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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