Best New Poets 2015: Our Final 50

We are pleased to announce Tracy K. Smith's selections for Best New Poets 2015.

Allison Adair, “Western Slope”
Mary Angelino, “Dinner at Nonna
s” (previously appeared in Sugar House Review)
Jessica Bixel, “Lullaby for a Changeling” (previously appeared in Handsome)
Ian Burnette, “Harvests” (previously appeared in The Adroit Journal) 
Laura Bylenok, “Infinite Regress” (nominated by 
Pleiades)
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, “Songs of Thirst: Six Sijo”
Damian Caudill, “Tuesday Ordinary”
Leila Chatti, “What Do Arabs Think of Ghosts?” (nominated by North Carolina State University)
Tiana Clark, “The Frequency of Goodnight”
Cristina Correa, “Reflection from a Bridge”
J. Jerome Cruz, “Saudades” (previously appeared in New Delta Review)
Jaydn DeWald, “Desire Lines” (previously appeared in The Carolina Quarterly)
Cassie Donish, “What Happened”
Lisa Dordal, “Pretty Moon” (previously appeared in Rove Poetry)
Cody Ernst, “Come Up” (previously appeared in Bayou Magazine)
J.P. Grasser, “Well” (previously appeared in Ecotone)
Alysia Nicole Harris, “Crow's Sugar” (previously appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine)
Michael Derrick Hudson, “The Garden of Eden and the Trilobite” (previously appeared inBoulevard)
Crystal C. Karlberg, “Bees Make Me Think Of My Mother”
Christopher Kempf, “Disaster Capital; or, We Are Made of Stardust & Will Explode”
Trevor Ketner, “Gunshot Shards of Tiny, Steel Stars” (previously appeared in The Sycamore Review)
Ashley Keyser, “Land of Flowers” (previously appeared in Passages North)
Edgar Kunz, “My Father at 49, Working the Night Shift at B&R Diesel” (previously appeared inIndiana Review)
Michael Lavers, “Patmos Revisited”
Brian Leary, “Wolf for Water”
Eduardo Martinez-Leyva, “Confirmation” (previously appeared in Apogee Journal)
James Davis May, “An Existential Bear”
John McCarthy, “Definitions of Body”
J.G. McClure, “Ars Poetica” (previously appeared in Fourteen Hills)
Elizabeth Metzger, “Not Spring” (nominated by Columbia University, previously appeared inTupelo Quarterly)
Erin L. Miller, “Half-Life”
Ellene Glenn Moore, “At Puget Sound I Think of My Brother”
Lena Moses-Schmitt, “The Gate” (previously appeared in Devil's Lake)
Alicia Rebecca Myers, “The Last Travel Agent”
Jessica Nordell, “Girl, Running” (previously appeared in Radar Poetry)
Elizabeth Onusko, “Former Future King”
Antonina Palisano, “For H”
Clare Paniccia, “I Wish I Could Say” (nominated by the Southeast Missouri State University Professional Writing Program)
Kasey Erin Phifer-Byrne, “The Real Birth of Venus”
Danni Quintos, “White Beauty”
sam sax, “gay boys and the bridges who love them” (previously appeared in Drunken Boat)
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, “From the Cabinet of Counterweights & Measures”
Emily Skaja, “Four Hawks” (previously appeared in The Pinch)
Analicia Sotelo, “I'm Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It's Awful” (nominated by The Antioch Review)
David Thacker, “A Fetus Dreams Her Father’s Brain is a Tenement” (previously appeared inMid-American Review)
Emily Vizzo, “It was a miracle route everyone had been searching for and the story caused a sensation”
Claire Wahmanholm, “Fallow” (nominated by The University of Utah, previously appeared in32 Poems)
Kara Kai Wang, “Idiom”
Amy Woolard, “A Place Where There Isn't Any Trouble” (previously appeared in Court Green)
Nikki Zielinski, “Midnight, Troy”


I hope you'll join me in congratulating all who were selected. To those whose names do not appear on this (very short) list: we hope you will allow us to read your poems again next year, and that you will consider picking up Best New Poets 2015 this November in celebration of your fellow emerging writers.

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Submit to the Best New Poets 2015 Open Competition

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The Best New Poets 2015 open competition has officially begun. Now through May 25, 2015, any poet meeting our eligibility guidelines may submit work by uploading a submission through Submittable

Semifinalists poems will be considered by Tracy K. Smith, this year's guest editor

We hope you'll consider submitting. 

While we have your attention: if you're headed to AWP this week, be sure to join us Friday morning, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 101 D&E (Level 1) for the Best New Poets 10th Anniversary Reading featuring Sandra Beasley, Eduardo C. Corral, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Phillip B. Williams. Take a look at our Facebook event to see who's coming, or see the official AWP listing here.

Best New Poets To Accept Entries Through Submittable

The time has come. Best New Poets is officially retiring ManuscriptHub, and will begin accepting submissions through Submittable this year. While we’re sad to say goodbye to our old friend, we know that Submittable will offer a smoother, faster experience for our entrants.

The 2015 competition, which will be judged by Tracy K. Smith, opens to submissions on April 5. We can’t wait to read your work.

Tracy K. Smith to Edit Best New Poets 2015

We’re thrilled to announce that Best New Poets 2015 will be guest edited by Tracy K. Smith.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry: The Body's Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award; and, most recently, Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and a New Yorker, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Other honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, and an Academy of American Poets Fellowship. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, she lives in Princeton with her family.

The Best New Poets open competition will begin April 5, 2015. Calls for nominations from writing programs and literary journals will go out in February.