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Beloit Poetry Journal

About Beloit Poetry Journal: For over 60 years, the Beloit Poetry Journal has been distinguished for the extraordinary range of its poetry and its discovery of strong new poets.

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 151

Farmington, ME  04938

Phone: (207) 778-0020



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes Reading period: year-round Response time: 1 week-4 months Payment: copies Contests: no (see website for Chad Walsh Prize) ISSN: 0005-8661 Founded: 1950 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Media Solutions, Ubiquity Average pages: 48 Sample copy (postpaid): $5 Copy Price: $5 Subscription (Individuals): $18 Subscription (Libraries): $23

Publisher’s Description: For over sixty years of continuous publication, the Beloit Poetry Journal has published poetry that matters. We have been distinguished for the extraordinary range of our poetry and our discovery of strong new poets. Among those whose first or very early publication was in the BPJ are Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Philip Levine, Charles Bukowski, Susan Stewart, Susan Tichy, and Sherman Alexie. More recently, work by Bei Dao, Lucille Clifton, Albert Goldbarth, and Sonya Sanchez has graced our pages alongside that of younger poets such as Michael Broek, Jessica Goodfellow, Garth Greenwell, Jenny Johnson, and Mary Molinary. We make the final selections for each issue by reading poems aloud to hear the music they make. A poem must speak for itself to make it into the BPJ.

Jeannine Hall Galey, writing for, says of us: “The Beloit Poetry Journal is one of the journals that poetry junkies in the know call a must-read because of the consistent quality of the poetry they publish . . . and the terrific reviews. There can be no ‘ho-hum’ response to this journal. . . . I thrill to the emotional zing and wit of every single poem."

Recent issues:

Among the treats in the Summer 2014 issue are a long poem by Michael Broek, new work by Jessica Jacobs, Peter Leight, Laura McCullough, and Liz Robbins, and Randi Ward's translations of the Faroese poet Tóroddur Poulsen. Ward's photographs from the Faroese whale hunt provide the cover images.

In the BPJ’s spring 2014 issue: poems by Alexander Booth, Temple Cone, John F. Deane, Gray Fincke, Allison Funk, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Kevin Heaton, Nate Marshall, Karen McPherson, Leeya Mehta, M. P. Ritger, Jamie Ross, and more. John Rosenwald reviews new books by Nicelle Davis, Brian Komei Dempster, and TJ Jarrett.

Fables by Michael Bazzett, Carol Ann Davis’s sequence on the sculptor Eva Hesse, and Nicelle Davis’s concrete poem that “walk[s] you through a haircut” are among the work featured in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of the BPJ. In “Poems in Conversation,” Lee Sharkey reviews recent volumes by David Ferry and Hadara Bar-Nadav.


last updated 5/22/2014