Founded in 1974, the Berkeley Poetry Review (BPR) is a journal published annually at the University of California, Berkeley. While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are especially interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, queerness, and disability; the more ambitious the project, the more welcome! We actively seek writing from underrepresented voices and strive to publish writers who are conscious of their role in contemporary sociopolitical dialogue. Experiment with language, deconstruct traditional form—structurally adventurous works are very well-received!
We are proud to have published many new as well as established writers and poets, including Yusef Komunyakaa, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, Robert Hass, Czesław Miłosz, Ishmael Reed, and Elizabeth Robinson. In addition to poetry, BPR publishes essays, translations, poetry book reviews, interviews, and artwork.
“Reading the Berkeley Poetry Review gave me one of those “grass is always greener” moments. It made me jealous that my town doesn’t have a journal like this, dedicated to highlighting local talent and the local scene.” - Sarah Carson, for NewPages