Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

March 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 Redux Literary Journal, for bringing on a new assistant editor for poetry, Clara Jane Hallar. the winners of the 2017 Moving Words poetry competition, which places short poems on public buses in Arlington, VA: Patricia Gray, Claire Kinnane, Hiram Larew, Gregory Luce, Laura Martin, and Naomi Thiers.

…to Jacqueline Jules, winner of the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press.

…to Sandra Beasley, named the 2017 Annette Dignam Writer in Residence at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

…to the Martin Luther King, Jr. DC Public Library, which closes on March 4 for three years for renovation., and Palisades Library, closing the same day for renovations that are expected to be finished in late Fall 2017.

…to the finalists of the Baker Artist Awards in Literature, from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance: Maria Adelmann, Elizabeth Dickinson, Michael Doane, and Kathy Flann.

New Releases

Jean Cocteau, Grace Notes/Appogiatures, translated by Mary-Sherman Willis (The Word Works)

David Ebenbach, The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy (short fiction, University of Massachusetts Press)

Safia Elhillo
, The January Children (University of Nebraska Press)

Natalie Giarratano, Big Thicket Blues (chapbook, Sundress Publications)

Alysse Knorr, Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review Books)

Tara Laskowski, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons (flash fiction, Santa Fe Writers’ Project)

Jenny Molberg, Marvels of the Invisible (Tupelo Press)

Cheryl Pallant, Her Body Listening (BlazeVOX Books)

Joseph Ross, Ache (Sibling Rivalry Press)

In the Margins, Christine Higgins, Ann LoLordo, Madeleine Mysko, Kathleen O’Toole (anthology, Cherry Grove Collections)

Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington, DC (2001-2009), ed. Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Jose R. Ballesteros, and Carlos Parada Ayala. Translation eds. Burgi Zenhaeusern, Yvette Neisser, and Deborah Sobeloff. Contributors include: Francisco Aragón, Naomi Ayala, Rei Berroa, Gladys Ilarregui, Samuel Miranda, Egla Morales Blouin, Martha Sanchez Lowery. (anthology, Zozobro Publishing)

Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality, ed. celeste doaks. Featuring the Black Ladies Brunch Collective: Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, celeste doaks, Tafisha Edwards, and Katy Richey (anthology, Mason Jar Press)

Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear, ed. Pamela Uschuk. Contributors include: Carmen Calatayud, Rita Dove, Blas Falconer, Yahia Lababidi, Leslie McGrath, E. Ethelbert Miller, Joseph Ross, Susan Scheid, Melissa Tuckey, Dan Vera. (anthology, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts)

Word for Word, Nancy White, ed., with poems by Karren LaLonde Alenier, J.H. Beall, Mel Belin, Sarah Browning, Grace Cavalieri, Cheryl Clarke, Donna Denizé, Bernadette Geyer, Barbara Goldberg, Brandon D. Johnson, Judith McCombs, Miles David Moore, Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Robert Sargent, Hilary Tham, Rosemary Winslow. (anthology with writing prompts, The Word Works)

Innisfree Poetry Journal, Issue 24, Spring 2017, ed. Greg McBride. Contributors include: Sid Gold, Rod Jellema, David Keplinger, Susan Okie, Patric Pepper, Anne Harding Woodworth.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included an interview with Kim Roberts by Grace Cavalieri, as well as Grace’s reviews of books by Donald Illich and conversations with Lucille Clifton, edited by Michael S. Glaser; and a crossword puzzle, “Literary Fun in the DMV” by Tara Campbell (which includes this journal as the answer to 1-Down!)