Tony Ward is Managing Editor / 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 (Editor) 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.
Ben Styles is responsible for Arc's move into ebook publishing, designing and converting new and backlist titles into Kindle and ePub formats. He joined Arc in 2012 on a marketing and editorial internship, and has since joined Arc full-time as an editorial assistant, and to help in the development of new technologies and digital markets.
He also works freelance as an ebook designer, converter and distributor at Leeds eBooks.
Ben spent his early life in Madrid and Buckinghamshire. He studied English literature and Spanish at the University of Leeds, followed by a Masters Degree in English Literature, also at the University of Leeds.
Working alongside these 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.
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.
John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet and prose non-fiction writer who also regularly collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with artists, curators and scientists. Recent residences, commissions and projects have included a Leverhulme Trust Artist’s Residency at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Hull; a ‘Celebrating Place’ commission from Chrysalis Arts; and an Arts Council writing award for a project titled ‘Dump’, about landfill sites, midden and mounds.
John is co-artistic director of the Cultural Olympiad project Sea Swim. John is a curatorial advisor for their Arts Council touring exhibition ‘Head above Water: A Swimmer’s Perspective of the Coast’, which will tour to venues in the UK in 2016, funded by Arts Council, England. In 2014 he was lead writer for York Curiouser, a major out-door visual arts exhibition funded by Arts Council, England. He was commissioned to write a new poem for York Curiouser 2015 and launched it at York Festival of Ideas in June of this year.
After leaving school John trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, and has attempted to retain an actor’s sense of stagecraft, and a keen sense of how performance texts live in the breath and movement of the performer. This history of practical engagement with embodied literature continues to inform his work. He completed a DPhil on ‘Objectivist’ poets and poetics at the University of York.
James Byrne is the International Editor, and as such his role is to bring the best of International poets to Arc and thereby an English readership, as well as representing Arc's interests in the international publishing scene.
James is a poet, editor and translator. He founded The Wolf magazine in 2002, which he still edits, and co-edited Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Poets (Arc Publications, 2012). His recent poetry publications are White Coins (Arc Publications, 2015) and Everything Broken Up Dances (Tupelo, US, 2015). Blood/Sugar was published by Arc in November 2009 and his poems have been translated into various languages including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French and Serbian. Byrne was Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2012 (the first since Joseph Brodsky).
He has an international reputation and has given readings in Syria (2009), Burma and Libya (both 2012), at the invitation of the British Council. In 2008, Byrne won Treci Trg poetry festival prize in Serbia. In 2009 a Selected Poems: The Vanishing House was published by Treci Trg (in a bilingual edition) in Belgrade. He is the co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, an anthology of poets under 35, published by Bloodaxe in 2009 and edited The Wolf: A Decade in July 2012. Byrne was born near London in 1977 and graduated from the MFA program at New York University, where he was on a Stein Scholarship (‘Extraordinary International Scholar’). He teaches poetry at Edge Hill University where he is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.
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 series was established in 2000, and with over 30 titles now available (all by poets introduced to Arc by Jean Boase-Beier), Arc is one of the leading publishers of poetry in translation, bringing to an English-language readership some of the most significant poets writing today. Jean also edits the 'Arc Translations' and 'Arc Classic Translations' series.
Jean Boase-Beier is Professor of Literature and Translation at the University of East Anglia, where she runs the MA in Literary Translation. She has translated poetry by Volker von Törne, Rose Ausländer and Ernst Meister and has written extensively on translation, especially the translation of poetry. Her books include: (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, Stylistic Approaches to Translation, published in 2006 by St Jerome, and A Critical Introduction to Translation Studies, published by Continuum in 2011.