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  • Collage of fabric, paper, and glue in blues, beiges, golds, greens, mounted on paper.
    Featured Blogger
    By A. Van Jordan November 27, 2023

    In February of 1997, I exchanged letters with the poet and scholar Agha Shahid Ali. He was my teacher and “supervisor,” at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College,...

  • Ephemeral sculpture in soil of artist's silhouette.
    Featured Blogger
    By Vi Khi Nao November 13, 2023

    Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part essay. Read Part I here. I want to note the intriguing similarity between the Vietnamese word “nhà thơ” for poet and “nhà thờ”...

  • Gelatin silver print featuring up close of ocean waves beneath a cloud-filled sky, with a rectangular shape superimposed on the sky magnifying the clouds and leaving a shadow on the waves.
    Featured Blogger
    By A. Van Jordan October 30, 2023

    Saturday… late morning, damn-near noon, and I’m thinking about influences, role models, and what I admire in the work they do. As I get older, I’ve come to admire discipline,...

From Open Door

  • Illustrated pegasus logo
    Open Door
    By Harriet Staff December 23, 2022

    In keeping with our annual tradition, Poetry Foundation staff share a book (or two, or more) that brought them joy, or comfort, or pleasure this year. *** Janet Cheung, Web Producer I would...

  • Leporello with poems and painting in various colors
    Open Door
    By Jennifer Scappettone November 21, 2022

    Maps, oh maps! […] sometimes in my sleep, I find myself walking on a map-like space, searching for a place I can at last call my own. But it always...

Digital Exclusives from Poetry Magazine

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Esther Belin September 4, 2023

    The process of knowing how to instrument this information and motivation was the logic behind grafting myself into the Poetry Foundation.

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Srikanth Reddy August 28, 2023

    Through it all, I came to learn that literary magazines are more like ordinary families, and less like historical dynasties, than I’d previously imagined.

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Suzi F. Garcia August 21, 2023

    I now realize that growth cannot happen overnight, nor should it. It must be built with the goal of sustainability. As anyone in nonprofit work can tell you, burnout plagues...

  • From Poetry Magazine
    By Su Cho August 14, 2023

    I don’t know how to make a home. It feels jarring to say that, but I realize I’ve always had my eye on the next thing, the next project, and...

About Harriet Books

Named after Harriet Monroe, the founding editor of Poetry magazine, Harriet Books centers the work of poets through book reviews, a weekly news roundup, and monthly featured blog posts.

Meet the Harriet Books Writers

Harriet Books features reviews by a rotating team of book reviewers, all of them poets. They bring a range of perspectives to poetry, criticism, and the art of book reviewing. Our reviewers seek to highlight works by people from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, books published by small and independent presses, and poetry in translation.

Meet the Book Reviewers

    • Headshot of poet Sylee Gore

      Sylee Gore is an interdisciplinary writer and translator. Her artist book, Even Still (Sampson Low, 2021), was commissioned by Poem Brut. Gore's awards include the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the...

    • Headshot of the poet

      Janani Ambikapathy is a poet, critic, and translator. Her recent pamphlet If Not Theirs was published by Veer2. Her poems and essays have appeared in Lana Turner, Firmament, Datableed, The Rialto, Visual Verse, Modernism/modernityModern Poetry in Translationand...

    • Headshot of the poet Morgan Frank

      Rebecca Morgan Frank was born and raised in Virginia. She earned an MFA from Emerson College and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was an Elliston Poetry...

    • Photo of Spaide

      Christopher Spaide is a critic, poet, teacher, and Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His essays, reviews, and poems have appeared in Contemporary LiteratureThe New YorkerPloughsharesPoetryThe Sewanee Review, and The Yale...

Meet the Featured Bloggers

Every quarter, Harriet Books invites several poets as featured bloggers to write on a theme related to contemporary poetry and poetics.

Featured Bloggers

    • Safia Elhillo

      Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. She is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for...

    • Headshot of A Van Jordan

      A. Van Jordan is the author of five collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005...

    • Image of Vi Khi Nao

      Vi Khi Nao is part of the collective She Who Has No Master(s). Her books include A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Sheep Machine (Black...