Ken Edwards

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Ken Edwards (born in Gibraltar, 1950[1]) is a poet, editor, writer and musician who has lived in England since 1968. He is associated with The British Poetry Revival.

Edwards was educated at King's College, London, and at Goldsmiths'. He has been involved in small-press publishing since 1973, when he started up the magazine Alembic with two other King's graduates, Robert Gavin Hampson and Peter Barry. He subsequently set up Share Publications, which published a number of poetry pamphlets. In 1978 he moved to Lower Green Farm, outside Orpington, where he set up an artists' commune and began Reality Studios, a magazine that helped introduce the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets to a British readership. With the poet Wendy Mulford, he set up the literary press Reality Street in 1993 - she withdrew from the project in 1998, and Edwards continued to run the press on his own. He married Elaine Randle in August 1999, and together they moved from London to Hastings, East Sussex, in 2004, where they established the bands The Moors and Afrit Nebula.


  • Good Science (Roof Books, 1992)[2]
  • Futures (Reality Street, 1998)
  • eight+six (Reality Street, 2003)
  • No Public Language: Selected Poems 1975-95 (Shearsman Books, 2006)[3]
  • Bird Migration in the 21st Century (Spectacular Diseases, 2006)
  • Nostalgia for Unknown Cities (Reality Street, 2007)
  • Songbook (with Elaine Edwards, Shearsman Books, 2009)[4]
  • Bardo (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011)
  • Down With Beauty (Reality Street, 2013)
  • Country Life (Unthank Books, 2015)[5]
  • a book with no name (Shearsman Books, 2016)[6]


  • New Stories 2 (Arts Council, 1977)
  • Angels of Fire (Chatto & Windus, 1986)
  • The New British Poetry (Paladin Books, 1988)
  • Floating Capital: new poets from London (Potes & Poets Press, 1991)
  • Poets on Writing (Macmillan, 1992)
  • Other: British & Irish Poetry since 1970 (Wesleyan University Press, 1999)
  • Binary Myths 2: correspondences with poet/editors (Stride, 1999)
  • News for the Ear: a homage to Roy Fisher (Stride, 2000)


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