Forward Book of Poetry

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A selection of new work by the poets shortlisted for the 2018 Forwards – including Danez Smith, Liz Berry, Vahni Capildeo, J O Morgan and many many more.  Plus, fifty highly commended poets you really can’t afford not to read.

The Forward Book of Poetry 2019 brings together the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including great work shortlisted and commended in the 2018 Forward Prizes.

In showcasing the range and ambition of today’s fresh voices alongside new work by familiar names, this anthology is a perfect introduction to contemporary poetry.

‘The Forward Prizes are invaluable in finding the most essential, exciting voices, highlighting the contemporary poets who are at the top of their game and whose words will travel far and reach many readers.’ Bidisha, chair of judges, Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018.

Shortlisted poets:

The Forward Prize for Best Collection
Vahni Capildeo • J. O. Morgan • Toby Martinez de las Rivas • Danez Smith • Tracy K. Smith

The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Kaveh Akbar • Abigail Parry • Phoebe Power • Shivanee Ramlochan • Richard Scott

The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Fiona Benson • Liz Berry • Sumita Chakraborty • Jorie Graham • Will Harris

Highly Commended poets:

Hera Lindsey Bird • Sean Borodale • Graham Burchell • Marianne Burton • Toby Campion • JR Carpenter • Sophie Collins • Sarah Corbett • Emily Critchley • Paul Deaton • Christopher Deweese • Imtiaz Dharker • Tishani Doshi • Sarah Doyle • Sasha Dugdale • Kate Edwards • Richard Georges • Lucy Hamilton • Philip Hancock • Emily Hasler • Ellen Hinsey • Lindsey Holland • Ian Humphreys • Ishion Hutchinson • Jackie Kay • Amy Key • John Kinsella • Anna Kisby • Vanessa Kisuule • Zaffar Kunial • Andrew McMillan • Andrew McNeillie • Faisal Mohyuddin • Fiona Moore • David Morley • Sean O’Brien • Conor O’Callaghan • Ruth Padel • Katherine Pierpoint • Chris Preddle • Meryl Pugh • Denise Riley • Antony Rowland • Rachel Spence • Nic Stringer • Helen Tookey • Ben Wilkinson • Judith Willson • James Womack • Andrew Wynn Owen •


Photographs by Cameron Makin.