Delaware Poetry Review still accessible in online archive

Publication included works from 163 poets over 10 years
March 18, 2019

Over the course of an amazing decade, the Delaware Poetry Review,, documented and celebrated the vibrant literary arts of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic.

Published between 2007 and 2017, Delaware Poetry Review featured a total of 163 poets, ranging from authors who had never previously published to those with national reputations. Contributors include Poets Laureate of the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, including JoAnn Balingit, Fleda Brown, Grace Cavalieri, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda.

Other notable contributors include major award-winners such as Tara Betts, Regie Cabico, Teri Cross Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Michael Glaser, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Fred Joiner, David Keplinger, Dorianne Laux, E. Ethelbert Miller, Erin Murphy, Kathleen O’Toole, Leona Sevick, Edgar Gabriel Silex, Truth Thomas, Sue Ellen Thompson and Scott Whitaker.

Past issues will be preserved in perpetuity thanks to the Cape Gazette newspaper, sponsor of the journal. “I know I share many people's pride in being a part of disseminating really beautiful and illuminating work,” said Cape Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney.

He also praised the talents of the journal’s graphic designer and webmaster, Catherine Tanzer. “We’re fortunate we've had someone with Cat's graphic and artistic talents to make it all so inviting and readable.”

Forney is part of the group of editors who steered the journal over the 10 years of its publication. Other editors are: JoAnn Balingit, Michael Blaine, Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, John Elsberg, Richard Peabody, H.A. Maxson, and Kim Roberts. Roberts has taken a leadership role for most of the journal’s existence, as the magazine’s main administrator.

The first four issues of the journal were compiled by the editorial group, working in collaboration. After that time, the Delaware Poetry Review moved to a new model, with guest editors invited to curate issues. Thanks are due to JoAnn Balingit, Sarah Browning, Amanda Newell, and Billie Travalini, who each guest-edited an issue.

Jeffrey Lamar Coleman deserves special recognition: He edited two issues. Many of the poems were reprinted in the Cape Gazette, in a Poem of the Week feature, giving those poems a wider readership. After the death of co-founding editor John Elsberg in 2012, a tribute was a special feature of one issue.

Another special issue was dedicated to the memory of exceptional entertainer Prince, with 32 contributors selected from a national open call for entries.

“The magazine is an amazing record of the talent and diversity of voices from our region and beyond,” said co-editor Kim Roberts. “I’m thrilled to know we’ll be preserving these significant poems.”

Read all of the poetry published in Delaware Poetry Review at


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