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We're excited to welcome Huan He,  to our feature, BPJ Poets In Conversation. He spoke with us about his poem "Union Pacific", featured in our latest issue.

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We're excited to welcome Kemi Alabi,  to our feature, BPJ Poets In Conversation. They spoke with us about their poem "Against Heaven", featured in our latest issue.

Amy Miller's Astronauts Selected for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

The editors of the Beloit Poetry Journal are delighted to announce that they have selected Amy Miller’s Astronauts for this year's title in the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series.

Miller’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Barrow Street, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, Narrative, RHINO, Terrain, Tupelo Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. Her poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Recipient of a 2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship, she lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the NPR regional listeners’ guide Jefferson Journal.

When you subscribe to the BPJ, you’ll receive as part of your subscription a copy of the forthcoming chapbook in the series. Not a subscriber? Subscribe here or pre-order the chapbook from our online store.

VOLUME 71 NO. 2

Our new issue has arrived! It features work by Rachel Abramowitz, Kemi Alabi, Rowyda Amin, Bridget Bell, Anthony Borruso, Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer, Sarah Burke, Taylor Byas, Lauren Camp, Dante Di Stefano, Jehanne Dubrow, Jordan Escobar, B. H. Fairchild, Jessica Fisher, Daniel Elias Galicia, Katherine Gordon, Carrie Green, Jared Harél, Huan He, Maria Hummel, Anthony Immergluck, Rebecca Lehmann, Chloe Martinez, Carling McManus, Lena Moses-Schmitt, Monica Ong, Jennifer Polson Peterson, Gretchen Steele Pratt, Michael Prior, No'u Revilla, Monica Rico, Angbeen Saleem, Nicole Stockburger, Jason Tandon, Aldric Ulep, Corey van Landingham, Annie Woodford, and Lani Yu.

Cover image by Jeremy Yap.

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.

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photo of cherry trees by Meriç Dağli

Submissions Open for Chad Walsh Chapbook Series

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.

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