Poetry Month, Day 20*: Erica Dawson Recommends Measure

April 20, 2013

Since 2005, Measure has published the most innovative and compelling formal verse, picking up where The Formalist left off.  The newest issue, “The Music Issue,” features Seamus Heaney, Carrie Jerrell, Sufjan Stevens, and Lucinda Williams.  And as if that weren’t cool enough, Rob Griffith and Paul Bone have started Measure Press, which will publish several book-length collections of formal poetry a year.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a finer journal, and two nicer guys who just happen to be ridiculously talented poets.

 —Erica Dawson

*Throughout Poetry Month 32 Poems will use this space to praise presses, journals, and readings series that bring poetry to us in a special way. Our hope is that we can point new fans in their direction and publicly thank editors and curators for their work. Check in with us again tomorrow for another poet’s recommendation.

Erica Dawson’s second collection of poems, The Small Blades Hurt, is forthcoming from Measure Press in January 2014. Her first book, Big-Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012 and 2008Virginia Quarterly Review, Birmingham Poetry Review32 Poems, and other journals and anthologies. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati, and is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing at University of Tampa.

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