Congratulations to 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize Winner, Alicia Jo Rabins


The American Poetry Review is happy to announce that Alicia Jo Rabins has been awarded the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript Divinity School, chosen by this year’s guest judge, C. D. Wright. The book will be published in September, 2015 and will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. 

Nicole Sealey Receives The 2014 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets

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We are delighted to announce that Nicole Sealey has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets for her poem “Virginia Is for Lovers.” She will receive an award of $1,000 and the poem will be featured in the September/October 2014 issue.   Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. Winner of the 2012 Poetry International Prize and selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2011, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, Poetry International, Ploughshares, and Third Coast, among other literary online and print journals. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation.  Congratulations, Nicole!

In Memoriam, Stephen Berg

We are grieved to announce the passing of our founding editor, Stephen Berg. Stephen Berg was the driving force behind The American Poetry Review at our inception in 1972. He defined our mission: to make contemporary poetry a more public and accessible art. As there was not enough time to prepare an appropriate memorial for the July/August issue, we will honor the many writing and publishing accomplishments of Stephen Berg in our September/October 2014 issue.

APR now at The University of the Arts

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The American Poetry Review is happy to announce our new affiliation with The University of the Arts. While maintaining our independent nonprofit status, we will now call the university home and look forward to the new possibilities this partnership will bring. Our new address is: The American Poetry Review at The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Hamilton 313, Philadelphia, PA 19102

An Interview with Nathaniel Perry, by Grant Clauser

Nathaniel Perry’s first book of poems, Nine Acres, won the 2011 APR/Honickman First Book prize, judged by Marie Howe. Nine Acres is written in meter and rhyme. Each poem is constructed of four stanzas in tetrameter—an approach not found in abundance in today’s poetry journals. Second, the poems are all from the point of view of a single speaker and take their titles from the chapters of a 1935 farming handbook by M.G. Kains called Five Acres and Independence.

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