Welcome to the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology Page
We are very proud to present an interactive list of the poets selected by our 2013 Editorial Board for the Montreal Prize 2013 Global Poetry Anthology. Below you’ll find photos, bios and MP3 recordings of the poets reading their own poems. And following that fun, you’ll find the 2013 shortlist.
But first, if you’re interested in global poetry and in supporting the Montreal Prize, please visit our publisher’s website to pre-order a copy of the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology slated to be in print by the end of November 2013. And if you don’t yet have a copy of the 2011 edition, please consider adding that to your shopping cart.
The Global Poetry anthologies are one-of-a-kind collections of contemporary, previously-unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English speaking world. An international editorial board ensures the series’ cosmopolitan palette, and the “blind” selection process guarantees that choices have been made according to poetic calibre alone.
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2013 Global Poetry Anthology | List of Poets
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Alison Luterman has written two books of poetry The Largest Possible Life (Cleveland State University Press) and See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions). In addition to poetry, she writes plays and personal essays. She has taught at The Writing Salon in Berkeley, at Esalen Institute and Rowe Camp and Conference center; at Omega institute, Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference and elsewhere. Check out her website www.alisonluterman.com for more information. Listen to Alison reading her poems: Amber / Carried Along on Great Wheels / Cashmere
Andrew Fitzsimons was born in Ireland and has lived in Japan since 1998. He is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Cultures at Gakushuin University, Tokyo. His publications include The Sea of Disappointment: Thomas Kinsella’s Pursuit of the Real (Dublin: UCD Press, 2008) and Thomas Kinsella: Prose Occasions 1951-2006, ed. (Manchester: Carcanet, 2009). His poetry has appeared in Ireland, Britain, and the U.S.A., and he has also published translations of Italian poetry, including Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Andrea Zanzotto.
Arnold Seong’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets and Poetry Northwest. He lives in Southern California and teaches ESL and Academic English at UC Irvine.
B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. His eighth poetry collection Weranga will be released in 2013. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland where he runs, watches birds, teaches English and writes sonnets. Listen to B.R. Dionysius read his poem Kennethland.
Bryan Walpert is the author of the poetry collections Etymology and A History of Glass, the short fiction collection Ephraim’s Eyes and the scholarly monograph Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry. A dual American and New Zealand citizen, he teaches Creative Writing at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. “Aubade” is from his third collection of poetry Native Bird for which he is seeking a publisher.
Born Sydney, 1960, Catherine Stewart grew up in Lismore, Australia, studied English Literature at Sydney University and at University of London (U.K.), completing an M.A. in 1987. She returned to Lismore from Canberra in 1993. Stewart has presented creative writing through local performance poetry events as well as at the Australian Poetry Slam 2009. She has also experimented with self-published poetry, combining the written text with her own hand-drawn graphic artwork. Writing “shapes” her viewpoint; impressions. Listen to Catherine read her poem She hasn’t changed places.
Cróna Gallagher’s poetry has been featured in Revival, The Chattahoochee Review, Magma, Popshot, The Moth and PB3. Her fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Crannόg and Drunken Boat. Her work was commended at iYeats 2013, and her piece “Ballypuca” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has received a Literary Bursary, and a Travel and Training award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her collection of poetry is The Doves of the Forest Night (Lapwing P). Listen to Cróna read her poem Rain 48.
D. Nurkse’s latest book of poetry is A Night in Brooklyn (Knopf, 2012). He is the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and recently served a term as an elected board member of Amnesty International-USA. He teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Listen to D. Nurkse read his poem The Screen.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a poet and artist from Trinidad. Her work has been featured in several local and international journals. She was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paeiwonsky Prize by The Caribbean Writer’s editorial board in 2009, nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010, and awarded the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2012. Listen to Danielle read her poem Five Songs for Petra.
Danielle Cadena Deulen is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and has authored two books. Her poetry collection Lovely Asunder (U. of Arkansas Press) won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award. Her memoir The Riots (U. of Georgia Press) won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. Formerly, she was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen to Danielle read her poem Transit.
Elizabet Stevens has an M.A. (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in New Brunswick Telegraph Journal’s literary section. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and has received recognition in competitions in Nova Scotia, Ontario and in the Maine State Writers Conference. A former journalist, she has worked for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and contributed to several newspapers including the Globe and Mail. Listen to Elizabet read her poem Note to Ex-Husband.
Portland poet Frances Payne Adler is the author of Making of a Matriot, Raising The Tents, and three collaborative poetry-photography books and exhibitions with photographer Kira Corser, shown in capitol buildings across the U.S. Work-in-progress: Dare I Call You Cousin, poetry & visuals about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, collaborating with Israeli photographer Michal Fattal and videographer Yossi Yacov. Adler is Professor Emerita and Founder of California State University Monterey Bay’s Creative Writing and Social Action Program. Listen to Frances read her poem Supreme.
Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books and won a dozen literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile. His most recent poetry books are Skaldance, Falsework and Swimming Ginger. He’s also the author of Drink the Bitter Root: A search for justice and healing in Africa. He lives on Thetis Island, British Columbia. Listen to Gary read his poem A Bad Rap for Thetis.
Ilya Tourtidis was born in Greece. He moved to Australia when he was four years old and to Canada when he was fifteen. He worked as teacher and counsellor in the Comox Valley where he now resides. He was cowinner of the Gerald Lampert Award in 1994. His poetry publications include Mad Magellan’s Tale, The Spell of Memory, Path of Descent and Devotion, and Bright Bardo. He has also published several e-books. Listen to Ilya read his poem Medusa is Crying.
Born in Australia Jena Woodhouse has published two poetry collections (with a third in preparation), an award-winning children’s novella, a novel and a short-story collection. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and spent a decade in Greece, where she wrote on books and writing for a subsidiary of the International Herald Tribune. In 2010 she was winner, Pacific region, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and in 2011 received a Hawthornden Fellowship to Hawthornden Castle, Scotland. Listen to Jena read her poem A BIrd and the River.
John Wall Barger was born in New York City, but grew up in Canada. He currently lives in a village house in Hong Kong, and teaches Creative Writing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published two books of poetry with Palimpsest Press: Pain-proof Men (2009) and Hummingbird (2012). Hummingbird was a finalist for the 2013 Raymond Souster Award. Listen to John read his poem The Problem with Love.
Karen Warinsky was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her work can be seen on several online sites, and she recently published two poems in Joy, Interrupted, an anthology on motherhood and loss, available through Amazon.com. She has lived in Illinois, North Dakota, Washington state, Japan and Connecticut. Mrs. Warinsky holds an M.A. from Fitchburg State University and currently teaches English at a high school in Massachusetts. Listen to Karen read her poem Legacy.
Kent Leatham is a poet, translator, editor, and critic. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Fence, Zoland, Poetry Quarterly, Poets & Artists, InTranslation, Ezra, Softblow, and The Battered Suitcase. Kent serves as a poetry editor for Black Lawrence Press and lives in central California. Listen to Kent read his poem Breakup.
Kim Trainor’s poems have appeared most recently in Grain, Qwerty, and The Dalhousie Review. She won The Fiddlehead’s 2013 Ralph Gustafson Prize and was co-winner of the 2013 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. She has recently completed a first collection of poetry, entitled Karyotype. With the exception of five rather cold years in Montreal, she has always lived in Vancouver. Listen to Kim read her poems Bicycle Arpeggios and Two Days in Spring.
Lee H. McCormack has been a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard for 43 years. Poet, master carpenter, sculptor and guitar-maker and cofounder of The Savage Poets of Martha’s Vineyard, he has written poetry for over 50 years. He is the first Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate in the history of Martha’s Vineyard Island, selected in 2012 by ten judges representing the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society. Intensive studies with Howard Nemerov, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Charles Simic, Robert Pinsky and Thomas Lux. Listen to Lee read his poem The Uninvited.
Linda Rogers, poet, songwriter, novelist and journalist, past Victoria Poet Laureate and Canada’s People’s Poet, is an advocate for human rights, particularly those of children. Rogers’ most recent award is The Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize from Exile Editions, 2013. Her most recent poetry title is Homing from Ekstasis Editions. A mother and grandmother, she is married to blues mandolinist Rick van Krugel. Listen to Linda read her poem Ai Wei Wei / Breathing Through Silk. (Photo Credit: Darshan Photography)
After spending a large chunk of her adult life in England, Lisa Brockwell now lives near Mullumbimby on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and son. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport and Magma prizes, and this year she won second place in the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival poetry prize. She is working towards a first collection. Listen to Lisa read her poems Earth Girls Are Easy and Pelicans.
Lisa Jacobson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her verse novel The Sunlit Zone was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2013 Stella Prize. In 2011 she won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Australia, New York, London and Indonesia, and she has just completed a new poetry collection South in the World. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and daughter. Listen to Lisa read her poem Photographs of Jews. (Photo Credit: Tess Flynn)
Lucy Beckett is British and was born in 1942. She was educated at Cambridge University and worked for thirty years as a schoolteacher (Latin, English, History). She has published eight books, including a collection of poems, a major study of Western writing read in a Christian context, and two novels. A third novel will be published by Ignatius Press in 2014. She is married, has four children and lives in rural Yorkshire.
Mark Kirkbride lives in London, England. He writes fiction and poetry. His novel Satan’s Fan Club will be out with Omnium Gatherum in 2013. His poetry has appeared in the Big Issue, Morning Star, Mirror and anthologies. Listen to Mark read his poem Dorset. www.markkirkbride.com
Mia Anderson is a writer, an Anglican priest, a gardener, an erstwhile shepherd and a long-time actress. Her one-woman show 10 Women, 2 Men and a Moose showcased then-contemporary Canadian writers. She has published four books of poetry: Appetite (Brick, 1988), Château Puits ’81 (Oolichan, 1992), Practising Death (St Thomas’ Poetry, 1997), and most recently The Sunrise Liturgy (Wipf & Stock, 2012). Her Long Poems “The Saugeen Sonata” and “from The Shambles” have won awards. Listen to Mia read her poems The Antenna and Prayer Is Scrubbing.
Natalie Shapero is the author of No Object (Saturnalia Books, 2013), and her poems have appeared in The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, The Progressive and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at Kenyon College, where she is a Kenyon Review Fellow. Listen to Natalie read her poem Sealed.
Patricia Young’s eleventh collection of poetry Night-Eater was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award in 2013.
Paul Hetherington is the author of two poetry chapbooks and eight fulllength poetry collections, most recently Six Different Windows (2013). He was founding editor of the National Library of Australia’s journal Voices (1991–97) and is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. He edited three volumes of the National Library’s edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend and is head of the International Poetry Studies Institute.
Paul McMahon, from Belfast, Ireland, holds an MA in Writing, with distinction, from NUIG, Ireland. He won first prize in The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize (2012), The Nottingham Poetry Open Competition (2012), The Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition (2012) and in The Golden Pen Poetry Prize (2011). He received a literature bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2013. His poetry has been widely published in journals such as The Threepenny Review and Southword. Listen to Paul read his poem The River of Forgetting.
Phil Davey has dual British and New Zealand citizenship. His poems have been published in a number of magazines, including Oxford Poetry Now, Poetry London/Apple Magazine and Illuminations. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. After a number of years in Oxford, Trieste, London, Milan and Brussels, he now lives with his wife Chiara in Varese in the north of Italy. Listen to Phil read his poem A Bathroom for Wallace Stevens.
Preston Mark Stone holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and was a winter fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
Robert Carter has published award-winning poetry, short stories and novels internationally. His work has been translated into several languages. He wrote and directed a feature film of his first novel, which won awards at festivals around the world. More information, including his latest work can be seen here: www.thirstthefilm.com. Listen to Robert read his poem Dog.
Ros Barber is author of the verse novel The Marlowe Papers (Sceptre 2012), winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, joint winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and long-listed for the Women’s Fiction Prize 2013. She has published three poetry collections, the latest Material (Anvil, 2008), received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Born in Washington D.C. to British parents, she lives in Brighton, England, and is currently Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. Listen to Ros read her poem Single Woman Traveller, Latin America.
Rosamund Taylor was born in Dublin in 1989. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Live Canon International Poetry Competition, had two poems long-listed for the 2011 Montreal Prize, and was a runner-up for the 2008 Bridport Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals in the UK and Ireland. She has worked in animal shelters and veterinary surgeries, but is currently writing full time, working on a novel for young adults as well as on poetry. Listen to Rosamund read her poem Walking Without Feet.
Rosanna Licari is an Australian poet. Her collection An Absence of Saints won the 2009 Thomas Shapcott Award, the 2010 Anne Elder Award, the 2011 Wesley Michel Wright Award and was shortlisted for the 2010/2011 Mary Gilmore Award. Her interests are varied and she has worked with different forms including haiku and haibun, text and audio as well as page poetry. In June 2013 she was a Fellow of the Hawthornden International Retreat in Scotland. Listen to Rosanna read her poem Blaze.
Sally A. Moore has been published in The Globe and Mail, Word Weaver, and Heart So Open, Soul So Wide (Amherst Writers and Artists Press). Her writing credits include a prize from the Ontario Poetry Society, a long-list from the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2011, and award-winning film credits. Recent recipient of the Len Cullen Writing Scholarship, Sally is currently working on an historical fiction trilogy and holds certificates from Humber School for Writers. Listen to Sally read her poem Wedding Service.
Sarah Rice is a Canberra-based art-theory lecturer, visual artist and writer, who co-won the 2011 Gwen Harwood poetry prize, amongst other awards. Her limited-edition, art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (Ampersand Duck, 2010), with prints by Patsy Payne, is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Award Winning Australian Writing and Best Australian Poetry 2012. Listen to Sarah read her poem Yawn.
Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of southern France. She is widely published and won The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2011. Her poetry collection To Know Bedrock was published in 2011 by Pindrop Press. Listen to Sharon read her poem Moon Jellyfish. And here’s her website: www.sharonblack.co.uk
Simon Miller teaches English and Drama at an international school in Thailand where he lives with his wife and three growing children. He has written several plays for young people. His own childhood was spent between Botswana and England and he has rarely stopped exploring since. Social history, culture and the natural world are his key fascinations, particularly the points where all three meet.
Stevie Howell’s poetry and literary criticism have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals throughout Canada, the US, and Ireland. She works as an editor for a quarterly magazine and at a mental health hospital. Stevie is currently completing her first volume of poetry, slated to be published in fall 2014 by Ice House Press (an imprint of Goose Lane Editions). Listen to Stevie read her poem The Guard.
Susan Glickman works as a freelance editor, primarily of academic books, and teaches Creative Writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. She is the author of six collections of poetry from Signal Editions of Véhicule Press, most recently The Smooth Yarrow (2012), two novels The Violin Lover (2006) and The Tale-Teller (2012), the Lunch Bunch trilogy of children’s books, and The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape (1998).
Susan McMaster is the past president of the League of Canadian Poets and has published some 20 books and recordings, recently Paper Affair: Poems Selected & New, Pith & Wry: Canadian Poetry, and Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me (Acorn-Plantos, Lampman, and Ottawa Book awards finalist). Projects include Branching Out, the first national feminist magazine; First Draft, SugarBeat, and Geode Music & Poetry; and Convergence: Poems for Peace, which brought poetry to every parliamentarian in 2001. Listen to Susan read her poem My Head Is Full of Pakistan.
Suzanne Batty’s first collection of poems The Barking Thing was published in 2007 and she completing a second collection. A short story author, Suzanne also writes for theatre and has taught Creative Writing for 15 years. She is interested in working with people experiencing or recovering from mental distress. Her most recent collaborative project has been with an avant-garde musician, arranging one of Suzanne’s poems for three soprano voices. Suzanne lives in Manchester, UK. Listen to Suzanne read her poem Jesus on a Train from Mumbai.
Tim Bowling of Edmonton, Alberta is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently his Selected Poems. He has been twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award and is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Tracey O’Rourke divides her time unevenly between England and Mallorca. She is a published poet and has been involved in several writing initiatives in schools and has taught Creative Writing at a well-known university in the north of England.
Vincent Marksohn currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Co-Editor in Chief of The Cause Arts Quarterly. His work also appears in Cocktails at the Apocalypse (Ra Press). His poems often imagine historical or familial experiences he was unable to witness. Vincent hails from a small fishing village on Long Island’s muddy North Shore and although he’s caught many fish, none were in the vicinity of home. Listen to Vincent read his poem Tennis Court Road.
The 2013 Shortlist
The 2013 editors sorted through approximately 2000 poems from 70 different countries. The following poems were selected from the 2013 Longlist Anthology, which you may download or view free of charge here. Thanks again to everyone participating for supporting our crowd-sourced, not-for-profit, global poetry project. Without further ado… here’s the shortlist.
|Ai Wei Wei /
Breathing Through Silk
by Linda Rogers
by Andrew Fitzsimons
by Alison Luterman
|My Head is Full of Pakistan
by Mia Anderson
|Nights in the Gardens of Priapus
by Tracey O’Rourke
by Bryan Walpert
|Note to Ex-Husband
by Elizabet Stevens
|A Bad Rap For Thetis
by Gary Geddes
by Lisa Brockwell
|A Bathroom for Wallace Stevens
by Phil Davey
|Photographs of Jews
by Lisa Jacobson
by Kim Trainor
|Prayer Is Scrubbing
by Mia Anderson
|A Bird and the River
by Jena Woodhouse
|The Problem with Love
by John Wall Barger
by Rosanna Eva Licari
by Cróna Gallagher
by Kent Leatham
|The River of Forgetting
by Paul McMahon
|Carried Along on Great Wheels
by Alison Luterman
by D. Nurkse
by Alison Luterman
by Natalie Shapero
|Dante in Ravenna
by Lucy Beckett
|She Hasn’t Changed Places
by Catherine Stewart
by Robert Carter
by Susan Glickman
by Mark Kirkbride
|The Single Woman Traveller, Latin America
by Ros Barber
by Preston Mark Stone
|Sonnet for the Tiny Neutron
by Arnold Seong
|Earth Girls Are Easy
by Lisa Brockwell
by Frances P. Adler
|Five Songs for Petra
by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
|Tennis Court Road
by Vincent Marksohn
|Grade Seven Social Studies Unit
by Patricia Young
by Tim Bowling
by Stevie Howell
by Danielle Cadena Deulen
by Paul Hetherington
|Two Days in Spring
by Kim Trainor
|Jesus on a Train from Mumbai
by Suzanne Batty
by Lee H. McCormack
by B. R. Dionysius
|Walking Without Feet
by Rosamund Taylor
by Karen Warinsky
by Sally Moore
|Medusa is Crying
by Ilya Tourtidis
by Sarah Rice
by Sharon Black
|You’ll Never Know
by Simon Miller