A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
We are delighted and honored to assume responsibility for the day-to-day work of the BPJ, performed so well since 1991 by John Rosenwald and Lee Sharkey. We look forward enthusiastically to new ventures and adventures for the magazine, all the while staying true to its mission of publishing important and inventive poems.
As we take the helm, we'll certainly innovate, but traditions will remain; we'll personally respond to as many submissions as possible and select work in quarterly weekend sessions with the editorial board, "fortified," as long-time BPJ editor Marion Stocking was fond of saying, "by bread and soup and the love of the craft." It's a recipe that has found our readers, contributors, and staff well-fed for sixty-five years. Thank you for savoring this work with us.
Onward, and cheers!
Melissa Crowe and Rachel Contreni Flynn
P.S. Please note our new postal address:
P.O. Box 1450
Windham, ME 04062
GRAHAM BARNHART WINS CHAD WALSH PRIZE
Graham Barnhart of Columbus, Ohio is the winner of the Beloit Poetry Journal’s 23rd annual Chad Walsh Poetry Prize. The editors award the prize, on the basis of excellence, to a poem or group of poems they have published in the previous year. This year, they have selected Barnhart’s "Pissing in Irbil" and "Call to Prayer," which appeared in the Spring 2015 issue. The prize carries a cash award of $3000.
NEWPAGES SALUTES THE BPJ AND ITS EDITORS
There's a lovely tribute to the BPJ and to literary editorship more generallly, in this blog post by Denise Hill for NewPages:
With little fanfare, John Rosenwald and Lee Sharkey have stepped down as The Editors of Beloit Poetry Journal . . . .
The tangible, the day-to-day, that will be the easy part. It's the other, the expectations, that become the true responsibility. The expectations of writers, of readers, of other editors, other publications, of teachers, of students, of the up-and-coming, of the established, of yourselves - most of all - of yourselves. Continually satisfy these changing expecations of the collective imagination, sustain this, and you will have a publication people know internationally. It has been done. It can be done.
to T J Jarrett, Jenny Johnson, Douglas Kearney, and Ocean Vuong for their riveting reading at AWP 2015, which people continue to tell us was the highpoint of the conference for them.
Chad Walsh Prize recipient Jenny Johnson is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Award, one of ten given annually to emerging writers based on "early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come."
Recent BPJ contributors Danez Smith and Ocean Vuong have garnered two of this year's five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry of U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.
Danielle Jones-Pruett, whose poem sequence on Descartes' daughter appeared in the BPJ's Fall 2013 issue, is one of six recipients of the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given to U.S. women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise early in their careers.
FULL-TEXT ARCHIVE, 1950-2014
The 260 issues of the Beloit Poetry Journal that have been published since the fall of 1950 constitute a history of English-language poetry in the last six decades. We are happy to make that history available to readers, poets, and scholars in our on-line archive.
The archive contains rare texts such as Anne Sexton's first published poem, Langston Hughes' translations of Federico Garcia Lorca's Gypsy Ballads, and a memorial chapbook for William Carlos Williams edited by David Ignatow in 1963 whose list of contributors reads like a Who's Who of mid-twentieth century American poetry.
To find a particular poet or poem, look the poet’s name up in the Index, click on the name to see a list of what we’ve published by that poet, then click on the poem you want to see.
Alex Cigale reads Gennady Aygi's "Calmly: precious little . . . "
in the original Russian
Alex Cigale reads Gennady Aygi's "To Pierre Emmanuel . . ."
Michael Bazzett, "The Field Beyond the Wall" and "The Differences"
Michael Broek, from "The Logic of You"
Brittany Cavallaro,"The Girl in Question"
Carol Ann Davis, "Eva Hesse" 1, 6, and 7
Nicelle Davis, ""Hairstylist Sam Villa--Premiere Orlando Main Stage" .
Heather Dobbins, "In the Low Houses"
Karl Elder, "Ode in the Key of O"
Benjamin S. Grossberg, "A Thought"
Kevin Heaton's "Mississippi Crossing"
Sean Heaton reads "Mississippi Crossing"
Jenny Johnson, "Aria" .
Kirun Kapur, "Melon Cleaver" and "Light"
Elizabeth Langemak, "Expectation" and "Illinois Cornfield as Nude Descending Staircase."
Karen Lepri, "Root" and "Wave"
Fred Marchant, "Quang Tri Elegies"
Leeya Mehta, "The Abduction"
Anna George Meek, "Self-Posssession"
Philip Metres, "An Index"
John A. Nieves, "Spin-the-Globe Charades"
Christopher Munde, " Entomology of Exhaustion"
Christopher Munde, "What Was Gentle Has Turned Careful"
Tanya Olson, "Flower of the Mountain"
Hayden Saunier's "Wooden Bowl of Spangled Fruit"
Pattabi Seshadri, "Desert Grass"
Alpay Ulku's "The Orange Sonata"
Daneen Wardrop, "Mozart's Starling" and "Counterpoint"
Charles Wyatt, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens," sections 11-13
Tracy Zeman, "Grass for Bone"
Karl Elder, "The Chills," "Conversion,""Ode in the Key of O"
Janet Holmes, from "Partch Stations"
Susan Tichy, "Stork," and "Come Back Each Summer To See How Far Your Favorite Rock Has Moved"
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BPJ Poet Kerrin McCadden has won the Vermont Book Award for her Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes. Two of her poems appear in our soon-to-be released Fall 2015 issue, and co-editor Rachel Contreni Flynn interviews McCadden about her aims, her process, and her inspirations.