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The Editors and Contributors.


Denis Boyles | Director,  The Brouzils Seminars, Les Brouzils, France; l’Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures, political science and journalism faculty; teaching fellow, Chavagnes Studium. Co-editor and managing editor of The Fortnightly Review; editor, Odd Volumes.

everything-boylesDenis Boyles is a critic, university lecturer, journalist and editor. He is the author of African Lives, Design Poetics, A Man’s Life and many other books. His latest book: Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910-1911 (Knopf). He teaches the graduate course in journalism ethics and English in the sci-po faculty at l’Institut catholique d’études supérieurinvention-macfarlanees (ICES) in the Vendée and literature and philosophy at the Chavagnes Studium. He is also the director of The Brouzils Seminars, a creative-writing program.

Alan Macfarlane FBA, FRHistS | Professor Emeritus of Anthropological Science and Life Fellow of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. Co-editor.

Alan Macfarlane is the author of more than twenty books and numerous articles covering English social history, demography in Nepal and the industrial history of England, China and Japan. A survey text, The Invention of the Modern World, has been published by Odd Volumes for subscribers to the Fortnightly, and his recent work, The Survival Manual, was a 2016-2017 Fortnightly serial. A subsequent memoir-serial, My First 30 Years, appeared in the Fortnightly in 2020.

Anthony O’Hear OBE | Former director, Royal Institute of Philosophy, London; Professor of Philosophy and lately Head, Department of Education, University of Buckingham. Editor Emeritus.

Poetry editor: Peter Riley.

Peter Riley is the former co-editor of The English Intelligencer, the former editor of Collection, and the author of fifteen books of poetry – and some of prose. A recipient of a 2012 Cholmondeley Award for poetry, his latest book is The Glacial Stairway (Carcanet, 2011). He lives in Yorkshire. A collection of his “Poetry Notes” is published by Odd Volumes; his webpage is April Eye; the Poetry Notes archive is here.

Production Editor: Cameron Summers.


Michael Blackburn | Currente Calamo columnist, poet, writer and lecturer Michael Blackburn lives in Lincolnshire. From 2005–2008 he was the Royal Literary Fund fellow at the University of Lincoln where he now teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies over the years, including Being Alive (Bloodaxe) and Something Happens, Sometimes Here (Five Leaves Press). His most recent collection is Spyglass Over The Lagoon. A selection of his Fortnightly Currente Calamo columns, Sucks To Your Revolution: Annoying The Politically Correct (US), is available as a Kindle ebook. His regular blog is Plunder and Salvage.

Simon Collings | Contributing editor. Simon Collings lives in Oxford and has published poems, stories and critical essays in a range of journals including StrideJournal of Poetics ResearchCafé Irreal, Tears in the FenceInk Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse and PN Review. He worked for Oxfam for 16 years, where for the last six years he was Fundraising Director. After that, he was CEO of a small non-profit  and worked for an organisation which advises renewable energy businesses in Africa. Out West, his first chapbook, was published by Albion Beatnik in 2017, and a second chapbook, Stella Unframed, was released by The Red Ceilings Press in 2018.  An archive of his work is here.

Anthony Howell | Contributing editor. A former dancer with the Royal Ballet, Anthony Howell was founder of The Theatre of Mistakes and performed solo at the Hayward Gallery and at the Sydney Biennale. His articles on visual art, dance, performance, and poetry have appeared in Art Monthly, The London Magazine, Harpers & Queen, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. In 2001 he received a LADA bursary to study the tango in Buenos Aires and now teaches the dance at his studio/gallery, The Room in Tottenham Hale. He is the author of a seminal textbook, The Analysis of Performance Art: A Guide to Its Theory and Practice, several collections of poetry, including The Ogre’s Wife, and translations, including his work with Fawzi Karim in Plague Lands. His semi-fictional memoir Consciousness (with Mutilation) was published by Odd Volumes in 2019.

Peter Riley | Poetry Notes.

Hoyt Rogers | Contributing editor. Hoyt Rogers is a writer, editor, translator, the author of a volume of criticism, The Poetics of Inconstancy and a poetry collection, Witnesses.  His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in many periodicals.  He translates from the French, German, Italian, and Spanish.  His translations include the Selected Poems of Jorge Luis Borges, a novel by Philippe Claudel, and three books by Yves Bonnefoy—The Curved Planks, Second Simplicity, and The DigammaOpenwork, an André du Bouchet reader, will be published by Yale later this year (2014).  He lives in the Dominican Republic and Italy. Odd Volumes published his translations of Marco Genovesi’s Telegrams from a City Under Siege in 2015.

