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I submitted a new release on behalf of the Sparrow's writers titled, "In the Silence of this Room."

Our American poets, I trust, have been considered for inclusion in the anthology--
I realize it is based on competition and space.

I haven't heard from anyone regarding the Best American Poetry Series for 2010.

We are marking our first year for Grey Sparrow Press; A Non-Profit corporation.

Can someone direct me to the coordinator. The editor has no email listed that I could locate.

Please let me know--I could not find an email for inquiry, nor anything indicating
a date for decision on submissions, nor was there any acknowledgement--March
marks our first year of incorporation--so I'm still suffering from a steep learning curve.

Best Regards,

Diane Smith
Grey Sparrow Press
A Non-Profit Corporation

someone....please get back to this wonderful publisher. ????? j

We've started our second year of printed publication and now publish a quarterly journal in print and zine call Grey Sparrow.

I would like to send our printed journals on for consideration of the poetry offered at the Sparrow, but I've not heard from anyone regarding submissions since my last post here. If I do not hear from anyone, I will trust I'm asking at the wrong website--my deepest apologies. You can find our zine by Googling Grey Sparrow Journal.

Best Regards,

Diane Smith
Grey Sparrow Journal
A Nonprofit Corporation
St. Paul, Minnesota

Thank you very much for this site on The Best American Poetry.I was searching the living British poets and I came across this source. I have been impressed by the names, views and opinions. I wonder if Jennifer M.Hecht is a (grand)daughter of Anthony Hecht with whose name and poems I became familiar in a summer school in UCLA in 1976. I wish to discover the newer America through her poets. Thank you.

Like Diane Smith of Grey Sparrow, I could not find a contact email address on any of the pages of your site. How does someone ask you guys a question?

And I wonder if anyone is assigned to look at the comments made on your 'Who We Are' page. I notice that it has been months since Ms. Smith made her first comment and a month since her second and no answer has been posted.

I would very much like to make some inquiries on several subjects relating to contemporary American poetry. Specifically on the selection criteria used by your editors to determine who might participate under such a banner as "The Best" and how many formats that participation encompasses (print, online, audio, video, etc.)

Thanks for you time and attention to this matter,
Beau Blue
Blue's Cruzio Cafe

Although Internet protocol does not oblige anyone to reply to a comment, it pleases me to say that "The Best American Poetry" has been published annually since 1988. The books are readily available, and the individual volumes themselves spell out our policies. 75 poems per year are chosen from magazines, not books, by a guest editor, himself or herself a distinguished practitioner of the art. Translations are ineligible.
It still astonishes me that some poets submit their work to publications they do not read, though I hear about this regularly from editors.
We're grateful to Marija Liudvika for her interest. Jennifer Michael Hecht, a wonderful poet and prose writer with the liveliest of philosophical minds, is not (to my knowledge) related to the late Anthony Hecht (whose versemaking finesse is exemplary).

Beau and Diane: If you visit the "about" page (link above in the navigation bar), you find an e-mail option.

Greetings, I edit the arts review Fogged Clarity and, we recently released a print collection featuring new poems from Bruce Smith, Terese Svoboda, Michael Tyrell, and many other gifted writers. How is it one submits a book to Best American Poetry?



I'm glad I found this poetry site. I really liked the Lunch poem, so true. Also if anyone is interested, I am hosting a free to enter "Simple Poems that Make You Think Contest" at

It seems to me that a Worst American Poetry series would be beneficial--composing a kind of poetry ignored by the editors of the Best American Poetry series is not anywhere enough of an affirmation.

--Bob Grumman

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THE LAST OF THE VIRGIN SOD was written by Rudolph G. Ruste in 1912 on the Ruste home farm in Ramsey Township, South Dakota.

Rudolph Gottlieb Ruste
7 March 1892 - August 1976

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