Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

December 2018

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…to the Beltway Poetry Ten Best Books (and Two Anthologies) of 2018 winners: Michael Collier, My Bishop and Other Poems; Jona Colson, Said Through Glass; Claudia Emerson, Claude Before Time and Space; Tarfia Faizullah, Registers of Illuminated Villages; David Gewanter, Fort Necessity; Monica Hand, DiVida; Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar, Monster Portraits; Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water; Elizabeth Spires, A Memory of the Future; Natasha Trethewey, Monument; Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, edited by Melissa Tuckey; and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, edited by Christopher Soto.

…to Isabel Allende, winner of the National Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

…to Grace Cavalieri, named the new Poet Laureate of Maryland.

…to Grace Cavalieri, on her 42nd year producing “The Poet and The Poem” from the Library of Congress. The coming season, which runs from January 9 through May 23, will featuring Geraldine Connolly, Kyle G. Dargan, David Gewanter, Joanna Howard, Michael Lally, Diane Wilbon Parks, Linda Pastan, and Kim Roberts, among others.

…to Dana Gioia, who just completed his two-year term as California State Poet Laureate, in which he gave a reading in every single county in that huge state.

…to Rasha Abdulhadi, the new Interim Executive Director of Split This Rock.

…to Remica Bingham-Risher, awarded a 2018 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant in Poetry.

…to Aaron R., winner of the World Food Day Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Poetry X Hunger.

…to Juan Felipe Herrera and Tony Medina, recognized for their 2018 Best Books in Poetry, as selected by School Library Journal.

…to Upshur Street Books, which has opened a new pop-up bookshop at 931 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD called Loyalty Books.

…to the Sligo Review, sponsored by Montgomery College, Second Place winner of the literary magazine award in the East region from the Community College Humanities Association.

…to Poetry Daily, who has successfully moved its headquarters to George Mason University, and taken on new editors Peter Streckfus and Sally Keith.


New Releases

Paula Closson Buck, You Cannot Shoot a Poem (Louisiana State University Press)

Ellen Aronofsky Cole, Notes from the Dry Country (Mayapple Press)

Harriet Levin, My Oceanography (CavanKerry Press)

Elisavietta Ritchie, The Scotch Runner (Poets Choice)

Caroline N. Simpson, Choose Your Own Adventure (chapbook, Finishing Line Press)

Loch Raven Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2018, ed. Dan Cuddy, Jim Doss, Matt Hohner, et al. Contributors include: Linette Marie Allen, Shirley Brewer, Kari Ann Ebert, Anne Higgins, Lalita Noronha, Tara Smith, Marianne Szylk, Katherine E. Young.

Poet Lore, Volume 113, Number ¾, Fall/Winter 2018, ed. Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller. Contributors include: Kelly Cherry, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, E. Laura Golberg, Tony Hoagland, Pablo Medina, Gretchen Primack, Joseph Ross, Myra Sklarew, Gary Stein, Henry Taylor, and reviews by Mary-Sherman Willis and Anne Harding Woodworth.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith.  Recent issues have included a reviews by Grace Cavalieri of recent books by Francisco Aragon and Jona Colson; Leeya Mehta on “Stability and Grace”; and the editors picks for the 50 Favorite Books of 2018.




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