ABOUT Beltway Poetry Quarterly
for Beltway Poetry Quarterly has come from the
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Humanities
Council of Washington, DC. Additional support has been generously
provided by the American Poetry Museum, DC
Film Alliance, Letras Latinos, Poetry
Mutual, Split This Rock, and The Word
also indebted to the following individual donors: Andrea
Tom Drescher, Nereide
Gann, Judy Thibalt Klevins, Richard McCann,
G. Murray, Carol Heller Nation, Gwen Rubinstein,
Tonda Rush, Myra
like to provide monetary support for the continued publication of Beltway
Poetry, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations made through our fiscal sponsor are tax deductible.
Acknowledgments to publishers who graciously
provided permissions to reprint some of the poems on Beltway
Poetry can be found in the Credits.
In 2011, 2010 and 2009,
Beltway Poetry Quarterly editor Kim
Roberts was a finalist in the DC
Mayor's Arts Awards, in the category of Service to the Arts.
In 2010, Kim
Roberts won the inaugural Washington On-Line Award for
Beltway Poetry Quarterly and "her valuable
contribution to the Washington DC Arts Community."
Thorson's poem, "Superman Would Like to Come Down
Now," was a finalist in the Best
of the Net Awards.
In 2007, Barbara
Goldberg's poem "Kingdom of Speculation" won
a Best of the
Net award and Naomi
Ayala's poem, "Restaurante Santa Rosa" was a
What They Say About Us in the Press
Page covers the journal's history, critical reviews, and themes.
The Washington Post's
Going Out Guide recommends Beltway Poetry, "now one of the
longest-standing literary publications in the area," in "Literary
Washington: Where to get your fix when the book festival ends,"
September 20, 2012.
The Hill Rag
highlighted the Poets in Federal Government Issue in the August 2012
issue. In her column "The Literary Hill," Karen Lyon quotes from
poems by Patricia Gray, Carol J. Jennings, Pamela Murray Winters, and A.B. Spellman.
Ploughshares Literary Magazine's ongoing series on "Literary Boroughs" featured Washington, DC in August 2012. Beltway Poetry was listed in the "Where to get published" section.
The March 2012 issue of Where
Washington, the hotel guidebook for travelers to the area,
calls Beltway Poetry a "virtual salon" that proves
that "poetic language matters here too" in the US
Works, the blog of the National Endowment of the Arts, interviewed
editor Kim Roberts on January 31, 2012. She
talks about how editing informs her own poetry, and the importance of
place in literature, as well as describing Beltway Poetry Quarterly
and the web exhibit DC Writers' Homes.
reviewed the anthology Full Moon on K Street in September 2011.
Editor Bernadette Geyer says, "The diversity of poets represented
in this anthology is matched by the diversity of the subject matter."
She prints excerpts of poems by Myra Sklarew
and E. Ethelbert Miller.
The New York Times blog "Diner's
Journal" recommended a poem on food vendors who dissappeared
after 9/11, "The Old Neighborhood," by Andrea
Carter Brown, in a posting in September 2011. This poem appeared
in Beltway Poetry's tenth anniversary issue.
Pace reviewed our tenth anniversary anthology, Full Moon
on K Street, in 2011, praising how "the poems encapsulate
the 20th century in remarkable ways...you can read the changing aesthetics
of various decades as well as the changing cultural make up of the city."
The review was republished in the July 2011 issue of Gently
in April 2011 featured "Grace Notes: Grace
Cavalieri Interviews Three Women Editors," with a section on
Beltway Poetry editor Kim
DC Examiner published an article about the Beltway
Poetry Panel at the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington,
DC. Joshua Gray writes that "pairing four contemporary poets with
four historical ones" is an "intriguing topic" that captures
"a passion for the history of DC poets." Published January
This Rock posted a Holiday Gift List on December 2, 2010. Full
Moon on K Street was recommended in the anthologies section, with
the note: "These poems tell stories of change, beauty, decay, and
hope as they trace the last 50 years of poems about our national capital.
Anyone who loves Washington, DC—or loves poems of place—will
love this book."
