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Poetry Quarterly showcases the finest poetry from around the world! Our fall issue features fine poetry by Buffy Aakaash, Brett Abrahamsen, Zach Agnew, Edward Ahern, Duane Anderson, Pat Anthony, KB Ballentine, Lori Bellamy, James Bethel, Shelly Blankman, Sarah Cannavo, Karen Carter, Leslie Clark, Alan Cohen, Suzanne Cottrell, Julie A. Dickson, Richard Dove, Kirk Eckstine, Lynette Esposito, Joseph Estevez, Helen Falandes, Arvilla Fee, Thomas Festa, Francis Flavin, Amy Gordon, Gail Greenwood, Sharlene Guth, Olivia Hajioff, Tiffany Renee Harmon, Shasta Hatter, Prerana Jayakumar, Alvin Johnson, Emory D. Jones, Ken Jones, Kelci Jones, Lianne Kamp, Peter J. King, William Kofoed, Melissa Laussmann, Bruce Levine, Michael Lewis-Beck, LindaAnn LoSchiavo, Lennart Lundh, Dennis Maulsby, Philip McDonald, Sydney McQuoid, Bill Melton, Caroline Misner, Jennifer Montgomery, Robert Moreland, James B. Nicola, Allison Paoli, Joseph S. Pete, Maryalicia Post, Susmita Ramani, Dean Robbins, Laura Rodley, Roberto Sabas, Carol Saffioti-Hughes, David Anthony Sam, Fran Schumer, Carla Schwartz, Claire Scott, Nolo Segundo, Wesley Sims, Margaret Tau, Melinda Thomsen, DJ Tyrer, JR Vork, Debbie Walker-Lass, Nells Wasilewski, Virginia Watts, Sara Wenger, Patrice Wilson, Chris Wood, Mantz Yorke, and Gina Zaragoza.
We have selected our 2020 Rebecca Lard Award Winner!
Francis Flavin is a poet and writer who draws upon his experience as an educator, hockey player, fish and game field worker, public interest lawyer, governmental investigator, and adventurer on four continents. He has been a successful advocate for civil and indigenous rights.
Flavin’s poetry has been published in Poetry Quarterly, Blueline, Pacific Review, Blue Collar Review, La Piccioletta Barca, WestWard Quarterly, Poets Choice, and on the websites of the Society of Classical Poets and the Adirondack Center for Writing. He has received awards in humor and flash fiction in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, Summer Poetry Contest of Wingless Dreamer, and social impact in the Chicagoland Poetry Contest.
A graduate of the University of Alaska and Colorado Law School, Flavin’s legal, educational and writing careers have focused on the rights of people in poverty and racial and ethnic minorities, particularly indigenous peoples. He has extensive experience working with Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Athabascan, Dena’ina, Alutiiq, Tlingit and Haida peoples in Alaska, and Paiute and Shoshone people in Nevada. Flavin’s work with Alaska Natives in the Kenai Peninsula and Bristol Bay areas of Alaska led to his interest in early Russian immigration that formed the premise of The Muse in a Time of Madness.
Our 2019 Rebecca Lard Award Winner!
Arvilla Fee has been writing poems and short stories since she learned how to write in first grade. Encouraged by many of her teachers, Arvilla went on to make a career in teaching English. She taught both middle school and high school students for over seven years, and she has spent the last 10 years teaching college English and writing composition.
Arvilla is from Indiana and currently lives in Dayton, Ohio but, thanks to her husband’s Air Force career, she has also lived in Utah, Virginia, and Alabama. She, her husband and children have also been blessed to travel to many different countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, and Japan. All of these cultures and life experiences have provided a wealth of inspiration and have allowed Arvilla to be even more creative with her writing.
Arvilla hopes to continue both her teaching and writing career for many years to come and to never lose her love and passion for the power of words. To Arvilla, poetry is “giving people the ability to connect with poetic language in such a way that they can say: ‘she gets me; she knows how I feel.’”
Rebecca Lard Award Winner 2018, David Anthony Sam!
