Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

July/August 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 Tracy K. Smith, newly appointed as the next U.S. Poet Laureate.

…to recipients of the 2017 Maryland State Arts Council grants in poetry, including: Abdul Ali, Karen Leona Anderson, Kendra Kopelke, Greg McBride, Lalita Noronha, Shelley Puhak, David Salner, and Pamela Murray WInters.

…to Cornelius Eady, who has joined the MFA at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton.

…to Gregory Pardlo, the new poetry editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review.

…to Joanne V. Gabbin, winner of the 2017 Circle of Excellence in the Arts award from James Madison University.

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

…to Ayad Akhtar, winner of an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the Academy of American Poets.

…to Kim Roberts of Washington, DC, awarded a writer’s residency at the Luna Parc Foundation in NJ.

…to Dan Vera of Washington, DC, recipient of a Jane Geuting Camp Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

…to Jessie Janeshek of Bethany, WV, recipient of a writer’s residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in NE.

…to Julie R. Enszer, editor of The Collected Works of Pat Parker, co-winner of a Lammy Award for Best Lesbian Poetry.

…to Mary B. Moore, winner of the 2016 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize.

…to Nancy Naomi Carlson, whose translations of René Char, Hammer With No Master, was a finalist for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award.

…to Zehra Nabi, winner of the Very Short Fiction Award from Glimmer Train Press.

…to Rachael Peckham, winner of the 2016 “½ K” Prize from Indiana Review.

…to Elisabeth Murawski, winner of the 2nd place prize in the Blue Mesa Review poetry contest.

…to Annapolis and Rockville, MD and Abingdon, VA, selected as Big Read locations for 2017-2018 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In Memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we heard of the death of Eli Flam, former editor of the Potomac Review (and poet and novelist), at age 83 last May. Our condolences to his friends and family.

New Releases

Dorritt Carroll, Sorry You Are Not an Instant Winner (chapbook, Kattywompus Press)

Henry Crawford, American Software (CW Books)

Jehanne Dubrow, Dots & Dashes (Southern Illinois University Press)

Meg Eden, Post High School Reality Quest (young adult novel, Rare Bird Books)

Camisha Jones, Flare (chapbook, Finishing Line Press)

Jacqueline Jules, Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva (children’s literature, Kar-Ben Books)

Charles Simic, Scribbled in the Dark (Harper Collins)

Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Charles Frazier Edition, Volume IX, ed. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt. Contributors include: Mark DeFoe, Kathleen Furbee, Marc Harshman, Sonja James, Luther Kirk, Llewellyn McKernan, Jessica Salfia, Tracy Seffers, Jack Trammell, Randi Ward. (anthology, Shepherd University Press)

The Whiskey of our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, ed. Quraysh Ali Lasana and Georgia A. Popoff. Contributors include: Haki Madhubuti, Nagueyalti Warren. (nonfiction anthology, Haymarket Books)

American Life in Poetry, ed. Ted Kooser. Recent issues have included Judith Harris.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, ed. Margaret Corum, Gowri Koneswaran, and Kim Roberts. Vol. 18:3, Summer 2017. Portfolio Issue; contributors include: Dan Brady, Yoonmee Chang, Lawrence Minh Bui Davis, Tafisha Edwards, Camisha L. Jones, Tanya Paperny, and Francisco-Luis White.

Broadkill Review, ed. Jamie Brown, July/August 2017. Contributors include: Susanne Bostick Allen, Grace Cavalieri, Steven Leech, W.M. Rivera.

A Splendid Wake-Up, blog of the Splendid Wake wiki, Summer Solstice Poetry Pop-Up, featuring poems by Karren LaLonde Alenier, Jacqueline Jules, Myra Sklarew, and others.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of recent poetry books by Nin Andrews, Diana Smith Bolton and Charles Simic.