The Rialto magazine was set up in 1984 by Michael Mackmin and John Wakeman. The first issue that autumn had poems in it by Margaret Atwood, George Barker, Gavin Ewart and Miroslav Holub, and four poems by a then not so well known Carol Ann Duffy. The editors set out to be deliberately eclectic and to promote what John called a ‘republic of poetry’.
In 2000 The Rialto moved into publishing with its First Collection Series, soon to be added to with the Bridge Pamphlets. Both series are intended to bridge the gap for poets between magazine and book publication.
The Rialto magazine and books are edited by Michael Mackmin.