Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. His first book-length collection, Alarum (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), a Poetry Book Society Wildcard Choice for Winter 2017, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2017 and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2018, and longlisted for the 2019 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for a distinctive first book of poetry. The final poem in the collection, 'Short', won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2016. His book of poetry, I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, was published by Test Centre Publications in 2018. He won the National Poetry Competition 2018 for 'the posh mums are boxing in the square’ from his second book-length book of poetry, Love Minus Love (Bloodaxe Books, 2020). Love Minus Love was also a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice and was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize 2020 and the Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Second Collections 2021. His pamphlet length poem Lobsters was published by Pakina Press in 2022. In October 2022 he was appointed Editor of The Poetry Review, the quarterly magazine of The Poetry Society. His first issue of the magazine will be published in Spring 2023.
Author photograph: Mark Sherratt
Books by Wayne Holloway-Smith