Futers to edit Penguin Poetry list

Futers to edit Penguin Poetry list

Penguin Press is reviving a Penguin Poetry list, headed up by a full time poetry editor.

Donald Futers, who joined Penguin in 2012, will become editor of the list, with Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric becoming his first acquisition.

A series from Penguin called the Penguin Poets first appeared in 1941, and began in earnest in 1948 with the publication of T S Eliot's Selected Poems. The list then continued until 1979, when the final instalment of the first Penguin Modern Poets series was released. A second series of Penguin Modern Poets was begun in 1995, but finished three years later.

Futers said: "Around the world, in print, in performance and online, this is a moment of extraordinary vitality and innovation in poetry. Much of my life outside the office is focused on poetry in one way or another, and I am thrilled that I will now be seeking it out as a publisher. In Penguin Poetry and Penguin Classics, we hope to take the very best poetry – new or old, fast or slow, and without prejudice to school and style – and to make it not only available, but attractive, too, to the general reader."

Citizen: An American Lyric is a collection prose-poems exploring race and racism in Western society. It will be released on 2nd July 2015.