We’re thrilled to announce that Carter Rekoske has won this year’s Dan Veach Prize for his poem, “Prayer for Gratitude.” He has won $100 and his poem will be published in the upcoming Fall issue.
Carter is a 21 year old creative writing student at Bryan College in Tennessee. He won the poetry award in his school’s 2022 and 2023 annual literary contests and will be published in forthcoming issues of Listening and Black Fox Literary Magazine.
We want to thank everyone who participated, and send special shout out to our Finalists and Honorable Mentions!
The Complete List of Finalists
Alejandro Aguirre, “Elizabeth Bishop’s Arrival at Havana, 1955”
Gospel Chinedu, “Progeny”
Gaia McCune, “A Spring Morning”
The Complete List of Honorable Mentions
Amad Aamir, “Letters I Keep Writing to the Sea”
Daniel Barry, “Senior Week”
Jayant Kashyap, “Nilgai”
Chiwenite Onyekwelu, “Duplex for My Father”
We just wanted to give you an update on the contest: we’re still reading submisions (there were a lot of them!), and still looking for a judge, but we’re hoping to finish up all decisions by October at the latest. The Fall issue will come out in December, as usual.
Meanwhile, just a reminder that our fall general submission window opens in 38 days, on September 15th. We’re looking forward to reading your new work!
The Atlanta Review is in the process of re-vamping our social media so that we can connect more with you all. The people behind our social media are none other than Master’s students in the Global Media and Cultures program (GMC) at Georgia Tech taking a class by the name of—you guessed it—The Atlanta Review. Basically, the class is designed to give students hands-on editorial experience in running and maintaining the Atlanta Review (AR). Students learn to make editorial choices across a number of media platforms, from choosing poems to publish for our print issues, to maintaining social media like Instagram and Facebook, to managing subscriber and contributor lists, updating and improving the AR website, and overall contributing to the long-term indexing project of back issues.
Here are the bios of the graduate students in the Fall 2021 AR Class!
Meg Carver is currently working on her masters degree in Global Media and Cultures with a focus in French. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech as well with a major in Literature, Media, and Communication and a minor in French. She enjoys video games, art, and spending time with her family. Her greatest love is her dog Bonnie.
Mackenzie Dumaresque is originally from East Coast Canada but has lived in multiple American states. She is a GMC student completing a concentration in French. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in International Studies with a double major in French. In her future, Mackenzie hopes to work for a non-profit or NGO and she is so excited to see what opportunities arise in the future.
Eboni Goar is an Atlanta native majoring in GMC with a Japanese language concentration. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) in Asian Languages and Literature. When she is not in class, she can be found at events with Georgia Tech’s Japanese Student Association, hanging out with friends at restaurants in Atlanta/Athens or at home doing some online shopping.
Rebecca Hammond obtained a B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Georgia Tech. Through her internship experiences working in beauty and personal care for Unilever, Rebecca has gained an understanding of inclusive product development and consumer communication. She enjoys listening to music and cooking in her free time.
Elle Kostka is getting her Master’s in GMC at Georgia Tech, researching German Corporate Social Responsibility. She received her BA in German and BA in Comparative Literature from UGA, particularly enjoying German Romantic Literature. She continues to enjoy Ballroom dancing, both socially and on the Georgia Tech competition team.
We’ve been busy uploading sample poems from past issues so that you can see all the great poems that we’ve published down through the years.
The most recent past issues include Poetry 2014, Pakistan, and Poetry 2015, and you can find between 8-10 poem .pdfs per issue. This project (like the Index Project) is time-consuming and slow-going, so be sure to check back periodically to see what “new” past issues we have available.
It’s February, so you know what that means: we’re throwing open the doors on our annual International Poetry Contest! As with last year, contest submissions are $15 for up to 5 poems per entry. Enter as many times as you want.
One Grand Prize winner will receive $1000 and publication, and all Finalists will be published as well. Thirty Merit Award winners will receive a copy of the Fall issue.
Kurt wins the $1000 prize, and his poem, along with the wonderful poems by the other Finalists, will appear in the fall issue. Congratulations to Kurt and to all of the Finalists! You make Atlanta Review awesome!
Kurt Luchs has poems published or forthcoming in Into the Void, Right Hand Pointing, and The Sun Magazine. He won the 2017 Bermuda Triangle Poetry Prize, and was the First Runner-Up for the 2019 Fischer Poetry Prize. He has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as writing comedy for television and radio. His books include a humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny) (2017 Sagging Meniscus Press), and a poetry chapbook, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other (2019 Finishing Line Press). More of his work, both poetry and humor, is at kurtluchs.com. He lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he has no outstanding warrants.
“Mexican Tongue,” JD Amick
“[Letter of Love] to Ojīchan,” Aozora Brockman
“Self Portrait with Rubble,” Sylvia Foley
“A pledge to the dead requires no proof,” Jennifer L. Hollis
“Corpse,” Dana Jaye
“Meditation on a Trash Fire in My Backyard,” Robert J. Keeler
“Quantum Heart,” Kathleen Kirk
“Waiting for Mother’s Geraniums,” Pingmei Lan
“One Intimate Morning,” Belle Ling
“Nighttime in Jericho,” Jo-Ann Mort
“Stones without People and the Art of the Mulberry,” Adele Ne Jame
“Consumption of a Black Hole and Sweat Bees,” John Nieves
“Thin Places,” Edward Nudelman
“Thought Experiment,” Edward Nudelman
“Apples, Crabapples,” David Rock
“Sometimes, Briefly,” Kelly Rowe
“Unscrolling,” Joan Roberta Ryan
“Spring Freeze,” Joan Roberta Ryan
“Dead Woman’s Hollow Road,” Nicole Santalucia
“What White Lies Beneath,” Heidi Seaborn
“Prelude to a Resurrection,” d.r. shipp
“She Zuo Bin’s Rite of Spring,” Mary Spalding
“Where We Call to Nest,” Felicia Zamora
“Turbulence: Night Flight to Cairo,” Kristin Zimet
Last year’s International Poetry Contest winner, Carlos Andrés Gómez, will be in Atlanta to promote his new poetry collection Hijito at Spoke ATL on Sept. 13th. Can’t make the reading? Check out his book.