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SRPR Editors' Prize 2017 Contest Results Announced

Winner - Kelly Michels, “Elegy for the Poppy”
First Runner-Up - Greg Emilio, "For Whenever You Eat This"
Second Runner-Up - Erika Goodrich, "Proof of Disappearing"
Honorable Mentions - John Sibley Williams,"Othering" | Stephanie Kartalopolous, “Dispatches from a Land” | Marcia Loughran, “Vespers” | Kelly Michels, “Communion with an Olive” | Greg Emilio, “Bethesda”

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Issue 42.2 is Here!

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The 2017 Winter Issue of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) has been released. Thank you, Guest Poetry Editor Steve Halle, for compiling another politically bold issue that speaks directly to the current political climate in the United States. In the issue 42.2, you will find:

• Cover art by Lauren Levato Coyne

• New poems by Laura Van Prooyen, The SRPR Illinois Poet, plus an interview with Joanne Diaz, SRPR Feature Poet & Interview Editor

• The winning poem of 2017 Editors' Prize contest by Kelly Michels, the first runner-up poem by Greg Emilio, the second runner-up poem by Erika Goodrich, and honorable mentions

•Poems by Andrea Cohen, Sarah Gzemski, Lauren Michelle Jackson, Mayra Oyuela, Christopher Warner, and Sally Yazwinski, among many others

• The SRPR Review Essay by Jennifer Rane Hancock, who reviews the works of poetry by Angela Hume (middle time), Meghan Privitello (Notes on the End of the World), and Sam Witt (Little Domesday Clock)

Be sure to check out the SRPR blog, curated by SRPR Blog Editor, Shailen Mishra. "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (SRPR_News) today! Table of Contents of the latest issue.


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 our 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!