Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

January 2019

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…to the DC Poet Laureate Selection Committee members, recently sworn in by Mayor Muriel Bowser: Kyle G. Dargan, Donna Denize, David Gewanter, Brandon D. Johnson, Tony Medina, Kim Roberts, and Venus Thrash.

…to Tracy K. Smith and Elizabeth Spires, whose newest work was selected by the New York Times for ten Best Poetry Books of 2018.

…to Tony Medina, winner of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature from the University of Connecticut.

…to Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, co-winner with Ellen Cassedy of the Modern Language Association’s Fania & Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies.

…to Reginald Dwayne Betts, winner of a 2019 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

…to Mabel Yu, winner of the Nelson Algren Short Story Award from the Chicago Tribune.

…to recipients of National Endowment for the Humanities grants, including Howard University, for a project to digitize the archives of the Bethel Literary and Historical Assn.; and preservation grants to the Eastern Shore Public Library Fdn. In Accomac, VA, and the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church, VA.


New Releases

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

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, These Flecks of Color: New and Selected Poems (San Francisco Bay Press)

Hiram Larew, Undone (chapbook, Foothills Publishing)

Sally Wen Mao, Oculus (Graywolf Press)

Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, ed. Jeremy Noel-Tod (anthology, Penguin Books). Contributors include: Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Claudel, Rita Dove, Carolyn Forche, Robert Hass, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Saint-John Perse, Rod Smith, Mark Strand.

Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, ed. Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis (anthology, New Rivers Press). Contributors include: Anne Becker, Tony Hoagland, Linda Pastan, Anne Harding Woodworth.

Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day. Recent postings have featured work by such DC authors as Conrad Aiken, Francisco Aragon, and Ruth Muskrat Bronson.

Asian American Literary Review, Vol. 9, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2018, eds. Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis and Gerald Maa; guest ed. Lena Sze. “History, Place, Presence: A Special Issue Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Asian Arts Initiative,” contributors include: Rene J. Marquez, Anu Yadav.

Maryland Literary Review, Vol. 1, Winter 2018, ed. Nathan Leslie. Contributors include: CL Bledsoe, Sid Gold, Donald Illich, Gregory Luce, Kim Roberts, Naomi Thiers; plus an interview with Pamela Winters.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith. Recent issues include Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of books by Michael H. Levin and Dora Malech.


Recommended Events

Monday January 7 at 7:30 pm, Cafe Muse Reading Series, featuring Linda Pastan and Le Hinton. Preceded by classical guitar by Michael C. Davis, followed by open mic, book signing, and reception. Sponsored by The Word Works. Free admission. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD.

Monday, January 21 at 10:00 am, “Not Just Another Day Off: A Poetic Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday,” featuring Marilyn Nelson. Combines poetry with speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mary McLeod Bethune, and others. Participants requested to bring donations of boxed and canned food. Free admission, but reservations requested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE, DC.



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