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SRPR Editors' Prize Contest 2015

Spoon River Poetry Review is pleased to announce the opening of our annual Editors' Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Further guidelines available at the contest page.

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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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Issue 39.2 is Here!


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The Winter 2014 issue of SRPR is here! Thank you, Guest-Editor Summer Qabazard, for a fabulous issue! One of SRPR's most dynamic issues to date, 39.2 includes cover art by the talented paper, book, and installation artist, Melissa Jay Craig; new poems by Emma Bolden (Winner, 2014 SRPR Editors' Prize Contest), J. Wertheim-Soen, L. Knight, Ching-In Chen, Alec Finlay, R. Trousdale, M. Joyce, F. Harris, among many others; new work by SRPR Featured Poet, Jacob Saenz; an extended interview with Jacob by Joanne Diaz (Feature Poet & SRPR Interview Editor); and Robert Archambeau's whip-smart review essay of Dogwatch (R.S. Gwynn, Measure Press, 2014), The Second Sex (Michael Robbins, Penguin, 2014), Imperial Bender (Amanda Smeltz, Typecast, 2013), and New Poems (Ben Mazer, Pen & Anvil, 2013). Table of Contents.

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!