New Writers Press

New Writers Press is an Irish small press that specialises in poetry publishing. The press was founded in 1967 by the poets Michael Smith and Trevor Joyce and Smith's wife Irene in response to what they felt to be the stagnant state of Irish poetry at the time.

The press was very active for the first 12 years of its existence, publishing some 46 items, including the six issues of the journal The Lace Curtain. Since 1979, there have been approximately 12 new titles, some of them in collaboration with British small press publishers.

The press was committed to help revive interest in the modernist tradition in Irish poetry, and to this end they published Thomas MacGreevy's Collected Poems, Brian Coffey's Selected Poems and a special 1930s issue of the journal, all in 1971.

In addition to work by Coffey, MacGreevy, Joyce and Smith, New Writers Press authors included Jack Spicer, Anthony Cronin, Michael Hartnett, Augustus Young, Tom MacIntyre, Patrick Galvin and Antonio Machado (in Smith's translation).



  • Coughlan, P. and Davis, A. (eds). Modernism and Ireland: the Poetry of the 1930s ISBN 1-85918-061-2


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