Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Final Fifty

We’re pleased to announce the fifty final selections for Best New Poets 2010 as made by Claudia Emerson and the series editor. Here they are, with the poet’s name, poem title, and the poet’s state. All entrants will receive an e-mail with these results in the next few days.

Stephen Ackerman, “A Small Obsession” (NY)
Sheri Allen, “June Arrival, Gainesville” (OH)
Mary Angelino, “Helping My Father Write His Father's Eulogy” (AR)
Kate Angus, “Inside My Sleep” (NY)
James Arthur, “Independence” (CA)
Jeff Baker, “April Blizzard” (VA)
Teresa Breeden, “Waiting on Spring” (NV)
Steven Brown, “Penumbra” (MA)
Kai Carlson-Wee, “Thresher” (WI)
Lisa Fay Coutley, “My Lake” (UT)
Todd Dillard, “Brother Mailed His Thumb” (NY)
Sharon Fain, “Angola, 2002” (CA)
Erin Gay, “Portrait Sealed in an Apothecary Jar” (OH)
Brandi George, “Dear Beauty,” (FL)
Linda Gottlieb, “Green Knife-Sharpening Car” (MD)
Megan Grumbling, “Leaving the Room” (ME)
Graham Hillard, “What the Ground Gives” (TN)
Chloe Honum, “Spring” (MA)
Adam Houle, “The Reddish Cur” (TX)
Melissa Hull, “The Stutterer” (AL)
Luke Johnson, “Remembering the Old Testament While Walking the Dog” (WA)
Douglas Jones, “Drinking Slow, Waiting for Weather” (AZ)
Matthew Kelsey, “Frost Heave” (WA)
Tracey Knapp, “Inheritance” (CA)
Rachel Langille, “Telescope” (MI)
Rebecca Lehmann, “The Factory, An Elegy in Six Parts” (FL)
Eugenia Leigh, “Every Hair on Your Head” (CA)
Hailey Leithauser, “the Moon speaks of Polar Bears” (MD)
dawn lonsinger, “The Economist's Daughter” (UT)
Angie Macri, “A Song for Fever” (AR)
Melanie McCabe, “Paperboy” (VA)
Nathan McClain, “Landscape with Goats” (CA)
Stephen McDonald, “Stories” (CA)
Brent Newsom, “Esther Green Moves Out of the Sunset Acres Mobile Home Community” (TX)
Alison Palmer, “Vertigo” (MO)
Joanna Pearson, “After a Molar Pregnancy” (MD)
Stephanie Pippin, “Afterimage” (MO)
Iain Pollock, “Upon Irremediable Shores, Those Who Never Had Time” (PA)
Benjamin Pryor, “New Year's Resolve” (NC)
Jake Ricafrente, “The Funeralgoers” (TX)
Joshua Rivkin, “Pastoral” (CA)
Meighan Sharp, “Habitats” (VA)
J. Eric Smith, “Story Problems” (FL)
Emily Smith, “After Reading About How to Attract Martins to Gourd Houses” (NC)
Sarah Sousa, “Leaving Maine” (MA)
Eleanor Tipton, “Wheel and Shadow” (DC)
Kara van de Graaf, “Poem at the Bottom of the Allegheny River” (WI)
Sarah Wangler, “A Bawl-Ass Remembers Her Childhood” (OK)
Matthew Williams, “Eulogy for the Method” (NY)
Monika Zobel, “On the Corner of Guilt and Ash” (CA)


  1. There must be some kind of mistake.... My name's not on the list... This can't be right... Please double check... I'm sure it's just an oversight...

    Seriously: Congratulations to the Chosen few. I'll be looking forward to reading you.

  2. Editors:
    Any chance we can get some hard numbers? How many poems submitted / How many to the judges? Some of us like to keep track of the odds.

  3. Yeah, what Anonymous said.

  4. Better luck next year! Congrats to the winners, I can't wait to buy the anthology! I want to read the winning poems.

  5. One poster asked for numbers. I created a more robust report in the past, and, time permitting, I'll try to do that again. But here's the raw data:

    1,515 submissions with 1-2 poems in each
    178 poems sent to guest editor
    And, 50 finalists selected

    -- Series Editor

  6. Will the published anthology give the names of the journals in which the 50 winning poems originally appeared?

  7. Yes, we feature the names of any nomination source (magazines and writing programs) at the bottom of each poem and acknowledge prior publication sources in a list at the back of the book.

  8. It would be very helpful to know who were among the 178 sent to Claudia Emerson. At least that way we'd know if we might stand a chance in future years.

  9. Yes, it might be helpful, but take it from this old veteran: they won't do it.

    Don't torture yourself with what "might have been."

  10. Looking forward to read them.

  11. any news on 2011?

  12. good question

    is BNP on for this year?

    there hasn't been much updating

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