Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

October 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 the new US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, who began her term in September.

…to Dr. Carla Hayden, Congressman John Lewis and Haki R. Madhubuti, winners of 2017 Legacy Awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

…to Natasha Trethewey, winner of a Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities.

…to Miles David Moore, who hosted the final reading in the Iota Poetry Series at the Iota Club and Cafe in Arlington, VA on Sept. 10. He hosted the monthly series with great warmth and wit for 23 years.

…to Elizabeth Poliner, winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction from the University of Rochester.

…to Reginald Dwayne Betts, awarded the Emerson Fellowship in the New America National Fellows program.

…to Andrew Jarvis, winner of a Silver Medal in Poetry in the 2017 Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association Book Awards.

…to Taylor Johnson, winner of the first prize in the 2017 Larry Neal Writer’s Award in Poetry.

…to John Murillo, awarded a residency fellowship at the MacDowell Colony.

…to Sunil Freeman, on his retirement from over 30 years of service as an arts administrator at The Writer’s Center.

New Releases

Elizabeth Acevedo, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press)

David Biespiel, The Education of a Young Poet (memoir, Counterpoint Press)

Grace Cavalieri, Other Voices, Other Lives (poems, plays, and interviews, Alan Squire Publishing)

Jennifer Chang, Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books)

Joshua Gray, The Life and Death of King Edward (Forever Press)

John H. Huey, The Moscow Poetry File (Finishing Line)

Nathan Leslie, Three Men (novellas, Texture Press)

Melanie McCabe, His Other Life: Looking for My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams (memoir, University of New Orleans Press)

Tony Medina, I Am Alfonso Jones (graphic novel, Tu Books)

Michael Tims, The Acoustic Properties of Ancient People (chapbook, Finishing Line)

Jan Wagner, translated by David Keplinger, The Art of Topiary (Milkweed Editions)

Terence Winch, The Known Universe (Hanging Loose)

Sarah Ann Winn, Alma Almanac (Barrow Street Press)

Best American Poetry 2017, ed. Natasha Trethewey, David Lehman. Contributors include: Michael Collier, Claudia Emerson, Carolyn Forche, Jeffrey Harrison, John Murillo, Stanley Plumly (anthology, Scribner)

Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf, ed. Drew Gardner, Nada Gordon, Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammad, and Gary Sullivan. Contributors include: K. Lorraine Graham, Mel Nichols, Rod Smith (anthology, Edge Books)

We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, ed. Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page (nonfiction anthology, Beacon Press)

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, ed. Margaret Corum, Gowri Koneswaran, and Kim Roberts. Vol. 18:4, Fall 2017. Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue; contributors include Paulette Beete, Robyn Brooks, Sarah Browning, Dorritt Carroll, Karl W. Carter, Jr., Christina Daub, Donna Denizé, Brian Gilmore, Melanie Henderson, Emilio Iasiello, Sonja James, Brandon D. Johnson, Carolyn Joyner, Jacqueline Jules, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios, Tony Medina, E. Ethelbert MIller, Samuel A. Miranda, Sean Murphy, Lalita Noronha, Linda Pastan, Wesley Rothman, Myra Sklarew, AB Spellman, Bernadine (Dine) Watson, Terence Winch, Pamela Murray Winters, and Katherine E. Young. With an introduction by Marcia Davis, and an interview of Brown by Grace Cavalieri.

Broadkill Review, Sept./Oct. 2017 Issue, ed. Jamie Brown. Contributors include: Bill Glose, Steven Leech, Franetta McMillian, Elisavietta Ritchie, Naomi Thiers.

Innisfree Poetry Journal, Issue 25, Fall 2017, ed. Greg McBride. Contributors include: Grace Cavalieri, Moira Egan, Kurt Olsson, Karen Sagstetter, David Salner. Plus book reviews by Rod Jellema, Janet McCann, Anne Harding Woodworth (on Martin Galvin), and Mary-Sherman Willis (on Kim Roberts).

Passager, Issue 63, 2017, Mary Azrael and Kendra Kopelke, eds. Contributors include: Mary Stone Hanley, Kathleen Hellen, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios, Sam Schmidt, Maryhelen Snyder.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of recent poetry books by Jehanne Debrow and Chris Llewellyn.