After Sylvia

After Sylvia 

Edited by Ian Humphreys and Sarah Corbett

ISBN: 9781913437565

eISBN: 9781913437572

Price: £9.99 tbc


Publication date: 20th October 2022

Format: Paperback

Extent: 72pp

DCF: Poetry Collections



Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection Zebra is with Nine Arches Press. His work is widely published in journals including The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Magma. Awards include first prize in the Hamish Canham Prize, and highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Zebra was nominated for the Portico Prize. A fellow of The Complete Works, Ian’s poems are showcased in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe). He is the Editor of Why I Write Poetry:

Essays on Becoming a Poet, Keeping Going and Advice for the Writing Life (Nine Arches Press, 2021), an anthology of 25 essays from contemporary poets.


Sarah Corbett is a poet, writer, teacher, producer and editor. She has published five poetry collections, most recently A Perfect Mirror (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018), including the verse-novel And She Was (Pavilion Poetry, 2015). Both collections were Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prizes. Her first collection The Red Wardrobe (Seren, 1998) won an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize and the T.S. Eliot prize. A new collection is forthcoming from Pavilion in 2023. Sarah also writes fiction and has won two Northern Writer's Awards and her work has been longlisted for the Mslexia and Caledonia first novel prizes. Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, and lives in Hebden Bridge, where she will direct the first Sylvia Plath Literary Festival in 2022.


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What motivates poets in the 21st century? How do they find their voice? What themes and subject matters inspire them? How do they cope with set-backs and deal with success? What keeps them writing? Why I Write Poetry, edited by Ian Humphreys combines lively and thought-provoking essays, along with individual writing prompts to help you create your own new poetry.


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