Publisher’s Description: For over sixty-five 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 NewPages.com, 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."