About The Waywiser Press

"One of the UK's best publishers of poetry."

– Christopher Ricks, New Statesman


"Since the accountancy department at Oxford University Press closed down its rival, the poetry department, there has been a gap in British poetry publishing. Almost invisibly, Philip Hoy's Waywiser Press has begun to fill the gap, publishing a small group of poets in handsome little volumes at wonderfully low prices ..."

– Jim McCue, The Times


"Be grateful that small presses like Waywiser still exist."

– Thomas Jones, London Review of Books




The Waywiser Press is a small independent company, with its main office in the UK, and a subsidiary in the USA. It was founded in late 2001, and started publishing in 2002.

Waywiser is a literary press, first and foremost, with a special interest in modern poetry and fiction. From time to time, however, we also issue books belonging to other literary genres – e.g. memoir, criticism, history.

We are keen to promote the work of new as well as established authors, and would like to rescue still others from undeserved neglect.


Editorial Board




Philip Hoy, photo courtesy of Romy Bachmeier

Philip Hoy

Philip Hoy was born in London in 1952, and educated at the Universities of York and Leeds. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy, a subject he taught most recently on a part-time basis for the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. As well as founding and managing The Waywiser Press, he co-founded and manages Between The Lines, now an imprint of Waywiser, which is devoted to publishing book-length interviews with contemporary poets. His most recent publication is 'The Transatlantic Disconnect', which is a modified version of the paper he delivered at the AWP conference in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2013, where his fellow panellists were Adam Kirsch, Eric McHenry, Mary Jo Salter and Rosanna Warren (The Warwick Review, September 2013). Previous publications include W.D. Snodgrass in Conversation with Philip Hoy (Between The Lines, London, 1998), Anthony Hecht in Conversation with Philip Hoy (Between The Lines, London, 1999, 2001), and Donald Justice in Conversation with Philip Hoy (Between The Lines, London, 2001). A fine press edition of Anthony's Hecht's last poems, Interior Skies, for which Hoy has written the foreword, was recently published by Liv Rockefeller and Kenneth Shure's Two Ponds Press (http://twopondspress.com/). Hoy is currently editing a a selection of Hecht's extensive correspondence with the architectural historian William MacDonald, which is due for publication in 2016.
      An interview with Hoy concerning Between The Lines was published in the Dark Horse: "The Interviewer Interviewed: N.S Thompson talks to Philip Hoy, editor of Between The Lines", The Dark Horse, 15, Summer 2003: 40-46. This interview can be read on-line at:


A more recent interview, concerning Waywiser and its editorial policy, was published in issue 5 of Michael Glover's on-line magazine, the Bow-Wow Shop, and can be read by going to


Senior American Editor


Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Virginia and Alabama, and studied at Yale and Johns Hopkins. His book Someone Else’s Name (Waywiser, 2003) was named as one of five poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. His second book of poems, Identity Theft, was published by Waywiser in 2008, and his third, Shakespeare's Horse, which has garnered high praise from Harold Bloom and John Ashbery, was published by Waywiser in the spring of 2015. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 1998, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, The Library of America’s Anthology of American Religious Poems, the Penguin Pocket Anthology of Poetry, the Penguin Pocket Anthology of Literature, The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, and many journals. In 2005 he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009 he received a Fellowship in Poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in Baltimore.


Associate Editors


Eric McHenry

Eric McHenry

Eric McHenry grew up in Topeka, Kansas and earned degrees from Beloit College and Boston University. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser, 2006), won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and he is the author, more recently, of Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a light verse collection illustrated by Nicholas Garland (Waywiser, 2011). His much-awaited second collection, Odd Evening, is due from Waywiser in the spring of 2016. His poems have appeared in the Yale Review, New Republic, Harvard Review, Cincinnati Review, Common Knowledge, Orion, the Guardian (U.K.), Poetry Daily and Poetry Northwest, from whom he received the 2010 Theodore Roethke Prize. He has written about poetry for the New York Times Book Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe and Slate. Appointed Poet Laureate of Kansas for 2015-2017, he lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and two children, and teaches creative writing at Washburn University.


Dora Malech

Dora Malech

Dora Malech was born in New Haven, Connecticut, grew up in Maryland, studied at Yale, where she received a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship, and studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Her other honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Writer's Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and a Glenn Schaeffer Award. She is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser, 2009), which was a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize in 2007 and 2008 and was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2010. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Poetry,The New Yorker, Poetry London, and The Best American Poetry 2015. She served as a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California in 2010, and she has also taught writing at institutions that include Victoria University in New Zealand and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is also a visual artist, and she helped found the Iowa Youth Writing Project, a language arts outreach organization. She is an Assistant Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.



V. Penelope Pelizzon

V. Penelope Pelizzon

V. Penelope Pelizzon was born in 1967 in Massachusetts. Her second poetry collection, Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time, which was a finalist for the eighth annual Anthony hecht Poetry Prize, has just been published by Waywiser. Her first collection, Nostos (Ohio University Press, 2000), won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She is also the co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (Ohio State University Press, 2010) a study of the relations among American sensation journalism, photography, and film from 1927-1958. Her poetry, essays, criticism, and reviews have appeared in journals, including Poetry, FIELD, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Fourth Genre, The Yale Journal of Criticism and The British Journal of Aesthetics, while her recent translations appear in The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry and Poetry. Pelizzon’s writing has received several awards, including a 2012 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the 2012 Center for Book Arts chapbook award, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. A diplomat’s spouse, she navigates between postings abroad and her current position as Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.



Clive Watkins, photo courtesy of Noel Watkins

Clive Watkins

Clive Watkins was born in Sheffield in 1945. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, including Agenda, Poetry Wales, the New Welsh Review, The Rialto, The Dark Horse, The Hudson Review, the Alabama Literary Review and The Malahat Review. He has read at venues in the UK – amongst others, at Grasmere (for the Wordsworth Trust) and at Oxford University – and in the USA and Greece. He has written essays for various journals on subjects as diverse as Conrad Aiken, Wallace Stevens, Eugenio Montale, Edward Thomas, E J Scovell and Michael Longley. His first collection, Jigsaw, was published by Waywiser in 2003. In 2013, Seabiscuit Press brought out his long chapbook poem, Little Blue Man, linked to a set of photographs by the American writer Susan de Sola. His second collection, Already the Flames, which won high praise from Roger Garfitt and Anne Stevenson amongst others, was published by Waywiser in the autumn of 2014.



Greg Williamson, photo courtesy of Jay Lamar

Greg Williamson

Greg Williamson was born in 1964 and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He was educated at Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Madison and Johns Hopkins Universities, and is the author of four collections of poetry, The Silent Partner (Story Line Press, 1995), Errors in the Script (Sewanee Writers' Series/The Overlook Press, 2001), A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck (Waywiser, 2008), and, most recently, The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True (Waywiser, 2015). Williamson's poetry has earned him the Nathan Haskell Dole Prize, the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, a John Atherton Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. He teaches for the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and lives in Baltimore.





A note for the curious


Way"wis`er. Now Hist. 1651. [Formed after German. wegweiser (= Dutch wegwijzer, Swedish vägvisare, Danish vejviser), f. weg way n.1 + weiser, agent-n. f. weisen show.] The English sense is not found in the other Teutonic languages. In German the word has, besides its primary sense of "one who or something which shows the way", several other meanings, the most common being "guide-post", which is also current in Dutch, Danish and Swedish.]



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