Salmon Poetry was established in 1981 with the publication of The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose, as an alternative voice in Irish literature. Since then it has produced over 300 volumes of poetry, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world. Salmon's catalogue includes initial works by Irish poets Rita Ann Higgins, Theo Dorgan, Moya Cannon, Mary O'Donnell, Eamonn Wall, Mary O'Malley, Eva Bourke, Kevin Higgins, Dave Lordan, Janice Fitzpatrick-Simmons and Gerard Donovan, alongside a wide range of international poets.
What events do you get involved with? The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair is our main North American event each year. Over 12,000 attendees and 800 small presses and journals take part. Salmon was shortlisted for the AWP Small Press Publisher of the Year in 2015. Regular venue/festivals in Ireland include the Ennistymon Book Town Festival, Co. Clare; Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Galway; O’bheal, Cork; Listowel Writers’ Week, Listowel, Co. Kerry, The Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin; Poetry Ireland, Dublin, and Over The Edge, Galway.
What do you enjoy the most about publishing? I love contributing to the crucial body of poetry in the world, and I particularly love the discovery of new voices. Reading manuscripts takes a special concentration and can be overwhelmingly intense, but it’s so wonderful to get lost in the work of an captivating poet and to be responsible for bringing that voice to as wide an audience as possible, and, thanks to Siobhan Hutson, in as beautiful a presentation as possible. Of course, much of publishing involves administration, and sheer grind, but, after all, we are fulfilling a deep need for the emotional health of humanity.
Have you got any office animals? My dogs are Big Jack, a border collie, and his dad, Zeke, a kind of mixed collie type. Zeke shadows me everywhere and Big Jack hangs out downstairs in The Salmon Bookshop.
If you could meet one author or poet, dead or alive, who would you choose and why? Really hard question (and I’m sure most writers and publishers would agree!). I think… Walt Whitman, for the originally, philosophy, beauty, relevance, depth and immediacy of his poems. For his awareness of how past and present combine..
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