Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

March 2019

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…to Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal.

…to David Keplinger, winner of the 2019 Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas.

…to Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the the Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults from the American Library Association.

…to Barbara Goldberg, winner of the 2019 Valentin Krustev Award for Translation from the William Meredith Foundation.

…to Randall Horton, selected as the 2019 Ellison Lecturer at Tuskegee University.

…to Sandra Beasley, winner of the 2019 John Montague International Poetry Fellowship, which provides a 3-month residency in Cork, Ireland.

…to E. Ethelbert Miller, winner of a 2019 Honor Award in Poetry from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Reginald Dwayne Betts, winner of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and a finalist for the 2019 Ellie Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).

…to Clint Smith, guest curator for February for the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day project.

…to the winners of 2019 NEA grants, including Day EIght, Noemi Press, Post-Classical Ensemble, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

…to Fred Joiner, appointed Carrboro, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate.

…to the nominees of the NAACP Image Awards in literature, including Donna Brazile, Zora Neale Hurston, and Michelle Obama.

…to the 2019 Baker Artist Award Finalists in Literature from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance: Maria Adelmann, James Arthur, Andria Cole, Leslie Harrison, Elizabeth Hazen, and Jung Yun.

…to presenters at the 2019 AWP Conference in Portland, OR, including featured readers Toi Derricotte and Tarfia Faizullah, and panelists Rasha Abdulhadi, Kim Addonizio, Saida Agostini, Lauren K. Alleyne, Francisco Aragon, Quique Aviles, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Marlena Chertock, Nicole Chung, Teri Cross Davis, Kyle G. Dargan, Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis, celeste doaks, Cornelius Eady, David Ebenbach, Safia Elhillo, Blas Falconer, Annie Finch, Carolyn Forche, Piotr Gwiazda, Reginald Harris, Yona Harvey, Randall Horton, Luisa Igloria, Holly Karapetkova, Alysse Knorr, Haki Madhubuti, Sally Wen Mao, Jeffrey McDaniel, Erika Meitner, Deborah A. Miranda, John Murillo, Lisa Page, Gregory Pardlo, Elizabeth Poliner, Mary Quattlebaum, Seema Reza, Katy Richey, Chet’la Sebree, Tim Seibles, Sharan Strange, Susan Tichy, Melissa Tuckey, Dan Vera, Gregg Wilhelm, and Christy J. Zink. Also to Bookfair exhibitors Barrelhouse, Free State Review, Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press, Gazing Grain Press, George Mason University, Gival Press, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Kestrel, National Endowment for the Arts, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Phoebe, Potomac Review, Roanoke Review, Rose Metal Press, Smartish Pace, So To Speak, Split This Rock, Virginia Commonwealth University/Blackbird, Virginia Quarterly Review, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, The Word Works, and The Writer’s Center.

…to Brenda Bunting, first place winner of the 7th Annual Jazz Poetry Slam, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling, VA.


New Releases

Rachel Cloud Adams, Space and Road (chapbook; Semiperfect Press)

Indran Amirthanayagam, Coconuts on Mars (Poetrywalla)

Rose Marie Berger, Bending the Arch (Wipf and Stock Publishers)

Derrick Weston Brown, On All Fronts (chapbook bound with two others, Floodgate Series, Upper Rubber Boot Books)

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

Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (nonfiction, Penguin Books)

Barbara Goldberg, Transformation (poetry in translation, essays; Poets Choice Publishing)

Richard Eric Johnson, Watching Angels Dance by Candlelight (Loose Moose Publishing)

Beth Konkoski, Water Shedding (chapbook, Finishing Line Press)

Toni Morrison, The Source of Self Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (nonfiction, Knopf)

Karen Sagstetter, Commotion (Finishing Line Press)

Sally Zakariya, The Unknowable Mystery of Other People (chapbook, Poetry Box)

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, ed. Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond. Contributors include: Elizabeth Acevedo, JoAnn Balingit, Safia Elhillo, Tarfia Faizullah (anthology for young readers, Triangle Square Books)

Such Friends as These: The Surrey Street Poets. ed. Henry Crawford, Renee Gherity, and Betsy Burke. Contributors include: Judith Bowles, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, Majda Gama, Margi Grady, Betsy Holleman, Leah Johnson, David Keplinger, Dennis M. Kirschbaum, Meghan O’Connell, Ann A. Philips, Ellen Sazzman, Amy Young (anthology; Lulu)

Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day. Recent postings have featured work by Elizabeth Acevedo, Rasheed Copeland, Safia Elhillo,  ta’i freedom ford, and Pages Matam, and DJ, Johnny, Daniel K., Timothy TB, and Cheleta Tuckson of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop.

Literary Matters, Issue 11:2, Winter 2019, Ryan Wilson, editor in chief. Contributors include: Ned Balbo, Armen Davoudian, Leslie Harrison, Kathleen Hull, Sunil Iyengar, Noah Jampol.

Passager, Winter 2019, Issue 66, ed. Mary Azrael and Kendra Kopelke. Contributors include: Andrew Brown, Ted Charnley, John Hovde, Bill JonesLalita Noronha, Ann Rayburn.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith. Recent issues include Leeya Mehta’s book blog column and a review of the new novel by Thomas Mallon.


Recommended Events

Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
Pi-Day: Math and Poetry
Featuring Gregory Coxson, Annie Finch, JoAnne Growney, and Rachel Levy, followed by open mic of poems in Pilish and other math-linked poems. Free admission.
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD.

Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
Poetry Out Loud District of Columbia Finals
Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools compete for a cash prize, a cash stipend for their school library, and the chance to compete in the Nationals. Free admission; RSVP required.
Blind Whino Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave. SW, DC.




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