over the past five years.” 
Will Harris said: “It’s such an honour to be editing the spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with Mary Jean. I’ve been reading the magazine since I started writing as a teenager, and it’s always been the place I’ve looked to for inspiration and direction: for poems, essays and reviews that reflect a genuine and ever-replenishing plurality of views and styles; for work that, as Cathy Park Hong puts it, has ‘multiple entryways and exits through the soaring use of aberrant vernaculars’. It’s where I’ve discovered poets and discovered what I think about poetry. I hope our issue will do the same for others!” 

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12 September 2019