VOLUME 72 NO. 1
Our new issue has arrived! It features work by Janan Alexandra, Mary Ardery, Craig Beaven, Margaret Benbow, Jonathan Blake, Nan Cohen, Jason B. Crawford, Jessica Cuello, CD Eskilson, Betsy Fagin, Rita Feinstein, Jennifer Franklin, Hayley Graffunder, Katie Hartsock, Ann Hudson, Whittney Jones, Crystal Karlberg, Nancy Keating, Ibe Liebenberg, Teow Lim Goh, Brianna Low, Francis Lunney, Julia McDaniel, Naomi Mulvihill, Jeevan Narney, Ami Patel, Doug Ramspeck, Jane Satterfield, Mistinguette Smith, Richard Tillinghast, Mandy Moe Pwint Tu, G.C. Waldrep, Erica Wright, Jess Yuan.
Cover image: Fragment of a shirt, fourth quarter 18th Century Ukrainian. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jane Hirshfield Selects Anna Laura Reeve as Winner of 2022 Adrienne Rich Award
Of Anna Laura Reeve's poem, Jane Hirshfield writes, "The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale” brilliantly uses its device of psychology-evaluation questionnaire and the responses' contrasting (and changing) diction to bring readers into its interior and exterior landscape with vividness, exactitude, surety, and the discoveries of language's own imaginative powers. Surface objectivity and calmness become increasingly transparent to what is described: the lived experience, feelings, thought, and condition of spirit of the mother of a premature new-born over time. From birthing room forward, this poem is entirely revelatory and harrowing."
We’re grateful to the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust and to all who submitted poems for this year’s contest.
Submissions Open for Chad Walsh Chapbook Series
The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are pleased to accept entries for 2023 Chad Walsh Chapbook Series. The series was established in 2017, with the support of the Alison W. Sackett Trust, in honor of former editor Chad Walsh.
The poet whose manuscript is selected for the series will receive $2,500 and 50 copies of the chapbook and in-depth editorial consultation. The winning chapbook will be distributed to every BPJ subscriber and sold separately, in a print run of approximately 1,500. Previous titles in the series include Jacques J. Rancourt's In the Time of PrEP, Katie Farris's A Net to Catch my Body in its Weaving and Amy Miller's Astronauts.
We will remain open for submissions through November 30. For more details, see our guidelines.
Amy Miller's "Astronauts" Available Today
Amy Miller's Chad Walsh Prize-winning chapbook "Astronauts” is available now! This astounding, harrowing collection explores love and strife between sisters, as well as the lure and losses of addiction. Order a copy of this fiercely original book today.
Join the Conversation!
We're excited to welcome No'u Revilla to our feature, BPJ Poets In Conversation. She spoke with us about her poem "Sucking Sounds, Pōhai Street," featured in our latest issue.
Amy Miller's Astronauts Selected for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series
The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are delighted to announce that they have selected Amy Miller’s Astronauts for this year's title in the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series.
Miller’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Barrow Street, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, Narrative, RHINO, Terrain, Tupelo Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. Her poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Recipient of a 2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship, she lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the NPR regional listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.
When you subscribe to the BPJ, you’ll receive as part of your subscription a copy of the forthcoming chapbook in the series. Not a subscriber? Subscribe here or pre-order the chapbook from our online store.