Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

July/August 2019

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…to the new U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She begins her term in September. She is also the recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers.

…to Rita Dove, winner of the 2019 Langston Hughes Medal from the City University of New York, and a 2019 Legacy Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

…to Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry.

…to Carmen Gimenez Smith, awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry and Lawrence P. Jackson, awarded in Fiction.

…to the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, including Erika Meitner, Nicole Chung, and Greg Lukianoff.

…to B.J. Love, the new editor of Poet Lore.

…to Mart Crowley, winner of a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

…to Holly Bass, artist-in-residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit for three months.

…to Kimberly L. Becker, awarded a residency at Weymouth Center.

…to Steve Bellin-Oka, winner of the 2019 Poets in Parks artist-in-residence fellowship at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park.

…to Roscoe Burnems, the 2019 Underground Slam Champion at the Southern Fried Poetry Festival.

…to the finalists in the 2019 Firecracker Awards from CLMP, including Rose Metal Press and Sinister Wisdom magazine.

…to the winners of the XLIV Pushcart Prizes, including Richard Bausch, Toi Derricotte, Louise Gluck, Jeffrey Harrison, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tony Hoagland, Leslie Pietrzyk, Joanna Scott, and Charles Simic.


In Memoriam

Our condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Mark Saunders, Director of the University of Virginia Press, who died of a heart attack at age 52.


New Releases

Oliver Baez Bendorf, The Gospel According to X (chapbook, Seven Kitchens Press)

Judith Bowles, Unlocatable Source (Turning Point Books)

Sandy Green, Lot for Sale. No Pigs (chapbook, BatCat Press)

Alysse Knorr, Ballast (chapbook, Seven Kitchens Press

Gregory Orr, The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write (W.W. Norton)

Richard Peabody, Guinness on the Quay (Salmon Poetry)

Charles Simic, Come Closer and Listen (Ecco Press

A Constellation of Kisses, ed. Diane Lockward. Contributors include: Kim Addonizio, Nin Andrews, Geraldine Connelly, Jeffrey Harrison, Grey Jacobik, Tim Seibles, Terence Winch (anthology, Terrapin Books)

War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials, by Binh Danh and Robert Schultz. With essays by Barbara Bair, David Lehman, Stanley Plumly and Molly Rogers (Taubman Museum of Art, 2019)

We Are Not Your Metaphor: A Disability Poetry Anthology, ed. Zoeglossia Fellows. Contributors include Kathi Wolfe and Raymond Luczak. (anthology, Squares and Rebels Press)

Barrelhouse, June 2019, Road Trips: The Desi Issue, ed. Kamil Ahsan. Contributors include: Aditya Desai, Senna Ahmad.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vol. 20:3, Portfolio Issue, ed. Kim Roberts and Venus Thrash. Contributors: Rasha Abdulhadi, Kimberly A. Collins, Jona Colson, Anya Creightney, Carolyn Joyner, Carlo T. Paul, Gregg Wilhelm, and Ryan Wilson. With visual art by Brandon D. Johnson, Wayson R. Jones, Beth Ojalvo, and Robert Revere

Literary Matters, Issue 11:3, Spring/Summer 2019, ed. Ryan Wilson. Contributors include: Jane Satterfield, Elizabeth Spires. Plus a review of books by Michael Collier and Natasha Trethewey.

Maryland Literary Review, ed. Nathan Leslie, Issue 2, 2019. Contributors include: Peter Amos, Katherine Bell, Caroline Bock, Shirley Brewer, Jen Grow, Daniel Jenkins, Eleanor Levine, Lorrie Ness.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith. Recent issues include Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of the new books by Indran Amirthanayagam, Ellen Aranofsky Cole, Reuben Jackson, Richard Peabody, and Karen Sagstetter. Plus a review of the new book by Elizabeth Acevedo by Emma Carbone.

Recommended Event

OutWrite 2019 Literary Festival
Saturday, August 3
Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th St. NW, DC
Readings, panels, and book fair. Featured readings by Jericho Brown, Wo Chan, and Kristen Arnett. At noon, Beltway Poetry Quarterly sponsors a reading of five LGBTQ+ authors who have edited issues of the journal: Saida Agostini, Regie Cabico, Margaret Corum, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Venus Thrash. Free admission.



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