International Poetry Review
Founded in 1975 by Evalyn Pierpoint Gill, International Poetry Review is dedicated to the idea that the world becomes a better place when we listen to the voices of writers working in a variety of languages. The journal publishes works written by global contemporary writers in their own languages accompanied by facing English translations.
Call For Submissions Volume 46.2023
International Poetry Review is now accepting submissions for its upcoming issue, slated to appear in the spring of 2023. No theme is specified. Works in translation will appear in bilingual format. Every issue will also contain a limited selection of works originally written in English. We do not rigidly adhere to any one school of translation theory. We do, however, request that the translator secures the necessary translation and publication rights.
To encourage younger authors, IPR dedicates a section to works written and/or translated by university students, both graduate and undergraduate, as well as by recent graduates. Students in MFA programs are particularly invited to submit their work.
We will consider for publication submissions of up to three poems, works of micro or flash fiction of up to 500 words, as well as literary non-fiction and short essays of up to 1000 words. The submission deadline November 1, 2022. Font must be compatible with Microsoft Word for Macintosh. Individuals will be informed of decisions to publish within three to four months after submission.
Email your work, including text in the original language, its English translation, brief biographies of author and translator, a context paragraph of up to 100 words. Materials must be sent as Word attachments to Ana Hontanilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPR does not charge a submission fee. However, this journal is a nonprofit that relies entirely upon reader support. If you value our work, please consider purchasing our journal. The rate for 2022 is $14 for individuals and $16 for institutions for one issue (please add $8 shipping for non-U.S. addresses).
The rate for 2023 will be $16 for individuals and $18 for institutions for one issue (please add $10 shipping for non-U.S. addresses). Checks should be made out to International Poetry Review and sent to the following address:
International Poetry Review
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2324 MHRA Bldg. PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
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Although International Poetry Review (IPR) reserves space for works originally written in English, it emphasizes the English translation of works written in another language. The successes and failures of any translation arise from the complex relationship between author and translator, including their respective languages and cultures. Translations can even be thought of as rewrites, given that translators follow the seismic traces of an author’s thought processes in the original text, then recreate them for a new audience. Translations recreate these moments in a new light for a new audience. The reader’s relationship with the translator, then, depends upon trust. This issue of IPR is dedicated to translators, whose work provides this journal with its distinctive mark.
Cover image © Chema Castelló / HereSea (detail) Papel Mojado Series, 2013
The 44th issue of International Poetry Review (IPR) appears in a year shaped by change, social and political tensions. Against the backdrop of the transformative events of 2020-2021, this issue underscores the role poetry plays in building communities. By structuring IPR around the core principles of empathy, solidarity, inclusion and accessibility, our goal is to become intentional about the capacity of language to enact change. The editorial committee hopes that the poems included here make poetry accessible, move readers to play with words, and inspire them to become writers and translators themselves.
2019 was a year of protest. Across five continents, millions of people mobilized to march for political and economic justice and to speak out in dissent. International Poetry Review 43.2020 honors these protestors’ bravery by featuring the work of Latin American and Latinx poets, all of whom share the conviction that poetic language must denounce abuse, change the status quo, and create new realities. Poetry is political, and skilled poets can awaken the reader to pressing social concerns without resorting to sloganeering. Readers of these pages will find compelling voices that are as uniform in their commitment to the most critical issues of our time as they are multifaceted in tone, emphases and techniques. We are proud to present the work of these vibrant poets both in their original language and in translation.
Looking to the future
After the Spring/Fall 2016 double issue appeared, International Poetry Review was faced with a variety of challenges that forced it to suspend publication. With the renewed support of University of North Carolina Press and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we look forward to re-forging old relationships with our readers and contributors as we devote ourselves once again to bringing works of power and beauty from around the world to English-language readers.
Ana Hontanilla, UNC Greensboro
Tia Nutters, Utrecht U and U of Groningen. Dutch
Michelle Cheyne, UMass Dartmouth. French
Rose Facchini, Boston U. Italian
Sarah Booker, UNC-Chapel Hill. Spanish
Peter Dola, UNC Greensboro
Mark Smith-Soto, Emeritus, UNC Greensboro
Evalyn Pierpoint Gill
International Poetry Review counts among its lifelong supporters the following poetry lovers:
Fred and Susan Chappell
Stevenson Lupton, Jr.
David Schenck, Ph.D.
Maria H. Schilke
Dr. Alan E. Smith
David and Zita Smith
Mrs. Betty Watson