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  • Abstract drawing of meadow, crayon on paper in shades of grey and black.
    Featured Blogger
    By A. Van Jordan December 18, 2023

    Ed Roberson is a master poet. Let’s get that out of the way up front. In his early 80s, he’s 13 books in, and he continues to go strong; if...

  • Abstract painting in with earthy oranges, browns, and yellows, and a smattering of brighter greens and purples.
    Featured Blogger
    By Vi Khi Nao December 11, 2023

    About five or six months ago, I sought a book suggestion from my father. He handed me a Vietnamese edition of Pearl S. Buck’s Trang, which had a distinctive red cover. The...

  • Collage of fabric, paper, and glue in blues, beiges, golds, greens, mounted on paper.
    Featured Blogger
    By A. Van Jordan November 27, 2023

    In February of 1997, I exchanged letters with the poet and scholar Agha Shahid Ali. He was my teacher and “supervisor,” at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College,...

From Open Door

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    Open Door
    By Harriet Staff December 22, 2023

    In keeping with our annual tradition, Poetry Foundation staff share a book (or two) that brought them joy or comfort or pleasure this year. *** Holly Amos, Associate Editor American Inmate by Justin Rovillos MonsonRecently,...

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    Open Door
    By Harriet Staff December 23, 2022

    In keeping with our annual tradition, Poetry Foundation staff share a book (or two, or more) that brought them joy, or comfort, or pleasure this year. *** Janet Cheung, Web Producer I would...

Digital Exclusives from Poetry Magazine

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Esther Belin September 4, 2023

    The process of knowing how to instrument this information and motivation was the logic behind grafting myself into the Poetry Foundation.

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Srikanth Reddy August 28, 2023

    Through it all, I came to learn that literary magazines are more like ordinary families, and less like historical dynasties, than I’d previously imagined.

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Suzi F. Garcia August 21, 2023

    I now realize that growth cannot happen overnight, nor should it. It must be built with the goal of sustainability. As anyone in nonprofit work can tell you, burnout plagues...

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Su Cho August 14, 2023

    I don’t know how to make a home. It feels jarring to say that, but I realize I’ve always had my eye on the next thing, the next project, and...

About Harriet Books

Named after Harriet Monroe, the founding editor of Poetry magazine, Harriet Books centers the work of poets through book reviews, a weekly news roundup, and monthly featured blog posts.

Meet the Harriet Books Writers

Harriet Books features reviews by a rotating team of book reviewers, all of them poets. They bring a range of perspectives to poetry, criticism, and the art of book reviewing. Our reviewers seek to highlight works by people from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, books published by small and independent presses, and poetry in translation.

Meet the Book Reviewers

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      Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collections Bel Canto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2022),Hallelujah Time (Signal Editions, 2021), Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020), and...

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      Janani Ambikapathy is a poet, critic, and translator. Her recent pamphlet If Not Theirs was published by Veer2. Her poems and essays have appeared in Lana Turner, Firmament, Datableed, The Rialto, Visual Verse, Modernism/modernityModern Poetry in Translationand...

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      Leonora Simonovis is a Venezuelan American poet, educator, and scholar. She earned a PhD in Hispanic literatures from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in creative writing from...

Meet the Featured Bloggers

Every quarter, Harriet Books invites several poets as featured bloggers to write on a theme related to contemporary poetry and poetics.

Featured Bloggers

    • Safia Elhillo

      Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. She is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for...

    • Headshot of A Van Jordan

      A. Van Jordan is the author of five collections: When I Waked, I Cried to Dream Again (W. W. Norton & Company, 2023); The Cineaste (Norton, 2013); Quantum Lyrics (Norton,...

    • Image of Vi Khi Nao

      Vi Khi Nao is part of the collective She Who Has No Master(s). Her books include A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Sheep Machine (Black...