Arc's Editorial Board and Staff
Tony Ward is Managing Editor / Editorial Director of Arc Publications. He founded the Press in 1969, and set about introducing new work to an eager readership, initially through a series of hand-produced pamphlets and later through full collections (see The History of the Press). Over thirty-five years on, Tony Ward runs the press, now a limited liability company, with fellow director Angela Jarman and an Editorial Board of three from a converted textile mill on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border in the North of England, producing upwards of 25 new titles a year. He still adheres to his founding principles: to introduce the best of new talent to a UK readership, including voices from overseas that would otherwise remain unheard in this country, and to remain at the cutting edge of contemporary literature. Never willing to compromise, nor afraid to take risks, he continues to be the inspiration and source of energy behind the enterprise that he established.
Angela Jarman (Director of Development) joined Arc Publications in 1994 having previously run her own academic microform publishing business, Altair Publishing, for ten years. Originally from a musical background, she was the moving force behind the establishment of the Arc Music imprint in 1998. She works alongside Tony Ward in the day-to-day running of the press, her particular areas of responsibility being pre-press and marketing.
Sarah Hymas is responsible for the marketing and publicity of Arc titles. She joined Arc in January 2012, although has a long history of working with them, beginning in 2004 when she was poet in residence for Calderdale Libraries. As such she encouraged and developed poetry reading and performances throughout Calderdale. She went on to edit Flax, the publishing imprint of Lancaster Litfest, and between 2006-2011 oversaw the production of 29 titles, of poetry and fiction in online and print anthologies, audio formats, posters, walking tours and film.
She has worked extensively as a tutor and workshop facilitator, devising and delivering writing workshops to HMP inmates, primary school pupils, undergraduates, community groups, mainstream adult education groups, users of mental health provision and adult basic education.
She is a poet and performer herself. Closet Collection, a short story collection, was published in 1994, Host, her first poetry collection in 2010 and I Wish You Love, a play, was also produced in 2010 and has been touring since. More information is on her website.
John Wedgwood Clarke began working as an Associate Editor with Arc in 2006 and was appointed Editor Arc's UK and Ireland poetry lists in June 2008.
He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds a D.Phil. in Modernist poetics from the University of York. He is currently Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences at the University of Hull, Scarborough, and teaches poetry on the part-time creative writing degree at the University of Hull.
His poems and critical writing have appeared in various publications including, most recently, Best British Poetry 2012. In 2010 he was also shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. "His work is amongst the best to have emerged from new poets in this country over the past two or three years". Simon Armitage. He is co-Artistic Director of Sea Swim, www.imoveand.com/seaswim.
John Kinsella has been the International Editor for Arc Publications since 1998 and has been responsible for bringing many fine poets from the Commonwealth and North America, largely unknown outside their native countries, to a wider international readership through publication by Arc in the UK. As International Editor, he works tirelessly to represent Arc's interests in the international publishing scene.
John Kinsella was born in Perth in 1963, studied at the University of Western Australia and travelled extensively through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a prolific writer and author of over 25 books, has published poems in literary journals internationally and has received a number of literary awards, including a Young Australian Creative Fellowship and a two-year Fellowship from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council.
He is the founding editor of the international literary journal Salt, a consultant to Westerly (CASL, University of Western Australia) and International Editor of the American journal The Kenyon Review. His fiction includes a novel, Genre, and a collection of short stories, Grappling Eros, but he is best known as a poet, with ten full-length collections published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in Australia.
In 1998, he took up residence in the UK, where he is Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He is also Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and Professor of English at Kenyon College in the United States.
As well as being Arc's International Editor he has had three collections published by Arc, the first of which - The Undertow: New and Selected Poems (Arc, 1996) - was his first UK edition. After his second collection for Arc, The Silo: A Pastoral Symphony (1997) he edited Landbridge: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, published by Arc in conjunction with Fremantle Arts Centre Press. His third collection, the highly-acclaimed Lightning Tree (originally published in Australia by FACP in 1996) appeared in 2003, and his latest book from Arc, the sequence America was published in January 2006.
Jean Boase-Beier has been working closely with Arc Publications since 1995, when Arc published her translation (with Anthony Vivis) of Rose Ausländer's Mother Tongue. As a result of this publication, the parallel-text translation series 'Visible Poets' was conceived, with Jean Boase-Beier as series editor. The first three titles in the series were published in 2000, and with over 20 titles now available (all by poets introduced to Arc by Jean Boase-Beier), Arc has established itself as one of the leading publishers of poetry in translation, bringing to an English-language readership some of the most significant poets writing today.
Jean Boase-Beier is Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies and Literature at the University of East Anglia, where she runs the MA in Literary Translation. She has translated poetry by Volker von Tärne, Rose Ausländer and Ernst Meister and has written extensively on translation, especially the translation of poetry. Her most recent books are (ed., with Michael Holman) The Practices of Literary Translation: Constraints and Creativity, (St Jerome Publishing, 1999), The German Language (with Ken Lodge), published by Blackwell in 2003, Between Nothing and Nothing, a translation of Ernst Meister's poems, published by Arc in 2003 and Stylistic Approaches to Translation, published in 2006 by St Jerome.
About the staff...
Working alongside Tony Ward and Angela Jarman is Sue Flynn who, for many years, worked as a book finisher for Tony when he was printing books for Arc and other independent presses. She is now Arc's adminstrative assistant and, as such, is invaluable in keeping the press running in a business-like manner.