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Submissions Open for Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

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The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are pleased to accept entries for 2022 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, Christine Gosnay's The Wanderer and Victoria C. Flanagan's Glossary of Unsaid Terms.

We will remain open for submissions through November 30. For more details, see our guidelines.

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

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The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are delighted to announce that final judge Natasha Trethewey has chosen Taylor Byas’s “Tell it Like a Movie |Rewind” as the winner of the 2021 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry.

Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the first place winner of both the 2020 Poetry Super Highway and the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contests and a finalist for the 2020 Frontier OPEN Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, and her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in spring 2023. 

Of 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.

Along with naming the winner, Trethewey selected two finalists, Anthony Borruso, for “Diagnosis: Thelonius Monk” and Corey Van Landingham, for “The Eye of God.”

The editors also selected as semi-finalists Kemi Alabi’s “Against Heaven,” Taylor Byas’s “Shutter,” Jessica Fisher’s “Shadow Play,” Huan He’s “Union Pacific,” Monica Ong’s “The Daughter's Almanac,” and Monica Rico’s “American Crow.”

The winning poem, as well as the finalists and semi-finalists, will appear in the Fall 2021 issue of the BPJ.

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

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Submissions for 2021 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

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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.

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

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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.

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 A Net to Catch My Body in its Weaving due to ship in May, as your first issue.