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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 42.1 is Here!

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The 2017 Summer Issue of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is out! Thank you, Guest Poetry Editors Steve Halle and Sarah Lyons, for compiling such a boldly political issue. In 42.1, encounter myriad forms of the embodied intertwining with the obscured:

• Cover art by Central Illinois’s visual artist extraordinaire, Katherine O’Shea

• New poems by Ruben Quesada, The SRPR Illinois Poet, plus an interview with Joanne Diaz, SRPR Feature Poet & Interview Editor

• New poems by Ewa Chrusciel, SRPR Contributing Editor and SRPR Contributor, Magdalena Zurawski, Merrill Cole, Lisa Marie Basile, Ji Yoon Lee and Casey Lynne Rocheteau, among many others

• Joshua Corey's, SRPR Contributor’s, extended meditation on poetry as “transcendental route, or river, that returns us to the world as it is, with a view of how it might be otherwise”—a review of Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry (FSG Originals, 2016), Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), Reginald Gibbons’ How Poems Think (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Kirill Medvedev’s It’s No Good (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012).

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 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!