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SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series

We announce the second annual reading event in the SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series, which will take place on Thursday, April 10th, 7 PM. This event will be held at the historic Ewing Manor in Bloomington and will feature poetry readings by Jesse Nissim, the 2013 SRPR Editors' Prize winner, as well as Jason Bredle, Monica Hand, and Jacob Saenz. The reading will be followed by a reception with free wine and appetizers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event or accommodations, contact SRPR at contact@srpr.org or editors@srpr.org. Spread the word, and bring a friend!

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SRPR Editors' Prize Contest

SRPR Editors' Prize 2014 Contest is now open! We accept both online and paper submissions. One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners-up will be awarded $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Entry Fee: $20. Deadline: April 15, 2014. Check the contest page for more info.

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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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!


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38.2 Winter 2013


Our current issue showcases new works by SRPR Featured Poet Jason Bredle, followed by the the SRPR Interview. In the SRPR Review Essay, Katy Didden discusses books by David Wojahn, Forrest Gander, and Sarah Foxdiscusses new books by Anthony Madrid, Chelsey Minnis, and Matt Hart.

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