Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Poetry News

June 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).

We try to be as complete and accurate as possible. Listing here does not constitute an endorsement, nor can we be responsible for last-minute changes and additions. Please check with sponsors to confirm the accuracy of listings.

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…to Samantha Liming, the newest intern for Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

…to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, who moves this summer from George Mason University to a new home at the University of Maryland at College Park.

…to the recipients of DC Commission on the Arts Grants for Projects, Events and Festivals (Winter Cycle), including: Regie Cabico, StoryDistrict, and Words Beats & Life.

…to Teri Ellen Cross Davis, named a finalist in Poetry for the Ohioana Library Book Awards for her book Haint.

…to winners of the Poetry Society of Virginia 2017 Awards, including: Bill Ayres, Deborah Baxter, Laura Bobrow, Henrietta Dahlstrom, Eric Forsbergh, James F. Gaines, Claudia Gary, Bill Glose, Ruth Holzer, Derek Kannemeyer, Libby Kurz, Margaret Mackinnon, Richard L. Rose, Erin Newton Wells, and Diana Woodcock.

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

…to Ned Balbo, winner of the 2018 Richard Wilbur Award. His fifth book of poems will be published by the University of Evansville Press.

…to Kim Addonizio, winner of the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize.

…to Split This Rock, whose new Board members include Sunu P. Chandy and Julie R. Enszer.

…to Julie R. Enszer, selected for Curve Magazine’s Pride List in Media and Publishing.

…to the Writer’s Center, who has brought on Elizabeth D. Cummings as Interim Executive Director, while they do a search for a new ED, and move forward with renovation plans.

…to Rose Metal Press, winner of a Best in Category award from the New England Book Design Show.

New Releases

Laura Brylawski-Miller, First, Do No Harm (Poet’s Choice)

David Ebenbach, Miss Portland (novel, Orison Books)

T’ai Freedom Ford, how to get over (Red Hen Press)

Ryan Wilson, The Stranger World (West Chester University Poetry Center)

Sarah Ann Winn, Ever After the End Matter (chapbook, Hermeneutic Chaos Press)

The Baltimore Review, Spring 2017, ed. Barbara Westwood Diehl. Contributors include: Shevaun Brannigan, Devon Miller-Duggan.

Little Patuxent Review, Summer 2017, ed. Steven Leyva. Contributors include: Linda Joy Burke, Clarinda Harriss, Hiram Larew, Michael Salcman.

Redux Literary Journal, ed. Leslie Pietrzyk. Recent issues have featured Reuben Jackson.

Washington Independent Review of Books, ed. David O. Stewart.  Recent issues have included reviews of two new books by and about Robert Lowell, a Q&A with Marita Golden, and Grace Cavalieri’s reviews of recent poetry books.