The history of Reality Street
STREET (previously Reality Street Editions) was formed in 1993, as an amalgamation of two
independent poetry presses: Ken Edwards' Reality Studios, which had
been operating in London since 1978 (starting with Reality Studios magazine, which ran between 1978-88), and Wendy Mulford's Street
Editions, founded in Cambridge in 1972.
two presses recognised a common interest in publishing the poetry of
what Ken has termed the "parallel tradition": its various formations
in the UK being the British Poetry Revival (Eric Mottram's term), the Cambridge
diaspora, and what has sometimes been called "linguistically
innovative" poetry - all overlapping categories. There
was also a common interest in post-New American Poetry, Language
Writing and related North American fields, as well as adventurous
poetry in other English-speaking regions and from other languages and
In recent years, Reality Street has also been interested in experimental prose, both narrative and non-narrative.
Wendy decided to retire from small press publishing in 1998, since when Reality Street has been run by Ken Edwards - with help from Elaine Edwards. The press moved from London to Hastings in 2004.
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