Chris Hamilton-Emery was born in Manchester in 1963 and studied painting and printmaking in Leeds. He is a Director of Salt in Cambridge and London, England. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The Age, The Guardian, Jacket, Magma, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, PN Review and The Rialto. A chapbook, The Cutting Room appeared form Barque in 2000. His first full-length poetry collection was Dr. Mephisto (Arc, 2002), his latest collection is Radio Nostalgia (Arc, 2006). He is also the author of a bestselling writer’s guide, 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell (Salt, 2006), an art and poetry anthology Poets in View (Salt, 2008) as well as selections of Emily Brontë, John Keats and Christina Rossetti. He was awarded an American Book Award in 2006 for his services to American literature. He lives in Cromer with his wife, three children and various other animals.
I spent the first 21 years of my life in Glasgow but left after one particularly wet summer. I headed south to Manchester and then into East Anglia where I’m doing my best to get used to the lack of scenery and freezing winter winds.
I am Salt’s fiction editor, but like everyone else here, have a finger in almost every pie. I’ve been with Salt since its start 10 years ago and I struggle to think of a better line of work: nothing quite beats the thrill of discovering a must-publish manuscript or being one of the first to see our new books, fresh from the printer’s.
Away from work, most of my time is spent with our fab kids. I’ve edited a book, Wild Berries Inside and Behind the Yard: An Anthology of Contemporary Botswana Poetry (Macmillan Botswana Publishing, 2008), I take photos, embark in various projects, most of which involve making a mess somewhere in the house, and dabble in bits of writing.
Things I especially like: winter morning light, Saturday morning cinema, the pudding part of Sunday dinner.