Natasha Trethewey Selects Taylor Byas as Winner of 2021 Adrienne Rich Award

Of Taylor Byas’s poem, Natasha Trethewey writes, “'Tell It Like a Movie | Rewind' is a stunning poem that unfolds like a near palindrome, the repetition of images and phrases drawing the action into sharp focus. Through its cinematic lens—the camera’s eye moving in and out of tight angles—a traumatic scene is rendered in harrowing detail, the tension palpable, heightening, and powerfully felt."

We’re grateful to the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust and to all who submitted poems for this year’s contest.


Our new issue is a tribute to editor, poet, mentor and friend Lee Sharkey. It features work by O-Jeremiah Agbaakin, Deborah Allbritain, Amy Bagwell, Elena Karina Byrne, Kristen Case, William Fargason, Jen Stewart Fueston, Janice N. Harrington, Carolyn Hembree, K. Henderson, Carolina Hotchandani, Hope Jordan, Polchate (Jam) Kraprayoon, Cate Lycurgus, Caleb Nolen, Chisom Okafor, Derek Otsuji, Jacques J. Rancourt, Heidi Seaborn, Tim Seibles, Lee Sharkey, Bradley R. Strahan, Raisa Tolchinsky, Eric Tran and Jim Whiteside.

Cover image by Peter Ralston.

Katie Farris's A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving Selected for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are delighted to announce that they have selected Katie Farris's A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving for this year's title in the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series. Katie Farris’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Nation, McSweeneys, Granta, and the Massachusetts Review, which awarded her the Anne Halley Poetry Prize. Farris is the author of the hybrid-form text boysgirls (Marick Press, 2011; Tupelo Press, 2019) and translator as well as co-editor of several books, including Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (Tupelo, 2014). She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Institute of Technology.


The Fall 2020 issue features new work by Jubi Arriola-Headley, Michael Bazzett, Amy Beeder, Elizabeth Breese, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Jane Craven, Tennessee Hill, Anthony Immergluck, Gabriel Jesiolowski, Bryana Joy, Christopher Kempf, Chris Ketchum, Steven Kleinman, Peter Krumbach, Michelle Lowry Macfarlane, Gail Martin, Becka Mara McKay, Carling McManus, Rachel Mennies, Jude Nutter, Corey Oglesby, Troy Osaki, Gretchen Steele Pratt, Doug Ramspeck, Eric Rawson, Simon Shieh, Sara Moore Wagner, Chelsea Whitton, Alicia Wright, Charles Wyatt and Linda Zisquit.

Cover image by Hollie Chastain.

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Submissions for 2021 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are pleased to accept entries for the 2021 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. The award was established in 2017, with the support of the Adrienne Rich Literary Trust

This year’s final judge is Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

All submissions will be considered for publication, and the winner will receive $1,500. Submissions will remain open through April 30. For more details, see our guidelines.

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