Hollis to replace Keegan at Faber poetry

Faber has announced the appointment of Matthew Hollis as its new poetry editor, replacing Paul Keegan, who resigned recently.

Hollis joined Faber in 2002 after working for Oxford University Press, and his work on the poetry list has included helping to launch debuts from Daljit Nagra, Emma Jones and Sam Riviere. He also launched the Faber New Poets scheme in partnership with Arts Council England and has also worked alongside established poets, editing collections by Jo Shapcott, Don Paterson, and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Hollis’ own 2011 book, Now All Roads to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber), won the the Costa Biography Award and the HW Fisher Biography prize, as well as being named Sunday Times biography of the year. His first poetry collection, Ground Water (Bloodaxe), was shortlisted for several award including the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for best first collection.

Stephen Page, Faber’s publisher and c.e.o., said: “It has been exciting for all of us at Faber to witness Matthew’s emergence as an inspirational editor on the poetry list, someone who can unfailingly identify and nurture new talent. He is of course a distinguished poet himself, and his recent non-fiction triumph . . . only confirms our sense that he is also a great authority on the literary canon.

"I can’t think of a better person to build on the work of previous poetry editors at Faber."

A spokesman for Faber said Keegan was leaving to pursue new publishing opportunities.