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"What an honorable fraternity exists among really fine poems,
even if that fraternity consists of a multitude of disparate personalities and voices."

Settlement House Poetry Titles

Alicia Partnory's Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales, translated by Gail Wronsky *. Louie Skipper’s The Work Ethic of the Common Fly * Sheppard Ranbom’s King Phillip's War * Louie Skipper’s It was the Orange Persimmon of the Sun * Dennis Sampson’s Within the Shadow of a Man * Paul Zimmer’s The Importance of Being Zimmer * Maria Teresa Ogliastri’s South Pole/Polo Sur translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher * Dennis Sampson’s The Lunatic in the Trees * David Allan Evans’ The Carnival, The Life * Peter Waldor’s Who Touches Everything

American Poetry Prize 2015-16 Submission Guidelines

The 2nd annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize welcomes submission of book-length poetry manuscripts in English by first generation Americans. Guidelines.

Featured Collection

The Unattended Harp

Peter Waldor is one of the most original voices in American poetry today. With subtle wit and a pitch perfect ear he celebrates all things great and small—be it a bolt hole on a bridge or the speed of light—with a transformative, often spiritual, imagination. We are better off after reading him.

In the Lobby

of the King David with the Italian
special security detail.
Accidently, passing through
the coterie I brushed against
an old man in their group
and he dropped some papers
which I picked up and returned
to him. He said “grazi” sweetly,
the guards turned and glared,
their earphone cables
stretching. The next day,
in the news, I saw the Italians
went to Bethlehem to upgrade
their diplomatic mission.
The old man I brushed against
was the president of Italy.

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Waldor Wins National Jewish Book Award
in Poetry

Peter Waldor's book of poems Who Touches Everything received the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Poetry. Congratulations, Peter! Other poetry finalists are Alan Shapiro (Houghton Mifflin) and Geoffrey Hartmann (Texas Tech University Press). The annual award, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, honors books in 16 categories. Poets previously honored by the council include Louis Simpson, Alicia Ostriker, C.K. Williams and Gerald Stern.

History and Epic Poetry:
an interview with Sheppard Ranbom
on King Philip's War

sheppard ranbom

King Philip's War is an epic poem about King Philip, sachem of the Wampanoags, who ended a prolonged period of peaceful coexistence with British settlers by leading one of the bloodiest wars in American history (1675-78). The war led to attacks on half the towns in Puritan New England and to the annihilation of the New England Algonquians. Read Interview

Dennis Sampson Interviews
Louie Skipper, 1998

louie skipper

The following conversation between poets Louie Skipper and Dennis Sampson took place in the fall of 1998 at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, where Sampson was the Margaret Bannister Writer in Residence. The core of this discussion is Skipper’s sensibility as evident in his poetry and, more specifically, its expression in Skipper’s first full length collection of poems... watch the interview