About IS&T

Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which  publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between.  Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.

We try to keep waiting-time short, but because of increased submissions, the current waiting time between submission and publication is around twenty weeks.  There is only one editor and she unfortunately only has one pair of eyes, so please bear with her.  Sometimes she needs to leave the safety of her desk.


The History

IS&T was founded by Salt author Charles Christian in 2007 as a platform for new poetry and short prose, and experimental work in digital media.   Charles ran the site single-handedly, publishing new work every day till 2010, when now sole editor, poet and artist Helen Ivory came on board as Deputy Editor.

The Archive

On 31st March 2012, IS&T migrated from the now defunct Blog Harbor site, to this WordPress one.  We were able to bring most of the five years worth of of work with us, but unfortunately some of the older posts are frozen in time, in the Courier font, or have morphed into other fonts.  Apologies for the untidiness  – this irritates us no end!


Who is IS&T?


The Editor

Helen Ivory started as Deputy Editor at IS&T in 2010, and is now sole editor.  She was born in Luton but now lives Norwich with her husband, the poet Martin Figura where they run the live-lit organization Cafe Writers.

Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is Waiting for Bluebeard (2013). She is co-editor, with George Szirtes of In their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry (Salt, September 2012).  She is an editor for The Poetry Archive and teaches for the Arvon Foundation, the UEA and for The Poetry School.  She is also an artist and makes poem boxes, which she regularly posts onto her website.


The Publisher

Kate Birch took over the management of Ink Sweat & Tears in April 2011. She has never had any claims to be a poet. Indeed in response to her attempt to get on a poetry course at the University of Toronto in the 1980s, its tutor referred to her submissions as “doggerel” and “a complete waste of my time.” She survived this, at the time, rather traumatic setback and has spent the intervening decades researching and writing about subjects as varied as 18th Century politics, machine tools and tap dancing.

Perhaps having been outed as one who could not write poetry, Kate has always been a keen supporter of those who can. In 2007, she and her husband, Dominic Christian, set up Café Writers Norfolk Commission, for which she also sits on the judging panel. Four years later, she established the Ink Sweat & Tears Poetry Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, which goes towards an MA in Creative Writing.

Kate is the voice of IS&T on Facebook and Twitter. She is based in London and Norfolk.


The Reviewers

IS&T welcomes submissions for well-written reviews at any time.  Please see the Submissions page for guidelines.  Our regular reviewers include:


David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published  Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984, but then stopped writing for  twenty years. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing.  A new collection, Work Horses, will be forthcoming in 2012 from Ward Wood Publishing.  His poems and reviews have been accepted widely in journals such as The Bow Wow Shop, The London Magazine, Magma, New Walk, The North, Orbis,  Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, and Poetry Salzburg Review.  This is his website.

Ken Head reviewed for Ink, Sweat & Tears since it was launched, till 2014.  His own poems, haibun and micro-fictions, some of which he may be heard reading at www.poetcasting.co.uk, appear regularly in a wide variety of both print and online publications;  a number have also been anthologized, commended or placed in competition.  He has published one full collection and three chapbooks, details of all of which, together with a more complete profile and current poetry news, are available from his website.

James Naiden is an Anglophile living in Minnesota. He also likes culture from almost every other place  – Ireland, France, the former Soviet Union, the many Spanish-speaking countries. His most recent novel is The Chafings of Mortals (2011). Three other novels are bursting to see print. He was born in Texas in 1943, has worked as a radio and print reporter, has never found a wife, and usually votes Liberal or Green in American political races. (More than you want to know? Don’t blame you.) The world has always been topsy-turvy  -  and to understand this, poetry is necessary and welcome.