Beltway Poetry Quarterly is an award-winning online literary journal and resource bank that now showcases poetry from all over the world. It also features translations and reviews. During the first 20 years of its existence, it featured poetry from the literary community in Washington, DC and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Under new leadership, the journal will always look fondly on the poetry of Washington DC and the surrounding region. But its focus is now unabashedly global.
Since our founding in January 2000, we have showcased the richness and diversity of the Washington Beltway area with poets from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations represented. We have included Pulitzer Prize winners and those who have never previously published. We have published academic, spoken word, and experimental authors—and also those poets whose work defies categorization. In recent issues such as Art in Times of Crises Volume 1 and Volume II we have taken off from Washington to include poets from far-flung points of the globe. We will continue to do so but always remembering our Washington roots.
The editors–Indran Amirthanayagam, Editor, and Sara Cahill Marron, Associate Editor– curate four issues a year. On occasion, they will invite guest editors to prepare special issues.
Beltway Poetry Reading in 2010 at the City Museum. Poets from l. to r., front row: Joseph Ross, stevenallenmay, Mary Ann Larkin, Sunil Freeman. Middle row: Carleasa Coates, Deirdre Gantt, Kim Roberts. Back row: Donna Denize, Dan Vera, Saundra Rose Maley.
Repeating special issues have included literary history issues (honoring the legacy of poets who once resided in DC) and our popular First Books issues. Other special issues are arranged around themes that reflect aspects of life in Washington, DC: politics, famous former residents, museums and monuments, and neighborhoods. We have also had issues devoted to traditional forms (including the Sonnet Issue and the Prose Poem Issue). And we have featured special issues in 2020 on Conserving Home and Art in Times of Crises.
In addition to the journal, we are pleased to provide information and extensive links.
The Poetry News section is updated regularly. This section lists new book publications and new issue releases, calls for entries, poetry readings, workshops, and other events. News is also updated on the Beltway Poetry Journal Facebook page.
The Resource Bank offers extensive links for poets and their audiences in the Mid-Atlantic. Links include reading series, literary presses, grant-making organizations, workshops, libraries, and other relevant information. Our only non-regional listing is the massive international list of Artist Residency Programs, and we believe ours in the most complete listing of this kind to be found anywhere in the world. With programs across the US and in other countries, these links can help artists of all disciplines find a place away from home to create new work.