Fiona Sampson to launch new poetry magazine
Fiona Sampson, who resigned as editor of Poetry Review earlier this year, is to launch and edit a new poetry magazine next month. The first issue of POEM magazine, described as an international English language quarterly, is due on 24 January. The first issue will include poetry from Sean O’Brien and Michael Symmons Roberts, an interview with Paul Muldoon, and new work by emerging poets. Andrew Motion, Don Paterson and John Burnside are among those on Poem’s advisory board.
In a lengthy interview with Write Out Loud’s Frances Spurrier earlier this year - just before she quit Poetry Review in the wake of turmoil at the Poetry Society in 2011 - Sampson said: “I do believe that in schools everyone should be taught the canon. It is not elitist to teach that certain writers can be thought of as amazing - to present that as a fact.”
In the same interview she also revealed that Poetry Review received a staggering 60,000 submissions a year, although it only had 4,000 subscribers, and added: "Everyone thinks they can write poetry. It is like photography."
The magazine may be contacted at POEMmagazine@yahoo.co.uk.