Magazine's December 2010 issue includes Kathi
Wolfe's "10 Things to Do Before You Die or During the Holidays."
Topping the list of recommended reading is Full Moon on K Street,
which she calls "an engaging collection of poetry suberbly edited."
interviewed editor Kim Roberts in July 2010.
Read Literature published a review of Full Moon on K Street
by Mike Maggio on July 1, 2010, that calls
the anthology "vital" and "a unique glimpse into the
heart and soul of the Capitol City through the eyes of long-time residents
who have experienced first hand its life and history." He concludes:
" This book is a great read and a treasure well worth preserving
for future generations."
Pages published a review of Full Moon on K Street
by Kimberly L. Becker on June 1, 2010, calling
the book "a resplendent bouquet accompanying editor Kim
Roberts’s 'love letter' to the City." She quotes excerpts
from poems by Essex Hemphill, Joel Dias-Porter,
and Tina Darragh, and singles out poems by Minnie Bruce Pratt and Ramola
D as "showstoppers."
Baltimore City Paper published "Beltways and Memes"
by Geoffrey Himes on May 12, 2010. Himes writes, "It's a challenge
to turn something as amorphous as a city into poetry—especially
a city dominated by bureaucrats, curators, and lobbyists. But the poets
in Full Moon appear determined to prove, as [Michael] Lally
puts it in his poem 'DC,' that Washington 'doesn't have to be a museum
in the pits! Spies! Ritual catalogue of dates!' How do you find the
poetry, though, amid all that marble and concrete? 'Where did the earth
go?' [Grace] Cavalieri
writes in 'Mapping DC (1966-2007),' 'Into Sterling
Brown's voice . . . into the whine of the guitar of Bill Harris
at the "Pigfoot" club.'" He notes that 29 contributors
live in Maryland, and "Many of the poems in the volume originally
appeared in the terrific regional-poetry web site, beltwaypoetry.com,
which Roberts has run since 2000."
the blog of the Poetry Foundation, published a review by Annie Finch
on April 26, "Place, Time, Consciousness: Three New Political Anthologies."
Of Full Moon on K Street, Finch writes: "The book is full
of surprise and humor and energy, from Michael Lally opening a poem,
'DC, do you wanna dance?' to Esther Iverem’s 'tribute' to Bush’s
second inauguration...Fresh and memorable poems from a true range of
voices. An additional unique charm is that each author bio ends with
a sentence giving concrete information about DC evoked by that poet’s
poem...All around, this is a fun and unique anthology and a great introduction
to the very cool world of DC poetry." She includes excerpts from
poems by Esther Iverem and Hilary
Also: The Poetry Foundation selected Beltway Poetry Quarterly
as its Featured Site in, "Around
the Web," noting that the journal "prides itself on its
ability to capture the full scope of life in our nation's capital."
And, finally, a notice on Harriet,
on January 14, 2010, states, "It's a good winter for poetry in
the nation's capital...our friends at the Beltway Poetry
Quarterly...have begun celebrating their tenth anniversary
Devil's Accountant published a review of Full Moon on K
Street on April 19, 2010. They write: "These are great poems.
Good poetry alone however, cannot make for an important anthology. The
editor plays a nearly equal part in such considerations, and in the
case of this very provincial collection editor Kim
Roberts has done a marvelous job...as a reader of poetry and a person
quite familiar with other landmark anthologies I can confidently say
that Roberts has assembled just that: a landmark. This is important
work, not just to the community of Washington, DC, but to the nation
at large. No doubt part of that national interest is born of the fact
that this anthology deals with our nation's capital... From the founding
role of DC artists in what eventually became transplanted and known
as the Harlem Renaissance to the protest poetry of the Bush presidency,
with many a sun-baked or moonlit edifice between, Full Moon On K
Street is remarkable as much because of the city as the poets'
Montserrat Review published a "Best Books for Spring Reading,
2010" list, compiled by Grace Cavalieri,
which included Full Moon on K Street among the top six anthologies.
