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About the Journal
Professor Robert Sheppard and Dr Scott Thurston are the editors for the forthcoming Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. The journal will centre on the poetic writings that have appeared in Britain and Ireland since the late 1950s under various categorizations: for example avant-garde, underground, linguistically innovative, second-wave Modernist, non-mainstream, the British Poetry Revival, the parallel tradition, formally innovative, neo-modernist and experimental, while also including the Cambridge School, the London School, concrete poetry, and performance writing. Terms variously adopted and contested by anthologies such as Children of Albion (1969), The New British Poetry (1988), A Various Art (1987), Floating Capital (1991), Conductors of Chaos (1996), Out of Everywhere (1996), Foil (2000), and the Anthology of British and Irish Poetry (2001).
Robert Sheppard (Edge Hill University)
Scott Thurston (University of Salford)
Peter Barry (University of Wales at Aberystwyth)
Caroline Bergvall (University of Southampton)
Charles Bernstein (University of Pennsylvania)
Andrea Brady (Queen Mary College, University of London)
Ian Davidson (University of Wales at Bangor)
Alex Davis (University College Cork)
Allen Fisher (Manchester Metropolitan University)
John Hall (University College Falmouth, incorporating Dartington College of Arts)
Robert Hampson (Royal Bedford and Holloway College, University of London)
Romana Huk (University of Notre Dame)
Elizabeth James (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Tony Lopez (University of Plymouth)
Anthony Mellors (Birmingham City University)
Professor Peter Middleton (University of Southampton)
Ian Patterson (Queens; College, University of Cambridge)
Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)
William Rowe (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Keith Tuma (University of Miami, Ohio)
Tim Woods (University of Wales at Aberystwyth)
Aims and Scope
In recent years there have been a number of academic conferences dedicated to 'innovative poetry' and its variants, including the Birkbeck conferences on poetics over the last 10 years, and several at the University of Plymouth including the successful Poetry and Public Language, which resulted in a volume of the same title (2007). The equivalent North American work is well-represented in academic work, but researchers on British and Irish poetry have no dedicated referred journal, although a number of important books have been published lately, including Anthony Mellors's Late Modernist Poetry(2005), Robert Sheppard's The Poetry of Saying (2005), Ian Davidson's Ideas of Space in Contemporary Poetry (2006), Tony Lopez's Meaning Performance (2007) and John Wilkinson's The Lyric Touch (2007), as well as the expanding Salt Companion series, for which the two editors have edited a volume each. And, because one of the growing academic contexts for the development of debate about this contemporary writing is within creative writing teaching, learning and research, the journal is proposing to carry critical writing that derives from practice-led research and poetics. It is also proposing to occasionally consider questions of the pedagogy of teaching both the reading and writing of innovative poetry.