Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

April 2017

Listings of readings and performances in the Poetry News only include events in the greater DC area (covering roughly the same area that the METRO public transit system covers), although we include a larger geographic region for listings of Competitions, Grants, Calls for Entries, Workshops, and Special Events (covering all of DC, MD, VA, WV, and DE).

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…to Paulette Beete, Joel Dias-Porter, and Joanna Hoffman, nominated by Beltway Poetry Quarterly for the 2016 Bettering American Poetry Awards.

…to Francisco Aragón, a finalist for the 2017 Freedom Plow Award from Split This Rock.

…to Carolyn Forché, winner of a Windham-Campbell Prize in Poetry from Yale University.

…to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, for dedicating the Lucille Clifton House.

…to Nicole Tong and Jacob Weber, winners of the Washington Writers Publishing House awards in poetry and fiction.

…to Julie R. Enszer, editor of the Complete Works of Pat Parker, which is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry from the Publishing Triangle.

…to Jacqueline Jules, whose children’s book Feathers for Peacock was named a Forword INDIE Finalist for 2016.

…to Reginald Dwayne Betts, admitted to the PhD program at Yale Law School.

…to Carlos Parada Ayala, accepted into the summer program for teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

…to Adam Chiles and Nicole Tong, both promoted to Full Professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

…to Kim Roberts and Michael Glaser, awarded Uncommon Repertory Theater Company Artist Retreat fellowships in April.

In Memoriam

We were saddened to hear of two recent deaths that diminish our literary community: novelist Ann McLaughlin, and short fiction writer and Gargoyle co-editor Lucinda Ebersole. We offer our condolences to their family and friends.

New Releases

Kwame Alexander, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (children’s literature, Candlewick Press)

Henry Crawford, American Software (WordTech Editions)

Jacqueline Jules, Itzak Perlman’s Broken String (chapbook, Evening Street Press)

Elaine Magarrell, The Madness of Chefs: New & Selected Poems, ed. Barbara Goldberg, Jean Nordhaus & Catherine Harnett (The Word Works)

Sheila McMullin, daughterrariums (Cleveland State University Press)

Tim Seibles, One Turn Around the Sun (Etruscan Press)

Michael Tims, The Acoustic Properties of Ancient People (chapbook, Finishing Line)

Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically, Gerry LaFemina (textbook, Kendall Hunt)

The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, ed. Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith. Contributors include: Kim Addonizio, Sandra Beasley, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Kyle G. Dargan, Rita Dove, Calvin Forbes, Nikki Giovanni, Yona Harvey, Randall Horton, A. Van Jordan, Maxine Kumin, Hailey Leithauser, Philip Levine, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Erika Meitner, E. Ethelbert Miller, Gregory Pardlo, Linda Pastan, Myra Sklarew, Lisa Russ Spaar. (anthology, University of Arkansas Press).

Resist Much Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, ed. Michael Boughn, Contributors include: JoAnn Balingit, Alan Britt, Laura Shovan, Joshua Weiner, Walt Whitman. (anthology, Spyten Duyvil Press)

Delaware Poetry Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2017, ed. Jeffrey Lamar Coleman. “This Thing Called Life”: Poetry Inspired by the Music & Spirit of Prince. Contributors include: Ned Balbo, Tara Betts, Cacayo Ballesteros, Karl W. Carter, Jr., Grace Cavalieri, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Geoffrey Himes, Truth Thomas.

The Northern Virginia Review, Vol. 31, Spring 2017, ed. Ruth Stewart. Contributors include: Russell Cregar Berajas, Laura Casal, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, Stephanie Dupal, Meg Eden, Jessica Gardner, Bill Glose, Kirsten Hampton, Kelly Ann Jacobson, Terry Joseph, Holly Karapetkova, Beth Konkoski, Holly Mason, Jim McClellan, Ray Orkwis, Suzy Rigdon, Roberta Senechal de la Roche, Misti Snow, Naomi Thiers.

Poetry Virginia Review 2016, featuring the winners of the 2016 Poetry Society of Virginia contest, including: John Amen, Eric Forsbergh, Bill Glose, John Hoppenthaler, Luisa A. Igloria, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Dorianne Laux, Joshua Poteat, Lisa Russ Spaar, Sofia M. Starnes, and Wynn Yarbrough.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of recent poetry books by Richard Harteis, Ann Bracken, and Jane Satterfield, plus poetry playing cards by Maritza Rivera, a look at the most recent Potomac Review, and at translations by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub of the short fiction of Blume Lempel.