Salt’s origins date back to 1990 when poet John Kinsella launched Salt Magazine in Western Australia. The journal rapidly developed an international reputation as a leading publisher of new poetry and poetics. Over the next decade, Kinsella, together with Tracy Ryan, went on to develop Folio(Salt), publishing and co-publishing books and chapbooks focused on a pluralist vision of contemporary poetry which extended across national boundaries and a wide range of poetic practices; a vision which still permeates our literature publishing today.
In 1999 John Kinsella, Clive Newman and Chris Hamilton-Emery formed a partnership to develop Salt Publishing, forming the template of today’s business. When Clive left in 2002 and the original partnership was dissolved, Jen Hamilton-Emery joined Chris to take over the running of Salt, relaunching the business in the UK. Since that time Salt has rapidly expanded its size and the range of the publishing programme. In November 2004, Salt was incorporated and Linda Bennett joined as a Director. In July 2005 John Skelton joined as a Director.
The international editorial team includes Janet McAdams, commissioning editor for the multi-award winning Earthworks Series of writing by indigenous peoples, and Katherine Hedeen and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, joint commissioning editors for the Latin American Poetry Series.
From its offices in Great Wilbraham (click here for more), Cambridge, Salt now publishes over 80 books a year, focussing on poetry, biography, critical companions, essays, literary criticism and text books by authors from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Caribbean and mainland Europe.
The list includes a widening range of internationally-acclaimed authors, including major works by leading British poets John James, Tony Lopez, Peter Robinson and John Wilkinson, landmark titles by American poets Charles Bernstein, Maxine Chernoff, Forrest Gander, Peter Gizzi, Paul Hoover, Ron Silliman and Susan Wheeler, and new work by prize-winning Australian authors Pam Brown, Jill Jones, Kate Lilley, Peter Rose, Tom Shapcott and John Tranter. Salt’s authors appear at festivals and conferences the world over and their work continues to receive major critical attention.