Beltway Poetry Quarterly

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Beltway Poetry Quarterly is an award-winning online literary journal and resource bank that showcases the literary community in Washington, DC and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Special issues of the journal have themes that explore the issues, places, and people most important to that community. As the only journal in the region to focus solely on DC and surrounding jurisdictions, Beltway Poetry Quarterly is able to document a literary community in depth.

Since the journal's founding in January 2000, it has showcased the richness and diversity of Washington area authors in every issue, with poets from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations represented. Beltway Poetry has included Pulitzer Prize winners and those who have never previously published. They have published academic, spoken word, and experimental authors—and also those poets whose work defies categorization.

Special issues of the journal include Literary History issues that honor the legacy of poets who once resided in Washington. Other special issues are arranged around themes that reflect aspects of life in Washington, DC: politics, famous former residents, museums and monuments, and neighborhoods.

In addition to the journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly provides information and extensive links.

The Poetry News section is updated monthly. This section lists new book publications and new issue releases by DC-area presses and journals, calls for entries, poetry readings, workshops, and other events.

The Resource Bank offers extensive links for poets and their audiences in the Mid-Atlantic. Links include reading series, literary presses, grant-making organizations, workshops, libraries, and other relevant information.

One issue of Beltway Poetry every year is guest edited by a writer who has previously been featured in the journal. Guest editors include: Elizabeth Acevedo of the Beltway Poetry Slam Team; Venus Thrash of the University of the District of Columbia; Michael Lally, co-founder of Some of Us Press; Nancy Naomi Carlson, Katherine Young, and Suzanne Zweizig of DC Area Literary Translators; Regie Cabico of LaTiDo; Myra Sklarew, professor emeritas at American University; Michael Gushue of Poetry Mutual Press and Beothuk Books; Francisco Aragón of Letras Latinas at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies; Katy Richey of the Sunday Kind of Love reading series; stevenallenmay of Plan B Press; Dan Vera of Poetry Mutual, Vrzhu Press, and Souvenir Spoon Books; Toni Asante Lightfoot of Young Chicago Authors; Maureen Thorson of Big Game Books; Teri Ellen Cross Davis of the Folger Shakespeare Library; Kwame Alexander of the Capital BookFest; Sarah Browning of Split This Rock Poetry Festival; Naomi Ayala of Hermana a Hermana/Sister to Sister; Grace Cavalieri of the national radio program, “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress”; Saundra Rose Maley of the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman; Hilary Tham of The Word Works, Inc.; Brian Gilmore of the Progressive Media Project; and Merrill Leffler of Dryad Press.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly is co-edited by Kim Roberts and Gowri Koneswaran.

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