Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

I’m delighted that one of the poems first published at And Other Poems, the online site I edit, has been highly commended in this year’s Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in their annual anthology. The poem is ‘Personality Test with Worked Examples’ by Richard Price and can be viewed at And OtherContinue reading “Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes”

No Big Leaps in February

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that’s just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio playContinue reading “No Big Leaps in February”

November 2020 at And Other Poems

The subtitle of this post could be “Hold your phone sideways” since this is the best way to read poems on websites if you’re reading from your phone. Once you do it, you’ll never regret it.   This month, my poetry site And Other Poems opened its doors again after a twenty month break. IContinue reading “November 2020 at And Other Poems”

Reading many poems

When 2020 began, it wasn’t my intention to return to my poetry site And Other Poems – to be honest, I’ve been enjoying not reading through submitted poems, replying to enquiries, accepting or rejecting poems (never easy to say “no thank you” to someone, especially people who I count as friends or who I’ve got toContinue reading “Reading many poems”

Sarah Hymas’ poem at And Other Poems in this year’s Forward Prizes

Most of you know that I founded and edited a poetry site called And Other Poems for six years and retired the site at the end of 2018. One of my final jobs as editor was to nominate three poems for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and I’m pleased to say that SarahContinue reading “Sarah Hymas’ poem at And Other Poems in this year’s Forward Prizes”

Lunar Poetry Podcasts

There’s an excellent interview with poet and editor Rishi Dastidar at Lunar Poetry.  Rishi talks about his approach to putting together his debut poetry collection Ticker-Tape (Nine Arches, 2017) and explains how he first approached Jane Commane at Nine Arches, as well as his method of editing and ordering the poems.  He also chats aboutContinue reading “Lunar Poetry Podcasts”

UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize

The Forward Arts Foundation, sponsors of The Forward Prizes for Poetry, has announced that this year, for the first time, online journals based in the UK and Ireland are permitted to nominate up to two poems from their sites for consideration in the Prize for Best Single Poem. There are further guidelines for eligibility, available here,Continue reading “UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize”

Three years of ‘And Other Poems’.

My poetry site And Other Poems turned three years old in August.  What started as an uncluttered  place for my own poems has grown into an online anthology of over 350 poems by more than 250 poets, archived at The British Library, and viewed more than 125,000 times.  In September 2015, my post ‘Three poems by Tania Hershman’ wasContinue reading “Three years of ‘And Other Poems’.”

How to format poetry in WordPress

First things first, I want you to know that this is a very basic ‘How To’ post but it might just be exactly what you need. I’m writing it because every few weeks I meet someone who wants to post poetry on their site but is frustrated because they can’t produce the layout they want inContinue reading “How to format poetry in WordPress”

Writing an author bio that won’t date (much).

If you’re sending out your poetry or short fiction for publication in a magazine, online or in print, you’ll want to include a short, third person biography with your submission.  Not only is this a professional approach, it also shows consideration to the editor/s since not chasing you for the information will be one less administrative taskContinue reading “Writing an author bio that won’t date (much).”