Fiona Sampson to leave Poetry Review

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The editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson, is leaving the Poetry Society to develop her career in other directions, the Poetry Society announced today. The society said: “She is in great demand as a reader of her work, a teacher and lecturer, and as a judge of poetry competitions. Relinquishing the editorship of Poetry Review will give her the time to extend her very considerable achievements in all these areas, and shift her editorial work to a more international focus.”

In a wide-ranging interview with Frances Spurrier for Write Out Loud last month,  Sampson talked of the 6,000 submissions annually that Poetry Review received, and also spoke of the teaching of poetry in schools, which started an enthusiastic debate on Write Out Loud.  

Sampson is a leading poet and translator who has been twice shortlisted for the TS Eliot and Forward prizes. She was appointed editor of Poetry Review in March 2005, and in 2009 edited A Century of Poetry Review which surveyed the journal’s history since its foundation, and provided a substantial anthology of poems and prose published in it since its inception.

The Poetry Society said: “Throughout her time with Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson has been a committed and professional editor who has produced a series of issues which both maintain and extend the society’s position as the leading national organisation for poetry in Britain. The Poetry Society wishes her every success in her future career.”

The spring issue of Poetry Review will be published on 29 March, featuring the winning entries in the National Poetry Competition, as well as work by poets and critics including Robin Robertson, Marilyn Hacker, David Morley, Anne Stevenson, and Ahren Warner. Poetry Review’s summer issue will be guest-edited by George Szirtes.

Photograph: Adrian Pope 




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M.C. Newberry

Wed 29th Feb 2012 20:04

The lead item in the Londoner's Diary column (London Evening Standard today 29/02/2012) begins "Another round of quills at dawn" to describe the goings-on and more to the point - the goings - at the Poetry Society. It reports Fiona Sampson's departure "due to ill health". But at least poetry is making the news.
Better to be talked about than ignored perhaps?

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Chris Co

Sat 25th Feb 2012 15:14

It's certainly had a lot of odd
'goings on'...what with all the crazy veiled language and politics of the last year.

It's only just got its funding back.
It begs the question; is this a continuation of prior politics?

Not sure how relevant Poetry Review is for poets these days, but if it carries on in the vein of last year; the trajectory will be downward.

Fergus Pickering

Sat 25th Feb 2012 06:47

Poetry Review has become very cliquey and exclusive. And losing subscribers.

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Chris Co

Sat 25th Feb 2012 01:43

In what way Fergus?

Fergus Pickering

Sat 25th Feb 2012 00:49

This looks like good news long overdue.

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