Will Stone, born in October 1966, lives in Suffolk, England. At the close of the millennium he left The University of East Anglia, Norwich, with an MA in Literary Translation and in the same year (1999) Menard Press published his first collection of translations from the French, Les Chimères by Gérard de Nerval.
In 2005 Arc published To the Silenced, his Selected Poems of Georg Trakl. Further translations of poets such as Baudelaire, Verhaeren, Maeterlinck, Rodenbach, Stramm and Schiele have appeared in journals and the latter two along with Trakl were published in the important Music While Drowning – Tate anthology of German Expressionist Poetry (2003).
Significant Franco-Belgian poets, Emile Verhaeren and Georges Rodenbach, too long ignored in the Anglophone world, are introduced to a UK audience for the first time in two separate collections. Emile Verhaeren – Poems (2013) and Georges Rodenbach – Poems (to be published winter 2015).
Will’s most recent translation, Montaigne by Stefan Zweig, was published in August 2015 by Pushkin Press. This will be followed in January 2016 by Zweig’s Messages From a Lost World, his moving essays and speeches from the 1930’s. Hesperus Press have published four volumes in translation have between 2010 and 2013: Journeys by Stefan Zweig (2010); Rilke in Paris by Maurice Betz (2012); Nietzsche by Stefan Zweig (2013) and On the End of the World by Joseph Roth (2013).
Will’s first collection of poetry Glaciation appeared from Salt Publishing in late 2007. Glaciation went on to win the prestigious international Glenn Dimplex Award for Poetry in 2008. Previous to this first full collection, Will’s poems were published by private presses in limited edition pamphlets which also included his own original photographs. His second collection, Drawing in Ash, was published in May, 2011 (Salt Publishing). New editions of both collections were published in 2015 by Shearsman Books, to be followed by a third collection, The Sleepwalkers in March 2016.
Will has contributed poems, translations, reviews and essays to a range of literary journals and poetry magazines in the UK and beyond, including the TLS, The London Magazine, Poetry Review, PN Review, The White Review, The Shop, Gorse, Agenda, Decision (Germany), Poetry Ireland Review, The Edinburgh Review, The Black Herald and The Wolf. His work has also appeared in The Guardian The Irish Times and The Independent.
His original essay on the poetic vision and consequent malaise of revered songwriter Nick Drake, Precipice of Loneliness, was selected to appear in the forthcoming book on the artist Remembered for a While, published by the Nick Drake Estate and John Murray on 6th November 2014.
Will has read at a number of poetry/literature festivals in the UK and on the continent, including Stanza, Ledbury, King’s Lynn, Wells-next-the sea, Poetry International Antwerp and the Poetry on the Lake festival at Orta in Italy.
He has received support from various organisations, including The Society of Authors, The Royal Literary Fund, Le Centre National du Livre (Paris), Service de la promotion des lettres (Brussels).
Future projects include an expanded collection of the poetry of Georg Trakl, to be published by Seagull Books in 2016 and a ground breaking book about Belgium, focusing on lesser known aspects of its culture, history and landscape.