Forward Prize nominations 2015–2016

Each year we have the honour of nominating poems for the Forward Prize. It’s a difficult thing, choosing from the last two issues’ lovely and memorable poems but after some wrestling and rereading we settled on these four pieces: ‘Trouble...

Writing cabanas

Roald Dahl had one. Virginia Woolf had one. Thoreau went to one to live deliberately. Hemingway had one over his garage with a bridge to his bedroom. Now I’m building one too. Sandwiched between the chicken yard and the sheep pen on my friend’s farm,...

Notes from AWP

Poetry editor Matthew Landrum (pictured left with issue 12 author Lawrence Schimel) reflects on the recent AWP Conference in Minneapolis. With twenty official hourly events, many offsite offerings, and an 18-row book fair, AWP is overwhelmingly wonderful and...

Psalm Contest Winner: Adie Smith's A Psalm of Waiting

Photo (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by Marco Martinelli. This from our poetry editor Matthew Landrum. When I put the first call out for my annual psalm contest, I had no idea the direction it would take, what a wonderful response the prompt would elicit, and how much beauty would...

Midsummer: An interview with Lawrence Schimel

As part of our on-going series talking to past Structo writers, I caught up with Lawrence Schimel over email during as he bounced between countries last month. His work is at the intersection of Structo’s commitment to gender equality and interest in poetry in...