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About Poetry: The oldest, boldest, and most distinguished monthly for and about poetry in the English-speaking world.

Contact Information:

61 W. Superior St.

Chicago, Illinois  60654-5457

Phone: (312) 787-7070

Email: poetry[at]poetrymagazine[dot]org

Web: www.poetrymagazine.org

Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 6-8 weeks Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 0032-2032 Issues per year: 11 Founded: 1912 Distributors: Ingram, Ubiquity Average pages: 70 Sample copy (postpaid): $5.50 Cover Price: $3.75 Subscription (Ind): $35 Subscription (Inst): $38

Publisher’s Description: We find great work before anyone else. Since its founding in 1912, Poetry has been famous for discovering poets very early in their careers. T. S. Eliot’s first publication, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” was in our pages, as were early poems of Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Anne Sexton, Seamus Heaney, and many, many others. Discovering new voices—voices that speak to this time, this moment—remains our primary commitment today. Though we regularly present new work by the most famous poets in America, over half of all our contributions are from poets appearing in the magazine for the first time. A subscription to Poetry will give you the most important voices in American poetry before they have become established figures. You’ll discover poems before they are “literature” and will have the chance to experience them outside of any classroom or anthology. When you subscribe to Poetry, you join a select but substantial group of readers in all fifty states and in forty-five countries around the world. No other literary magazine has a more devoted or discriminating audience.

Recent issues:

April 2014: New poems by Sarah Lindsay, Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, Liane Strauss, Gina Franco, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Dorothea Lasky, Dolores Hayden, Matthew Sweeney, Sheryl Luna, Kim Addonizio, Samiya Bashir, Matthew Zapruder, Mark Bibbins, Karen An-hwei Lee, Michael Earl Craig, Najwan Darwish, and Charles Bernstein; Michael Klein on poetry at the end of the world; Rebecca Hazelton reviews new books by Daisy Fried, Carmen Gimenez-Smith, and Emilia Phillips; Christina Pugh on Emily Dickinson’s The Gorgeous Nothings, edited by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin.

March 2014: New poems by Sheila Black, Yusef Komunyakaa, Eduardo C. Corral, Natalie Diaz, Franny Choi, Gayle Danley, Joy Harjo, Maria Melendez Kelson, Dunya Mikhail, Shailja Patel, Danez Smith, Anne Waldman, Wang Ping, Myra Sklarew, Claudia Rankine, and Tim Seibles; two new essays for “The View From Here” by philosopher Slavoj Zizek and PBS Newshour correspondent Jeffrey Brown; an essay on James Baldwin’s poetry by Nikky Finney.

Our February 2014 issue opens with three previously unpublished poems by the late Larry Levis, who writes of the “small confetti on which our history is being written, / smaller & smaller, less clear every moment,” in “Twelve Thirty One Nineteen Ninety Nine.” History resurfaces in this month’s issue with A.E. Stallings’s “The Companions of Odysseus in Hades,” Julia Shipley’s “The Archaeologists,” K. Silem Mohammad’s anagram versions of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and Ocean Vuong’s “Aubade with Burning City,” on the evacuation of Vietnam.


last updated 04/07/2014