Poetry Quarterly is published 4 times a year. Our spring edition is usually lighter. Each edition is edited by our primary editor, and he/she may be assisted by a guest editor and/or ghost editors.
Our website serves as a companion to our print journal. Inclusion in Poetry Quarterly is very competitive. We can only accept a small percentage of the poems submitted.
Submissions are now open. We rarely close submissions but we do occasionally. There is no predetermined schedule.
The Rebecca Lard Award is extended through November. Click “contests” to submit.
Summer 2013 with a special feature by poet Sharon Rothenfluch Cooper. Cooper is an excellent poet with a strong voice. That happens when you have been writing for decades, when you are late in life, when you are seasoned well and have so much to say. Cooper’s poems in this issue were inspired by years of caring for her husband who died this year (2013). He was the man who was loved by Sharon, the man who was cared for in ways that only those who have a spouse with dementia can understand. A deep meaning and soulful emotion lingers in these poems. Each is a ringing bell, captured before the resonance fades, a ringing that permeates our bodies, transcends the space between the poet and reader, something that allows PQ readers to touch Cooper, to love and care for her from countries all over the world.
Congratulations to these poets for their publications in PQ this summer: (2013)
Barbara Joan Tiger Bass
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
Katie Darby Mullins
A new issue of Poetry Quarterly is now available. Read all about this issue below. This issue is available online by visiting: https://www.createspace.com/4410035 (Remember we always include a CreateSpace link for the authors and the title will also be available on Amazon.com in a few days if you prefer to post that link on your blogs etc.) This issue includes a beautiful contribution by Shann Ray, our 2012 Rebecca Lard Award winner. Ray’s poem, The Hunter’s Son, is the first in a series of poems by this author entitled “East of the Bear’s Paw Mountains, North of Milk River.”
Also in this issue, a Special Feature by Douglas Cole. Douglas Cole’s work has appeared in Red Rock Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He has work available online in The Adirondack Review, Salt River Review, and Avatar Review, among others, and has recorded a story for Bound Off. His novella, The Ghost, was published as a chapbook in the Overtime series of Workers Write Journal. He is a recipient of the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry for a selection called, “The Open Ward,” as well as a Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House and First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” poetry contest by Tattoo Highway. He lives in Seattle, Washington and teaches writing and literature at Seattle Central College, where he is also the advisor for the literary journal, Corridors.
Other poets with poems in this issue include:
Akiva Jeffrey Savett
L. Elizabeth Powers
Congratulations to all the emerging and established poets in this issue.
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We have opened submissions to the Rebecca Lard award contest for 2013. Click on “contests” to participate. This year we only accept PayPal payments for the reading fee. Doing so helps us maintain the integrity of the process by validating IDs. We still accept entries online and by mail.
The newest issue is available online and in paperback. See the “issues” page. We will email all the poets with token payment details. Congratulations to the poets!
Bethany Tyler Lee
Dolores Castro (translated by Toshiya Kamei)
Livia Emerson Leigh
Lorena Parker Matejowsky
Mary Alice Young
Mary Kovaleski Byrnes
Pearl Ketover Prilik
and Shann Ray (The Rebecca Lard Award Winner)
Imagine how happy I was to be asked to review a new book released by the winner of last year’s Rebecca Lard award. I recognized the beauty of her poems instantly, and I was delighted to hear our judge picked her poem, The Season Begins in a Waiting Room, from the hundreds of submissions we received.
I’m talking about Susan Davis, of course, and the book I am reviewing is, “I Was Building Up To Something” (Moon Tide Press).
This collection of poetry is filled with fully-matured wisdom and spirituality. The deep-reaching voice seems to call to readers, providing an unexpected connection with the work. It feels deeply personal, even familiar, as though these poems have been lost somehow, and are being rediscovered all over again. The clarity and vision of the collection as a whole is bursting with the icons of family and culture. When reading these works, an extension of Davis bleeds into the words, filling the reader with tenderness and longing, including reverent moments that only the ache of violence or the tender closeness of family can evoke. “I Was Building Up To Something” is a collection readers will return to again and again. One of the best books I have read in years.
Editor, Poetry Quarterly