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Chris Hamilton-Emery

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Chris Emery lives in Cromer with his wife and children. He is a director of Salt. He has published three collections of poetry, a writers guide, an anthology of art and poems, and edited editions of Emily Bront, Keats and Rossetti. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologised. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing, edited by David Morley and Philip Neilsen. He is poet-in-residence at Roehampton University for 2013.


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Chris Hamilton-Emery grew up in Manchester and went to a convent-run primary school in New Moston before attending grammar school in Prestwich. It was following this that he began to study sculpture, painting and printmaking. He continued at Manchester College of Art and Design before taking a degree at Leeds Polytechnic, graduating in 1986. He subsequently destroyed all his art work, and began to focus upon his writing.

After a brief attempt to train as an art teacher, he began work in a variety of jobs: insurance clerk, an administrator in a haematology department, a data manager in an oncology department, an information designer in public transport, and design manager at the British Council, before embarking on a publishing career — ending up as a director at Cambridge University Press. He left to concentrate on writing and literary publishing in 2002.

Writing as Chris Emery, his poetry began appearing in journals throughout the 1990s including The Age, Jacket, Magma, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, PN Review, Quid and The Rialto. He was anthologised in New Writing 8 in 1999. A pamphlet, The Cutting Room, was published by Barque in 2000. A first full-length poetry collection, Dr. Mephisto, was published by Arc in 2002. He has travelled to perform his work in the USA and Australia. A new collection of poetry, Radio Nostalgia, was published by Arc Publications in 2006.

His poetry is characterised by a dystopian vision of the world, the use of varied personae, an exuberant vocabulary, black humour and dramatic changes in register and tone. His work can shift between mainstream poetics and wild experimentation, often combining both within a single volume. His central themes appear to be the incongruousness of moral experience within modern society, the collapse or eradication of identity, and non-spiritual or secular redemption.

He is also the author of a writers’ guide on publishing and marketing poetry, 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell.

He is Publishing Director of Salt Publishing an independent literary press based in Cromer, England. He was awarded an American Book Award in 2006 for his services to American literature. Hamilton-Emery has sat on the Boards of the Independent Publishers Guild and Planet Poetry, and occasionally works as a consultant in the publishing industry in the United Kingdom. He lives in Cromer with his wife and three children.


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  • The Cutting Room (Barque Press, 2000)

  • Dr. Mephisto (Arc Publications, 2002)

  • Radio Nostalgia (Arc Publications, 2006)

  • The Departure (Salt Publishing, 2012)


  • 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell (Salt Publishing, 2006)

As Editor

  • Poets in View: A Visual Anthology of 50 Classic Poems (Salt Publishing, 2008)

  • Emily Brontë: The Visionary and Other Poems (Salt Publishing, 2009)

  • John Keats: Ode to Psyche and Other Poems (Salt Publishing, 2009)

  • Christina Rossetti: Goblin Market and Other Poems (Salt Publishing, 2009)


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  • American Book Award  Winner  2006


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