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When I’m Not Writing Poems I Publish Maxim
Here’s some fun party trivia for you. Felix Dennis, who publishes Maxim, among other magazines, is also a published poet. Thanks to a heads up tweet from Clive Thompson, we have learned this is indeed true.
From Dennis’ website bio:
Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with its headquarters in London. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Maxim, Viz, Computer Shopper, Monkey and Evo. The annual Sunday Times Rich List estimates that Felix Dennis is the 88th richest individual in the UK.
Following a life-threatening illness, Dennis’s first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full, was published in November 2002 by Hutchinson in the UK. It has since become one of the biggest selling books of original verse in England for years. The launch of this book saw Dennis embark on the first of his now famous ‘Did I Mention the Free Wine?’ poetry reading tours covering several UK cities. In October 2003, Dennis appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, along with several well-known RSC actors, reading from his work at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. This event proved so popular that two further such events, (one in New York City, one in Stratford-upon-Avon), took place in autumn 2004.
In September 2004, the US edition of A Glass Half Full was published by Miramax Books. The launch was supported by a 15 city coast-to-coast poetry reading tour of the US. Meanwhile, his second book of verse, Lone Wolf, was published in October 2004 by Hutchinson in the UK, again supported by a UK poetry tour.
Here’s his poetry page, with sample poems and links to books.