Announcing Poetry Project Newsletter Editorial Collective

Over the next year, The Poetry Project will significantly expand the publication side of our work — more reviews, interviews, and other featured scholarly and critical pieces. In keeping with the radical, open spirit of The Project, we’re looking forward to taking on this increased work through an editorial collective model. The Poetry Project is excited to be working with Kay Gabriel, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, John Rufo, and Wendy Trevino this season, who will all serve as members of The Poetry Project’s 2019-20 Newsletter Editorial Collective. As The Poetry Project’s Newsletter Art Editor, Dave Morse will be designing the Newsletter’s quarterly print issues and selecting visual art to appear alongside other content.

The Poetry Project’s 2019-20 Newsletter Editorial Collective is interested and dedicated to:

  1. Rethinking the review / poetry criticism from a genre perspective
  2. Endeavoring to give critical coverage to work that doesn’t frequently receive it (and in many cases, work that hasn’t been reviewed elsewhere at all)
  3. Connecting poetry discourse with other disciplines, with movement-building practices, and with other theoretical frames
  4. Building a space for continued work against/over the racialized, sexist, gendered, and ableist hierarchies in historical and contemporary poetry criticism
  5. Working against institutional hierarchy in the ecosystem of review, publishing, and audience (while also recognizing certain forces, patterns, and dynamics that come out of the particular institution that The Poetry Project is)

Kay Gabriel

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Elegy Department Spring / Candy Sonnets 1 (BOAAT Press, 2017), the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Project and Lambda Literary, and recently completed her PhD in Classics. With Andrea Abi-Karam she’s co-editing an anthology of radical trans poetics, forthcoming fall 2020 from Nightboat Books.

Photo: S*an D. Henry-Smith

Imani Elizabeth Jackson

Imani Elizabeth Jackson is a poet working between text, performance, and food. Jackson’s writings appear in Flag + Void, HOLD, Triple Canopy, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at Brown University and co-organizes the Chicago Art Book Fair.

Photo: S*an D. Henry-Smith

John Rufo

John Rufo has been a reviews editor for The Poetry Project Newsletter since 2017. Work has been published, or is forthcoming, on Poets [dot] org, Ploughshares, The Offing, The Capilano Review, Tagvverk, Entropy, The Journal Petra, NOO, and Dreginald. Links and contact at

Wendy Trevino

Wendy Trevino was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She lives in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & two senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions and Krupskaya Books. Brazilian no es una raza, a bilingual edition of the chapbook she published with Commune Editions, was published by the feminist Mexican press Enjambre Literario in July 2018. Her first book-length collection of poems, Cruel Fiction, was published by Commune Editions in September 2018. Wendy is not an experimental writer.