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SRPR Editors' Prize Contest Results Announced

Emma Bolden's poem "It was no more predictable" is the winner of SRPR Editors' Prize 2014 Contest. She will be awarded $1,000, and an invitation to read at the annual SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series, to be held in Bloomington, Illinois, in April 2015. Two runners up are Jonathan Soen's poem "Fragments from a Book" and Lynne Knight's "The Gospel of Infinity." Each will be awarded $100. See below for the honorable mentions.

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Seth Abramson's Essay

Seth Abramson's essay that appeared in the issue 38.1 is available in its entirety here. The essay keeps gathering interest around poetry circle for its powerful appeal and relevancy. About the essay, SRPR's Review Essay Editor, Mike Theune, writes in our blog, "I believe Abramson’s review-essay is necessary reading for all those engaged with contemporary American poetry."

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SRPR Editors' Prize 2014 Contest Results

Winner: Emma Bolden, "It was no more predictable"

First Runner Up: Jonathan Soen, "Fragments from a Book"

Second Runner Up: Lynne Knight, "The Gospel of Infinity"

Honorable Mention: Emma Bolden, "My little apparition, my little ghost"

Honorable Mention: Kathryn A Hindenlang, "This is the Nature"

Honorable Mention: Tori Grant Welhouse, "mor/bid"

Honorable Mention: Carine Topal, "Bone Jar: The Oven {An Elegy}"

Honorable Mention, Lynne Knight, "Sex"

Issue 39.1 is Here!

SRPR 39.1—hot off the press! Thank you, Guest Editors Ryan Clark and Francesco Levato, for a fabulous issue, including cover art by the talented paper / book / installation artist, Melissa Jay Craig; new poems by Clayton Eshleman, Philip Kolin, Kathleen Kirk, Andrew Schelling, John Goodhue, among others; work by SRPR Featured Poet, Rachel Jamison Webster; an extended interview with Rachel by Joanne Diaz, SRPR Featured Poet & Interview Editor; and Chris Dombrowsky’s narrative-style review essay on The Ecopoetry Anthology (Editors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Editors Joshua Corey, SRPR 37.1 Featured Poet, and G. C. Waldrep).

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For nearly 40 years, SRPR has published the best of a wide range of contemporary poems in English and in translation. While you'll find many well-established poets in SRPR, we are always on the lookout for strong emerging writers, and delight in being the first to publish vibrant new voices. Each biannual issue of SRPR publishes dozens of new poems by contemporary poets from around the world; 10-12 pages of poetry by a featured poet with an Illinois connection; an in-depth interview with our featured poet; and a substantial, critically-informed review essay on new books of contemporary poetry.

Have fun browsing our website, where you can read selected poems from current and past issues as well as excerpts from SRPR Interviews and SRPR Review Essays. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and be sure to visit us on Facebook for SRPR news, event listings, and more. On our blog you'll find discussions on SRPR's poetics (that we call poetics of emplacement) forwarded by a diverse range of poets, scholars and/or critics. Also, on the blog you will find photos and audio recordings from the 2013 inaugural Lucia Getsi Reading Series.

Our regular reading period is between 9/15 and 2/15 annually; you can read about our guidelines here. And don't forget to check back in August, when we'll announce the winners of our Editors' Prize Contest!