Mary Jean Chan
Founded in 1910,
Oxford Poetry is the oldest dedicated poetry magazine in the uk, and one of the oldest in the world. The magazine was established by undergraduates at the University of Oxford and originally published by Basil Blackwell. Previous editors have included Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, Vera Brittain, Cecil Day-Lewis, John Fuller, Mark Ford, Robert Graves, Geoffrey Hill, Aldous Huxley, Robert Macfarlane, Louis MacNeice, Siegfried Sassoon, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Stephen Spender. In the 1980s, Mick Imlah, Elise Paschen, Bernard O’Donoghue, and others revived Oxford Poetry as a more public-facing journal, no longer restricted to publishing student poetry but maintaining a connection with the university. Today, Oxford Poetry has no formal affiliation with the university and is published by the Oxford-based Partus Press.
Past contributors to the magazine include Fleur Adcock, A. Alvarez, Simon Armitage, Eavan Boland, Anne Carson, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Ishion Hutchinson, Christopher Isherwood, Philip Larkin, Glyn Maxwell, James Merrill, Andrew Motion, Paul Muldoon, Robert Pinsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. K. Williams.
our impact on the environment
We work closely with our printer to maintain strict ecological standards for the materials used to produce the magazine. All our paper is either fsc or Rainforest Alliance certified, and is free of heavy metals, acid, and elemental chlorine. The ink we use contains no mineral oil or cobalt, and, like the metallic foil on our front cover, is certified non-hazardous by the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances.
In recognition of the fact that the internet is one of the world’s largest polluters, we have chosen to host our website with GreenGeeks, who offset 300% of the energy their servers use in the form of wind energy credits, and are recognized by the usepa as a Green Power Partner.
For good measure, we also offset the carbon footprint of our printing, shipping and office operations with the help of Trees for Life—for each new issue we publish, we donate trees to help rewild the Scottish Highlands. You can visit our digital grove, and keep tabs on our planting, here.
These are the steps we are currently taking to make Oxford Poetry a carbon-negative publication. We recognize that this topic is nuanced and ever-changing and we will strive to keep abreast of developments and opportunities in this area. As an organization we are committed to educating ourselves about effective, honest, and sustainable ways to do our part to protect the planet.
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