Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

November 2019

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…to the ten authors and three editors whose books were named Beltway Poetry’s Ten Best Books of 2019 (Plus Two Anthologies): Reginald Dwayne Betts, Richard Blanco, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, Brian Gilmore, Kirsten Hampton, Joy Harjo, Sami Miranda, Jose Padua, Seema Reza, and editors Elizabeth J. Coleman, Stan Galloway, and Nicole Yurcaba.

…to authors whose books were longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, including: Marie Arana, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Carolyn Forche, and Toni Morrison

…to the finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards, including: Toi Derricotte, Jason Reynolds, and Carolyn Forche.

…to the winners of the Ruby’s Awards in Literature from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance: Abdul Ali, Rachael Uwada Clifford, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, Clarence Harlan Orsi, and Jung Yun.

…to the finalists of the Library of Virginia Literary Awards, including Michael Chitwood, Claudia Emerson, Bob Hicok, Erika Meitner, and Jon Pineda.

…to Grace Cavalieri, who has retired as poetry reviews editor of the Washington Independent Review of Books after over seven years of service. Grace was also honored with an Annie Award from the Anne Arundel Arts Council.

…to the winners of the World Food Day Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations: Henry Crawford, Sharon Ingram, and Anne Harding Woodworth. Honorable mentions went to Susan Okie, Sally Zachariya, Mike Ratcliffe, and Emille Bryant.

…to the Library of Congress, for changing the name of one of its divisions from the outdated National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. 

…to the Downtown DC BID, for their new Women in History Call Box public art project. Four of the six women commemorated were writers or editors: Katherine Graham, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Keckley, and Mary Church Terrell

…to Heran Sereke-Brhan, the new Interim Director of the DC Commission on the Arts.

New Releases

Megan Alpert, The Animal at Your Side (Airlie Press)

Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, The Local World (WordTech Editions)

Alyse Knorr, Ballast (chapbook, Seven Kitchens Press)

David Salner, The Stillness of Certain Valleys (Broadstone Books)

Burgi Zenhaeusern, Behind Normalcy (chapbook, CityLit Press)

Bay to Ocean 2019: The Year’s Best Writing from the Eastern Shore Writers Association, ed. Gregg Wilhelm. Contributors include: Bob Balestri, Shirley J. Brewer, Walter F. Curran, Irene Flick, Frank E. Hopkins, Claire McCabe, Sarah McGregor, Jeffrey Scott (anthology Eastern Shore Writers Assn.)

Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets, ed. Carl Phillips. Contributors include: Carolyn Forche, Robert Hass, Daniel Hoffman, Peter Klappert, William Meredith, W.S. Merwin, Peter Streckfus, Edward Weismiller (anthology, Yale University Press)

The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling, ed. Robert Pinsky. Contributors include: Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Bogan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling A. Brown, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck, Robert Hayden, W.S. Merwin, John Murillo, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Natasha Trethewey, Joshua Weiner, Walt Whitman (anthology, W.W. Norton)

What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, ed. Martin Espada. Contributors include: Elizabeth Alexander, Naomi Ayala, Richard Blanco, Tarfia Faizullah, Carolyn Forche, Donald Hall, Juan Felipe Herrera, E. Ethelbert Miller, John Murillo, Robert Pinsky, Joseph Ross, Tim Seibles (anthology, Curbstone Press)

Literary Matters, Issue 12:1, Fall 2019, ed. Ryan Wilson. Contributors include: Ned Balbo, Ted Kooser, Jane Satterfield, Elizabeth Spires.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. Holly Smith. Recent issues include Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of the new books by Reginald Dwayne Betts, celeste doaks, Brian G. Gilmore, Michael S. Glaser, and Kathi Wolfe



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