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BPJ at AWP '18

The BPJ team is headed to Tampa, Florida for AWP '18! At the bookfair, stop by table T1233 to get your copy of our latest issue, Winter 2018, featuring poems selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2017 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. We’ll be offering a generous discount on subscriptions for conference goers, and poet Jacques J. Rancourt will be on hand to sign advanced copies of his chapbook, In the Time of PrEP.

On Saturday from 3:00-4:15, please join us (in rooms 20 & 21 on the first floor of the Tampa Convention Center) for “Ballade of the Poverties”: A Reading by Beloit Poetry Journal Poets. Cortney Lamar Charleston, Nicelle Davis, Meg Day, and Sally Wen Mao will read poems inspired by Adrienne Rich’s “Ballade of the Poverties.” Addressed to the princes of predation and finance, this piece reminds us that political poetry isn’t new or newly necessary but remains a vital force for survival, resistance, and change. Audience members will be invited to submit lines for inclusion in a collaborative response to “Ballade,” to be published on the BPJ website. We hope to see you there!

Jacques J. Rancourt's In the Time of PrEP

The BPJ team is thrilled to announce that the inaugural title in our chapbook series is Jacques J. Rancourt's In the Time of PrEP. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in The Georgia ReviewKenyon ReviewMissouri ReviewNew England ReviewPloughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals, as well as in Best New Poets. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Of the collection, Eduardo C. Corral (author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize) writes, “In this country, AIDS is no longer a quick death sentence. Jacques J. Rancourt, born the year AZT was released, makes visible its wreckage in the present. The plague years—queer bodies kissed by death and public scorn—shadow the speaker as he cruises, travels, and marries. Rancourt's language is finely chiseled, attentive to the spiritual and the carnal. Each poem reminds us to live, to remember.”

When you subscribe to the BPJ, you’ll receive as part of your subscription a copy of the forthcoming chapbook in the series. Subscribe now to receive In the Time of PrEP, due to ship in May, as your first issue. (You can also order single copies here.)