Ian Sansom | Museums . A new series of mysteries, the “County Guides”, launched in July 2013 with the publication of The Norfolk Mystery (UK) (US). Among his many books is September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem (2019). He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, is a former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and is often heard on Radio Three and Radio Four. He teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Warwick and writes frequently for The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Ian Seed | Contributing editor. Ian Seed’s books of prose poems and small fictions include New York Hotel (2018); Identity Papers 2016) and Makers of Empty Dreams (2014); and two other collections containing prose poems, Shifting Registers and Anonymous Intruder, all from Shearsman; and two chapbooks, Threadbare Fables (LikeThisPress, 2012) and Distances (Red Ceilings, 2018). The Thief of Talant (2016) (the first translation into English of Pierre Reverdy’s Le Voleur de Talan) is published by Wakefield. His work also appears in a number of anthologies including The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Forward Book of Poetry 2017 (Faber & Faber), The Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt), and the critical anthology, British Prose Poetry: The Poems Without Lines, edited by Jane Monson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, hosted by Ian McMillan. He lectures in the Department of English at the University of Chester.

John Taylor | Contributing editor. John Taylor is the author of the three-volume essay collection, Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Transaction Publishers, 2004, 2007, 2011) and Into the Heart of European Poetry (Transaction, 2008). He has recently translated books by Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Dupin, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, and Louis Calaferte. In 2013, he won the Raiziss-de Palchi Translation Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for his project to translate the Italian poet Lorenzo Calogero. His most recent personal book is If Night is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press, 2012). His translation of Philippe Jaccottet’s Truinas: 21 April 2001 was published in 2018 by Odd Volumes. He has lived in France since 1977.

Alan Wall | Contributing editor. Alan Wall was born in Bradford, lives in North Wales, and studied English at Oxford. He has published six novels and three collections of poetry, including Doctor Placebo. Jacob, a book written in verse and prose, was shortlisted for the Hawthornden Prize. His work has been translated into ten languages. He has published essays and reviews in many different periodicals including the Guardian, Spectator, The Times, Jewish Quarterly, Leonardo, PN Review, London Magazine, The Reader and Agenda. He was Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Writing at Warwick University and Liverpool John Moores and is currently Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Chester. His book Endtimes has just been published by Shearsman Books, and Badmouth, a novel, was published by Harbour Books in January. Two collections of his essays, Labyrinths and Clues and Walter Benjamin: An Arcade of Reflections, have been published by Odd Volumes, the publishing imprint of The Fortnightly Review, and a third is forthcoming.

Nigel Wheale | Contributing editor is the author of Raw Skies: New and Selected Poems (Shearsman 2005) and The Six Strides of Freyfaxi (Oystercatcher 2010). His academic texts include The Postmodern Arts (Routledge 1995) and Writing & Society: Literacy, Print and Politics in Britain 1590-1660 (Routledge 1999). An archive of his work for written for the Fortnightly may be found here.

Contributors: Roger Berkowitz, Daniel Bosch, Juliet du Boulay, Stan Carey, L.M. Kit Carson, Hugh Chisholm, Robert Coover, Arthur Croxton, John Derbyshire, Ethel Dilke, Stephen Dodson, John Ferriar MD, W. E. Garrett Fisher, Gerald Gaus, Henry R. HaxtonAllen M. Hornblum, Anthony Howell, Kate Hoyland, Charles Jencks, Ann Lauterbach, Jon Lauck, W. J. Lawrence, G. H. Lewes, Alan Macfarlane, Lawrence Markert, Andrew Mitchell, Drew Moore, C. Kegan Paul, Marshall Poe, Ezra Pound, R. L. Ramires (Chronicle & Notices), Lucy Sheehan, Alana Shilling, Andrew Sinclair, Myra Sklarew, Martin Sorrell, Herbert Spencer, William Stafford, Harry Stein, Andrew Thacker, Katharine Tynan, Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé, Alan Wall, Michelene Wandor, Stephen Wiest.

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