29 June 2012

Welcome To The July Relaunch of Poets' Quarterly!

We are so happy to be back online with a revamped look and full editorial crew. Poets’ Quarterly publishes in-depth reviews of poetry books and chapbooks, recognizing new works from both emerging and established poets. The interview series aims to showcase the overall scope of work poets contribute to their society.  We have also added a new dimension with our relaunch, a section for nonfiction and essays that further explore poetry. Through these avenues, Poets’ Quarterly aims to emphasize the importance of poetic contributions to the literary community – and the community-at-large – and to recognize both the diversities and commonalities expressed through this art form.

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

Onion Man 
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

The Journey:
 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.  

Joan Hanna
Managing Editor
Poets' Quarterly

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