We couldn't have launched without our our hard-working crew. Many thanks to our Department Editors: Tasha Cotter, Millicent Borges Accardi and Leslie Nielsen. Special thanks to our Contributing Editors: Brian Fanelli, Dawn Leas, Arthur McMaster, Brian Russell and Elizabeth Kate Switaj. Everyone worked tirelessly to get this first issue up and running and I so appreciate each and every one of you!
I would also like to give a special thank you to guest contributors: Grace Curtis, Mary Jane Lupton, Anne E. Michael, Sarah Wells, Shara Lessley, and Kathi Stafford. We were so happy to have you all be a part of our relaunch issue!
Of course none of this would have even been remotely possible without our publisher and mentor Lori A. May. We send out hugs and kisses and love to her and hope we have made her proud by relaunching her baby.
Here's what you can look forward to in this issue:
Reviews of the following poetry collections:
The Pattern Maker’s Daughter
by Sandee Gertz Umbach
by Kathryn Mockler
The Art of the Sonnet
Edited by Stephen Burt and David Mikics
by Jean Bleakney
The Outskirts of Karma
by Alfred Encarnacion
We also have these lovely interviews:
Professor. Poet. Fighter. Portuguese-American:
an Interview with Carlos Matos
Turns Out We’re Doomed:
A conversation with Glenn Shaheen
An interview with Laurie Ann Guerrero
There and Back:
An Interview with Traci Brimhall & Shara Lessley
And finally, PQ has added a new feature which will include nonfiction and essays. Look for essays on our blog in between our quarterly issues. We thought we'd give you a sample of what to expect and have included the following essays for our July issue:
The Inexplicable Math of Good Poetry
by Grace Curtis
From Motown to Mos Def: The Musical Influences of Patricia Smith, Major Jackson, and Kevin Coval
By PQ Contributing Editor Brian Fanelli
Grounded: Engaging the Spiritual in Poetry
by Sarah Wells for Poets' Quarterly
Thank you to all of our followers who have expressed such excitement for our return. We hope you like our relaunch issue! Please don't forget to like and share the link to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PoetsQuarterly.