2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

We are so excited to announce our nominations for the 2015 Pushcart Prize! Claire Marie Stancek “Mouth” Sarah-Jean Krahn from Weed Apologue James Goodwin “Negritude: 6 Alienations” Hugo García Manríquez “Pre-Columbian, 1965″ Kimberly Collins “Why Bessie?” Congratulations to these beautiful poets! And a huge thanks to all our contributors for submitting wonderful work and allowing us to publish it. To…

Issue 39: Letter from the Editor

On the eve of the publication of the Berkeley Poetry Review’s 45th issue, we wanted to go back to 2008 and Issue 39 editor-in-chief Rhae Lynn Barnes’s “letter from the editor.” This passionate and incredibly knowledgable letter offers some important historical contextualization for the journal, going back to its inception in 1974, the Free Speech Movement in 1964, and Barnes’s own Berkeley…

2014 Pushcart Prize Nominations!

We are pleased to announce our nominations for the 2014 Pushcart Prize.  To read these poems, pick up a copy of our 44th issue from the store. Steven Alvarez, “1522” Kay Cosgrove, “A Western” Dan Encarnacion, “Denomination.” Naoko Fujimoto, “Sixty Seven Years Later” Ryan Harper, “Hubble Creek” Amy Newman, “After Robert Lowell Starves himself for Lent, a Seaplane Deposits Gertrude…

Submission Manager Fixed!

We recently had a small issue running our submissions manager, Submittable, which has now been solved.  If you tried to submit work recently but received a message that our reading period was closed, please submit again.  Our deadline is still March 15, and we look forward to reviewing your work.

Reading recap: Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Matthew Zapruder, and student poets

Thanks to everyone who attended Berkeley Poetry Review’s pre-holiday reading at University Press Books on December 4th–and a big thanks to our magnanimous and spectacular readers. Poet and UC Berkeley professor Geoffrey G. O’Brien read from his forthcoming collection, People on Sundays (Wave, 2013), and Matthew Zapruder from a forthcoming manuscript titled Sun Bear (whose titular poem the audience had the privilege of enjoying).…