Post published a terrific review of the anthology Full
Moon on K Street on the front page of the Style Section in February
2010, calling it "the first anthology of modern poetry to be wholly
for, about and by current and former Washington residents—[that]
teems with poets who've distilled the region's lifeblood into verse
over the past 50 years." Of the editor, Kim
Roberts, they write she "has a reputation for being animated,
orderly and exacting, and these traits lurk between the lines in Full
Moon on K Street."
During the worst of our winter 2010
blizzards, on February 12, Chez
Robert Giron, the blog from the publisher of Gival Press, published
a review of the anthology they called "Make that Full Sun on K
Street," quoting poems that mentioned weather from Jose Emilio
Pacheco, Richard Peabody, Venus
Thrash, Rebecca Villarreal, and Belle
Today, the campus newspaper for George Washington University,
published a "Washington Reading List" on January 27, 2010,
recommending 8 books set in DC. Full Moon on K Street is the
only book of poems on the list. They write: "This newly released
collection features more than a hundred contemporary poems with subjects
ranging from DC’s monuments to its lawyers and half-smokes. Edited
by Kim Roberts, a former visiting poet at
GW, contributors include Professor of English David
McAleavey and part-time faculty members Christina
Daub and Ramola Dharmaraj."
Current Newspapers' family of neighborhood papers (The Northwest
Current, Georgetown Current, and Dupont Current)
featured a rave review of the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems
About Washington, DC, noting Beltway Poetry's
tenth anniversary, in January 2010. Calling the anthology a celebration
of "the built environment and how we live in it," they say,
"If you love DC, even if you haven't read a poem since high school,
you'll find that the book is full of intriguing perspectives on familiar
places and events...And for newcomers—or those who want to send
the book to folks back home—the introduction to each poem explains
the local references."
Dressing, an arts blog by Karren
L. Alenier in Scene4 Magazine, included a review, with
photos, of the January reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, celebrating
the anniversaries of Poet Lore and Beltway Poetry
Quarterly. She calls the anthology Full Moon on K
Street: Poems About Washington, DC "a graphically handsome
volume that will serve as a literary historian's reference and a unique
tour of Washington, DC."
Hill Rag reviewed the Tenth Anniversary Issue in January 2010,
emphasizing "the effect that Beltway Poetry Quarterly
has had on [poets] and on the local poetry community."
Best American Poetry blog posted an entry on Little Magazines in
April 2009, calling Beltway Poetry "a
great literary journal" and part of a "spiritual life force."
DC Examiner announced the First Books Issue in April 2009,
saying Beltway Poetry "enhances National
Wisdom, the blog from White Crane
Magazine, gave a very nice plug to BeltwayPoetry,
linking to our coverage on Ed Cox and
calling us "the repository of the brain of DC Poetic history"
Washington Post On-line published an article on the Beltway
Resource Bank list of public statuary depicting writers (part of our
list) in 2007.
Jordan Davis selected 4 poems from Beltway
Poetry, Issue 8, Number 1 for his Imaginary Anthology
2007, a list of 154 best American poems. Posted in his blog, Equanimity,
Davis includes two poems by Kyle
Dargan, and one each by Reb
Livingston and Hayes
The Washington Post
published a review of the DC Places Issue in 2006.
Magazine published a short article on The Wartime Issue
Washington Post published a feature article on the festival
"DC Celebrates Whitman: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass,"
with links to Beltway Poetry in 2005.
Blade also published a feature on "DC Celebrates Whitman"
with links to Beltway Poetry in 2005.
Post published a feature on The Whitman Issue of Beltway
Poetry in 2005.
Post published a feature article on the poetry community in
DC that prominently featured Beltway Poetry
Times published a feature article on the Whitman
research of Kim Roberts, first published
in the Special Memorial Issue of Beltway Poetry, in May
of Higher Education published an article on online publishing
in November 2003; the accompanying resource list links to Beltway
Poetry, citing it as one of nine "poetry sites worth exploring."
published a feature on Beltway Poetry on the occasion
of our Special Memorial Issue in October 2003.
Post published a feature article on Beltway Poetry
on the occasion of our second anniversary in March 2001.
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