The Poetry Review is the most widely-read poetry magazine in the UK. The Review’s editor, Maurice Riordan leads an editorial masterclass with poets Emily Berry and Kayo Chingonyi, who have just joined Riordan as the latest guest co-editors of the magazine. What makes an editor say yes, no, or maybe? Find out, as the editors discuss their experiences and dissect some sample submissions.
Maurice Riordan has been editor of The Poetry Review since 2013. Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University, Riordan has published poetry collections including A Word from the Loki and The Water Stealer both shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. He has edited a number of anthologies and was also editor of Poetry London 2005-2009.
Emily Berry’s Dear Boy won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She was a co-editor of the anthology series Stop/Sharpening/Your/Knives, and editor of Salt’s Best British Poetry 2015 Her second collection, Stranger, Baby, will be published by Faber in 2017.
Kayo Chingonyi won the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and was one of ten poets selected for 'The Complete Works 2' mentoring scheme and published in Bloodaxe’s anthology Ten: The New Wave. He co-edited Magma 62 and is author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream. His first full-length collection is forthcoming in 2017 from Chatto & Windus.