David Anthony Sam was born and spent his childhood in McKeesport PA, a coal and steel suburb of Pittsburgh. His home at the end of 36th Street abutted a woods, and the games he played on that street and the time he spent in those woods all influenced his poetry as well as his sense of the holistic ecology of all things. His neighborhood was filled with immigrants and children of immigrants, and his grandparents themselves came from Poland and Syria.
Five of his collections are in print: Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014), Dark Land, White Light (1974, 2014), Early in the Day (2015) , Finite to Fail: Poems After Dickinson (2017) and Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018).
His poems have appeared in over 80 journals and he was the featured writer in Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry (2017) and The Hurricane Review (Spring 2016) which included 36 of his poems. Sam’s collection, A Night over Bones, received Honorable Mention in the 2016 Homebound Poetry Contest. Sam’s collection Finite to Fail: Poems After Dickinson was awarded grand prize in the 2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest (2017).
*Rebecca Lard Award Winner 2017, Suzanne Cottrell!
Suzanne Cottrell, a member of the NC Poetry Society and NC Writers’ Network, lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in Granville County, NC. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, and Pilates. She loves nature and its sensory stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash fiction. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including North Carolina’s Best Emerging Poets, Poetry Quarterly, Tanka Journal, The Avocet, The Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Burningword Literary Journal, and Naturewriting.
*Honorable mentions include Deborah L. Davitt and Lianne Kamp.
Our Poetic Mission
We pledge to only publish what we find most worthy. We never charge poets anything to be published, and we never demean the integrity of the form by including advertisements in our products or on our website.
We publish beautiful issues in paperback, and e-issues for our subscribers online. We reward our poets with a free online subscription and small cash payments. We reward our readers by being highly selective and passionate about everything we print.
Guest editors are accepted periodically. Our guest editors oversee the selections of a single issue, and are responsible for soliciting a portion of the poems.
The Rebecca Lard Award is occasionally picked by a guest judge. Judging is typically performed by our editor.
PQ Award Winners
Francis Flavin*** 2020
Arvilla Fee (Runner Up 2020)
Arvilla Fee*** 2019
David Anthony Sam*** 2018
Suzanne Cottrell*** 2017
Deborah L. Davitt
Patricia Rossi*** 2016
Scott Ruescher*** 2015
Jackie Maugh Robinson*** 2014
Joan Siegel*** 2013
Shann Ray*** 2012
Nancy Kassell*** 2011
Mary Elizabeth Parker
Susan Davis *** 2010
Anthony De Gregorio
*** Rebecca Lard Award Winner
2016 Rebecca Lard Award Winner:
Patricia Rossi has received two pushcart prize nominations for her poetry in 2015 and 2016, and has written and presented academic papers at major university conferences. One of her articles was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Cambridge Scholars academic publication, The 1930’s: The Reality and the Promise. Another of Patricia’s academic papers was featured in New York Magazine.
Rossi is the proud recipient of numerous NYS individual artist grants. Her funded proposals have included the creation and implementation of art appreciation and creative writing classes specifically for children and adults residing in under-served communities on Long Island, as well as writing workshops exclusively for women. Her writing workshops also extend to cancer survivors, as a therapeutic means of healing as well as grief therapy for parents who have lost a child. She volunteers weekly at Literacy Nassau, where she serves as a writing club instructor for developmentally disabled adults. She also mentors a writing program for patients at a NYC hospital.
Ruescher is the winner of the Erika Mumford Prize from the New England Poetry Club, in both 2013 and 2014, for poetry about travel and international culture. He administrates the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and teaches English part-time in the Boston University Prison Education Program.
2015 Rebecca Lard Award Winner: Scott Ruescher!
“It is my privilege to oversee the family of Prolific Press journals, and to work with all the great poets at Poetry Quarterly. I will strive to find the best poems from anywhere in the world, regardless of the poet’s gender, religion, political viewpoints, or popularity. Poetry is for everyone, and I recognize that it’s my responsibility to put the readers first, followed closely by our writers, and then our staff. I pledge to work hard each and every day to be worthy of the trust so many put in my decisions. I’m deeply humbled and thankful to everyone at all levels.”