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Poet Lore

About Poet Lore: Poet Lore publishes two 160-page issues each year, featuring a wide array of contemporary poets as well as essays on poetry and book reviews.

Contact Information:

The Writer's Center

4508 Walsh Street

Bethesda, MD  20815

Phone: (301) 654-8664

Email: genevieve.deleon@writer.org

Web: www.poetlore.com

Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: within 3 months Payment: copies Contests: no ISSN: 0032-1966 Founded: 1889 Issues per year: 2 Copy Price: $9 Subscription (Ind) 2 years: $25 Subscription (Inst): $26.60

Publisher’s Description: Established in 1889, Poet Lore is the oldest continuously published poetry journal in the United States. Its founding editors, Helen A. Clarke and Charlotte Porter, set out to explore “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature,” presenting in translation the original work of such luminaries as Tagore, Verlaine, Rilke, D'Annunzio, and Mistral as well as a wide array of English-language poets. In the past four decades, Poet Lore is proud to have published the earliest poems of such now-famous writers as Carolyn Forche, D. Nurkse, David Baker, Carl Phillips, Terrance Hayes, Kim Addonizio, and Dana Gioia. Each issue offers the work of some 60 distinctly gifted poets, as well as an essay on poetry and thoughtful reviews of significant new poetry books. Mindful of literary tradition and open to discovery, the editors of Poet Lore (Jody Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller) look for poems that arrest the reader's attention and hold it—poems that demonstrate both craftsmanship and daring.

Poet Lore has set the standard for poetry magazines in this country since 1889. There is none better. It is an honor to have appeared in its pages.” –Pablo Medina

Recent issues:

Poet Lore’s special 125th Anniversary issue (Fall/Winter 2014) opens with a chorus of poems on race—from reportage to meditations on labor, marriage, and folklore—and includes work by emerging and established poets (Marge Piercy, Alice Notley, Terrance Hayes, Cornelius Eady, Leslie Ullman, Joseph Zaccardi, Traci Brimhall, Linda Pastan, Fred Shaw, and Franke Varca among them). The prose section, a collection of historic and personal perspectives on Poet Lore, presents an essay by scholar Melissa Girard, who describes Poet Lore’s editors’ prescient treatment of the work of 19th-century African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (pictured on the cover).

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Poet Lore opens with work by revered exile poet U Tin Moe of Myanmar in translation by Christopher Merrill. You’ll also find three sequence poems by Martha Collins, Sherod Santos, and Christopher Presfield, along with work by many others. Finally, in our prose section, Alexandria Sheng interviews poet Xue Di, Dara Barnat presents an essay on Muriel Rukeyser, and our reviewers take on Thomas Lux's Child Made of Sand, Dore Kiesselbach’s Salt Pier, Laura Read’s Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, and David Keplinger’s The Most Natural Thing.

The Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Poet Lore leads with an introduction by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to a portfolio of Tarfia Faizullah’s work. It features poems by John Balaban, Lucinda Roy, R.T. Smith, Mary Crow, and many others. Among our “Essays and Reviews,” you’ll find Jaydn DeWald’s essay on poetic constraints and reviews of Fady Joudah’s Alight, Norma Farber’s Year of Reversible Loss, and Merrill Leffler’s Mark the Music.


last updated 9/15/2014