BPJ @ AWP 2021


This year, we can’t bump into each other in the hotel lobby, get lost together in the convention center halls, wave to each other across a crowded panel-room or shake hands across the book fair table, but we can still connect around what we love—great poetry, great poets and the joy that comes from putting words on the page. Join us for some wonderful virtual events during AWP. Let’s connect and find each other here.

March 4, 4:30 pm ET

Art as Resistance & Resilience
Workshop with BPJ chapbook editor Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown

This free, generative session based on Jessica and Nickole’s latest book Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire, will draw on writing from Ada Limón, W.S. Merwin, Rebecca Solnit, and Ross Gay with the goal of cultivating resistance and resilience. We hope you will depart from our time together fortified, knowing just how, as Margaret Atwood wrote,"A word after a word after a word is power."
Email sunjuneliterary@gmail.com to register.

March 6, 8pm ET

Reading with acclaimed BPJ authors Katie Farris, Philip Metres & Cortney Lamar Charleston
Register at bpj.org/awpzoom

Not your usual AWP off-site reading, but still a chance to gather together and hear from some our favorite voices. About our readers:

Katie Farris is the 2021 winner of the Beloit Poetry Journal’s Chad Walsh Chapbook Series for her collection A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving. 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).  

Pre-order Katie’s book here.

Philip Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon, 2020). His work—including poetry, translation, essays, fiction, criticism, and scholarship—has garnered a Lannan fellowship, two NEA fellowships, six OhioArts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize, the Adrienne Rich Award, three ArabAmerican Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Lyric Poetry Prize, and theCleveland Arts Prize. Metres has been called “one of the essential poets of our time,” whose work is “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original.”

Order Philip’s book here.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies (Saturnalia Books, 2017) and Doppelgangbanger (Haymarket Books, 2021). He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he has also received fellowships from Cave Canem and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, his poems have appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at The Rumpus and on the editorial board at Alice James Books.

Order Cortney’s book here.

March 4-6

Visit with the editors at our virtual booth at the AWP BookFair

Chat, shop, subscribe & hang out at the BPJ virtual booth during our open hours.


Shop BPJ during AWP and receive 15% off subscriptions, back-issues, chapbooks & more. Just use promo code AWP20201.

Preorder Katie Farris’s new collection, A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving, winner of the 2021 Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize.