Poetry Northwest

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Representative Authors: 
Helene Achanzar, Rae Armantrout, Taneum Bambrick, Cyrus Cassells, Camille T. Dungy, Sean Hill, Mark Irwin, Amit Majmudar, Shara McCallum, Dominica Phetteplace, Joy Priest, Dujie Tahat, Daneen Wardrop, Shelley Wong
Online, Print
Reading Periods: 
Sep 1 to Sep 30
Feb 1 to Mar 31
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$30 / year
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

After more than 60 years, Poetry Northwest remains committed to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, especially work willing to take risks and push readers to the emotional and intellectual edge of what poetry makes possible. Edited and published on the lip of the Pacific Rim, adjacent to the border with Canada, and smack in the middle of a 10,000-year-old site of intense human migration, the magazine is a place where poems, visual arts, and cultural commentary are orchestrated to bring to the printed page a robust awareness and investigation of this complex life.

Tips From the Editor

Current editor Keetje Kuipers has said, "I'm interested in accepting poems that I struggle with, that I don't understand, that I might even fundamentally disagree with in terms of either their craft or simply the argument they're making about the state of the world." Founding editor Carolyn Kizer placed a special emphasis on encouraging the "raw, emerging talents, the neglected and overlooked." Our dedication to employing equitable editorial practices that emphasize the rich diversity of today's poets enhances our mission of publishing the most exciting work we can find.

Contact Information

Keetje Kuipers, Editor
2000 Tower Street
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Last updated: Jun 29, 2023