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Here you can find out more about the huge range of poets we feature in our pamphlets and the artists whose work appears on our beautiful covers.

We’ve now published poems by almost 700 historical and contemporary poets. In our pages you’ll find old favourites alongside twenty-first century voices – everyone from WH Auden to Benjamin Zephaniah. Although our emphasis is on British poetry, you’ll also find Irish, American and Australian writers.

We hope these pages will encourage you to explore further the work of a poet you’ve enjoyed in one of our pamphlets.

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 – 1919) was an American poet and novelist who started writing as a child and had her first poem published when she was only 13. Her poem ‘Solitude’ contains the much-quoted line “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” Her first collection was Poems of Passion (WB Conkey, 1883). Throughout her life she was interested in spiritualism and believed in reincarnation.

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  • Henry Kirke White

    Henry Kirke White (1785 – 1806) was born in Nottingham, the son of a butcher, and at the age of seventeen, published a volume of poetry, Clifton Grove, which attracted much attention and the interest of Southey and Byron. He studied at Cambridge and died there at the age of twenty-one. His completed Poetical Works were published after his death.

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  • Gary Whitehead

    Gary Whitehead is an American poet, teacher and crossword constructor. His poetry collections include A Glossary of Chickens (2013); Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps (2008); and The Velocity of Dust (2004). His awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He is also a painter, and teacher of English and Creative Writing in New Jersey.

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  • Walt Whitman

    Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) is now regarded as one of America’s greatest poets, although largely unregarded in his lifetime. His collection, Leaves of Grass, was originally a self-published pamphlet of twelve poems which he expanded and revised frequently over his lifetime. A teacher and journalist, he was dedicated in later life to visiting the wounded of the Civil War, experience captured in his collection Drum Taps (1865).

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  • Hamish Whyte

    Hamish Whyte is a Scottish poet who runs Mariscat Press and has edited numerous anthologies of Scottish poetry, as well as the work of his friend Edwin Morgan. His own poems have appeared in various Scottish magazines and Shoestring Press has published his three full collections, of which the most recent is Things We Never Knew (2016). He is a member of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets.

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  • Susan Wicks

    Susan Wicks read French at university and has published eight collections of poetry, the first of which is Singing Underwater (Faber, 1992) and the most recent Dear Crane (Bloodaxe, 2021). She has also published novels, short stories and a collection of translations of the French poet Valerie Rouzeau, the latter shortlisted for an international Griffin Prize. She lives in Kent.

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