Anticipated Books of 2013: Rebecca Morgan Frank’s Poetry List

2013 promises an incredible line-up of books by our poetry contributors. Here are a few to keep your eye out for. (And tune in on Monday for my 2013 Fiction List!)

–Rebecca Morgan Frank, Editor-in-Chief

You may be familiar with contributor Alex Dimitrov due to the coverage of the exclusive Wilde Boys Salon, where Dimitrov brings together poets in private residences in New York, but when Dimitrov’s debut collection, Begging for It,  comes out in  2013 from Four Way Books,  he will begin to really make his mark as a poet.  Sample his work in our pages and in The Yale Review. It’s stark, unapologetically sentimental, and will leave you greedy for more.


Tongue Lyre by Tyler Mills, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, is one more book on the Crab Orchard Prize list that I can really get behind. (Note that they have published Memorious contributors Brian Barker, Todd Hearon, Jake Adam York, Oliver de la Paz and Tracy Brimhall, and contributor Tarfia Faizullah’s book comes out from them in 2014. All poets whose work I deeply admire.) Read a few of Mills’ poems in our recent issue and you may just want to mark your calendars for the February release. Meanwhile, isn’t this a gorgeous title and cover?


Two-time contributor Ed Pavlic‘s Visiting Hours at the Color Line  was selected for the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2013. I still recall how excited I was to read these poems and publish them in issue 6. You can read the stunning opening poem to his forthcoming collection in our latest issue.


Hadara Bar Nadav came to us as a contributor in our early days and later joined us as a contributing editor. This year brought us her second collection, The Frame Called Ruin, from New Issues, and in a fortuitous double punch, her third collection, Lullaby (with Exit Sign)  comes out with Saturnalia in March 2013. A look at the acknowledgments pages of her books reflects the range of editors–and readers–this talented poet draws. You can sample the title poem at Prairie Schooner.


Greg Wrenn‘s first collection Centaur, was awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press this spring. He has appeared in our pages twice, and I have been waiting to see someone snatch up his collection. It was no surprise when he won the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award this past year, either. While you wait for the book, you can read him in Issue 18 and Issue 8.


Last but not least, the news is just in that contributor Anna Ross, whose poems appeared in Issue 8, was selected by Julianna Baggott as the winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry for her manuscript If  a Storm.  I look forward to this follow-up to her chapbook Hawk Weather!

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