About the Journal

Boxcar Poetry Review is an online poetry journal showcasing the work of new and established poets with new issues appearing quarterly. What are we looking for? Simply the best poetry out there, be it lyric or narrative, or somewhere in between. Take us someplace new. Move us. Transport us. Run us over with a locomotive of brilliant imagery and voice.


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  Every couple of years we assemble a print anthology of the best work that has appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review. Our second anthology features 63 outstanding poets and can be purchased here.

In addition to publishing outstanding poetry, we seek to raise the profile of the next generation of poets by featuring reviews of first books and interviews with first book poets.

Poems from Boxcar Poetry Review regularly appear in the Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Press). We also nominate poems for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry.

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EDITOR/POETRY: Neil Aitken is the author of Babbage's Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize. His work has appeared in the American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A former computer games programmer, he has been Kundiman Poetry Fellow and holds both an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. His collaborative translations with poet-translator Ming Di appear in The Book of Cranes: Selected Poems of Zang Di (Vagabond AU 2015) and New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poets, 1990-2012 (Tupelo 2013). He is also the founder of Have Book Will Travel, a new online resource that connects authors and reading series. (www.neil-aitken.com)
INTERVIEWS: Eduardo C. Corral is a poet and the son of Mexican immigrants. His first book, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral has also been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. His poems have appeared in Ambit, Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He has served as the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. A 2017 Hodder Fellow, he currently works as an assistant professor in the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University. (www.eduardocorral.com)
REVIEWS: Sara Toruño-Conley is the author of the chapbook, The Dementia of Language, and her poems have appeared in journals such as Forge, Contraposition, The Café Review, Ginosko, Temenos, and Monday Night. Her work has also been anthologized in Weatherings and Found: Fiction and Poetry. She teaches English at Los Medanos College and resides in Richmond, California with her husband and chihuhua.
ART: Elaine Wang is a photographer and an abstract artist who has experimented with a variety of mediums over the years (including Chinese painting and calligraphy). Also a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist, she holds a BA in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Texas, Austin, and now lives in Los Angeles where she works mainly with acryllic and mixed media. In her spare moments, she shoots with a Nikon D5000. She has been published in Spires, Zero Ducats, cahoodaloodaling, and Front Porch.

Boxcar Poetry Review - ISSN 1931-1761