Chris McCully

Writing

Michael Schmidt One of the most important links I have is with Carcanet Press whose Managing Director (and the editor of PN Review) is Michael Schmidt. The image (right; photo: Fergus Wilde) shows how Michael treats his authors.

Carcanet has published five of my volumes of poems, Time Signatures, 1993; Not Only I, 1996; The Country of Perhaps, 2003­, together with Old English Poems and Riddles (2008), and has recently published a new full-length collection, Polder, (July, 2009). I've also contributed essays and reviews to PN Review for many years (since 1984) as Chris McCully and C.B. McCully. Carcanet published the Selected Poems in 2011.­

Together with Rachel Beckett and Michael, we function as Directors of the Modern Literary Archives Project (MLAP) in the John Rylands University Library, Manchester. The MLAP, whose chief archivist is Stella Halkyard, is a significant repository of literary archives, including the archives of Norman Nicholson, dom sylvester hou├ędard, Grevel Lindop, and many others (including the papers of one Chris McCully). The archives of PN Review and Critical Quarterly are part of the collections. A recent and very important acquisition are the papers of the poet Elaine Feinstein. In truth there are very few 20th and 21st century poets whose work isn't represented in some way in the MLAP, and the remit of the project also extends to important collections of material relating to film (the Robert Donat archive) and modern and contemporary art.

The MLAP is partly searchable (given the extent of the material, cataloguing the papers, and turning them into electronically searchable links, will take a lifetime). Find out more about all the literary archives of the John Rylands Library.

Poetry

Poetry

Chris's recent and current poetry

Academic and other prose

Academic and other prose

Details of a selection of Chris's prose work, including academic books and articles as well as 'The Word in Time' (2006-07) and Chris's literary execution of Adam Knott's 'A history of English - in three minutes' (in progress)

Fishing

Fishing

Details of Chris's fishing publications

Alcoholism and recovery

Alcoholism and recovery

MEMOIR: 2004 Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful, recovery from addiction

Chris's books - a chronological list

Chris's books - a chronological list

A chronological listing of all Chris's book titles

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