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featuring Light poets and editors

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, Madison, CT, May 21-24, 2019. Keynote speaker: Terrance Hayes. Lecturer: A. E. Stallings. Many Light stalwarts will speak, teach, and read, including Light Editor Melissa Balmain (leading a three-day workshop on comic verse), Meredith Bergmann. Conference Director Kim Bridgford, Barbara Crooker, Susan de Sola, Anna M. Evans, Claudia Gary, Allison Joseph, Julie Kane, Susan McLean, Chris O’Carroll, Wendy Sloan, and Marilyn L. Taylor.

West Chester University Poetry Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, June 5-8, 2019. Keynote speaker: David Yezzi. Light contributors Ned Balbo, Susan de Sola, and J.D. Smith are among the poets scheduled to speak, teach, read, and/or give manuscript critiques.

Robert Frost Farm Conference, Derry, NH, June 14-16, 2019. Bruce Bennett will keynote and teach a master class on three repeating forms. Light contributors Rhina P. Espaillat, Midge Goldberg, and Alfred Nicol are also among the faculty.

recently received by 
Light editors and contributors

Ned Balbo won the 2019 New Criterion Prize for his manuscript The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots, to be published by New Criterion Books in fall 2019.

Meredith Bergmann has been chosen to sculpt the first monument depicting non-fictional women in New York’s Central Park.

Nausheen Eusuf‘s poem “The Analytic Hour” will be included in Best American Poetry 2019.

Allison Joseph‘s book Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press, 2018) was the Gold/First Place Winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards, and is a 2019 nominee in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards.

Katherine Barrett Swett‘s manuscript Voice Message was chosen by Erica Dawson as the winner of the Donald Justice Award.

written, edited, or contributed to by Light poets

Brian Allgar: The Ayterzedd (Kelsay Books, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Ned Balbo3 Nights of the Perseids (University of Evansville Press, 2019)
Bruce Bennett
A Man Rode into Town (Foothills Publishing, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Kim Bridgford: The Blue Whale Sonnets (forthcoming from Main Street Rag).
Terese Coe:
You Can’t Go Home Again (Kelsay Books, 2018)
Wendy Cope:
Anecdotal Evidence (Faber & Faber, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Edmund Conti: Just So You know (Kelsay Books, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Susan de Sola: Frozen Charlotte (forthcoming from Able Muse Press in spring 2019).
Anna M. Evans: Under Dark Waters: Surviving the Titanic (Able Muse Press, 2018).
Steven G. Kellman: American Suite (Finishing Line Press, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Allison Joseph: Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press, 2018). (See Awards and Honors, above.)
A.M. Juster: The Elegies of Maximianus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).
Julie KaneMothers of Ireland (forthcoming from LSU Press in 2020).
Richard KenneyTerminator (due in October 2020, from Knopf)
Jean L. Kreiling: Arts & Letters & Love (Kelsay Books, 2018).
Barbara Loots: Windshift (Kelsay Books, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Chris O’Carroll: The Joke’s on Me (Kelsay Books, 2019).
Jennifer Reeser: Indigenous (Able Muse Press, 2019).
E.M. Schorb: Fiat Lux (Kelsay Books, 2019).
A.E. Stallings: Like (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018). (Reviewed here.)

Best American Poetry 2018 (Scribner), edited by Dana Gioia and David Lehman, includes poems by Maryann Corbett, Susan de Sola, Nausheen Eusuf, and A.E. Stallings. 

Jiggery Pokery Semicentennial (The Waywiser Press, 2018), edited by Daniel Groves and Greg Williamson, includes poems by Kim Bridgford, Terese Coe, A.M. Juster, Alfred Nicol, Cody Walker, and David Yezzi. (Reviewed here.)

Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books, 2018), edited by Marilyn L. Taylor and James P. Roberts, includes villanelles by Ned Balbo, Melissa Balmain, Bruce Bennett, Jerome Betts, Meredith Bergmann, Kim Bridgford, Michael Cantor, Catherine Chandler, Terese Coe, Maryann Corbett, Barbara Crooker, Martin Elster, Anna M. Evans, Claudia Gary, A.M. Juster, Julie Kane, Barbara Loots, Susan McLean, Leslie Monsour, Chris O’Carroll, Jennifer Reeser, Wendy Sloan, and Gail White.  (If you prefer to order directly from Marilyn L. Taylor, send an email to

Potcake Chapbooks (Sampson Low Ltd., 2018-2019), a series edited by Robin Helweg-Larson, includes poems by Brian Allgar, Jerome Betts, Terese Coe, Edmund Conti, Martin Elster, Daniel Galef, Helweg-Larsen, Susan McLean, Chris O’Carroll, Martin Parker, A.E. Stallings, Rob Stuart, and Gail White(Reviewed here.)


The staff of Light is unable to vet every contest …
but we’re happy to pass the info along.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Stay tuned for details on the 2019-2020 contest.