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We're excited to welcome Craig Beaven to our feature, BPJ Poets In Conversation. He spoke with us about his poem "Portrait of My Daughter in Repose," featured in our latest issue.

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We're excited to welcome Jason B. Crawford to our feature, BPJ Poets In Conversation. They spoke with us about their poem "3-Man Weave: Learning to Braid," featured in our latest issue.

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.

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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.

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