American Poets Continuum Series


BOA accepts submissions to the American Poets Continuum Series during January and February of each year. Please read and follow the below submission guidelines prior to submitting any material.

*Note that unsolicited manuscripts sent outside of the open reading period will be recycled without response. 

American Poets Continuum Series Submission Guidelines:



  • Submit only one book-length, complete manuscript at a time. If two manuscripts are sent, both will be recycled.
  • Manuscript should be a minimum of 48 pages, maximum of 100 pages of poetry.
  • Manuscript format should be at least 11pt. font.
  • Manuscript pages should be one-sided.
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient return postage.
  • Send the manuscript Attn: Poetry Submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please state so in the cover letter.
  • Include a cover letter. Do not include a résumé or vitae.
  • Include title, publisher, and publication year of previous full-length poetry collections you have published.
  • Please note that manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.
Allow a minimum of four to five months for reply.

American Poets Continuum Series Titles

American Children, Jim Simmerman

And, Michael Blumenthal

Angels for the Burning, David Mura

A. Poulin, Jr. Selected Poems, A. Poulin, Jr.

Against Distance, Peter Makuck

At My Ease: Uncollected Poems of the Fifties and Sixties, David Ignatow

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, Lucille Clifton

Book of My Nights, Li-Young Lee

Book of Names: New and Selected Poems, Barton Sutter

Bright Hunger, Mark Irwin

Broken Hallelujahs, Sean Thomas Dougherty

Burning of the Three Fires, Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Cabato Sentora, Ray Gonzalez

Carpathia, Cecilia Woloch

Chaos Is the New Calm, Wyn Cooper

City in Which I Love You, Li-Young Lee

Cool Auditor, Ray Gonzalez

Consideration of the Guitar, Ray Gonzalez

Crazy Horse In Stillness, William Heyen

Curious Conduct, Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Darling Vulgarity, Michael Waters

Desire Lines, Lola Haskins

Diana, Charles, & the Queen, William Heyen

Disclamor, G.C. Waldrep

Diwata, Barbara Jean Reyes

Double Going, Richard Foerster

Dumb Luck, Sam Hamill

Dusty Angel, Michael Blumenthal

Each in His Season, W. D. Snodgrass

Elephants & Butterflies, Alan Michael Parker

Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, Christopher Kennedy

Ennui Prophet, Christopher Kennedy

Farewell to the Starlight in Whiskey, Barton Sutter

For the Kingdom, Anthony Piccione

Fuehrer Bunker, W. D. Snodgrass

Fuel, Naomi Shihab Nye

Good Woman, Lucille Clifton

Gratitude, Sam Hamill

Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum, Michael Waters

Heat of Arrivals, Ray Gonzalez

Hyam Plutzik: The Collected Poems, Hyam Plutzik

I Have Tasted the Apple, Mary Crow

Is, Wayne Dodd

Jam, Joe-Anne McLaughlin

Late, Cecilia Woloch

Life Watch, Willis Barnstone

Living Is What I Wanted: Last Poems, David Ignatow

Living with Distance, Ralph Mills

Long Lens: New and Selected Poems, Peter Makuck

Love Song with Motor Vehicles, Alan Michael Parker

Mercy, Lucille Clifton

Model Homes, Wayne Koestenbaum

Mules of Love, Ellen Bass

Next, Lucille Clifton

Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Blvd.,Gerald Costanzo

Nomina, Karen Volkman

Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems, W. D. Snodgrass

Not Just Any Death, by Michael Waters

Off-Season in the Promised Land, Peter Makuck

Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems, Michael Waters

Peeping Tom's Cabin, X.J. Kennedy

Postcards from the Interior, Wyn Cooper

Precipitates, Debra Kang Dean

Quick, Now, Always, Mark Irwin

Quilting, Lucille Clifton

Radiography, Bruce Bond

Rancho Notorious, Richard Garcia

Red Suitcase, Naomi Shihab Nye

Roxa, William Patrick

Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, Sean Thomas Dougherty

Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, Matthew Shenoda

Sharp Stars, Sharon Bryan

Shenandoah, Delmore Schwartz

Sleeping with Houdini, Nin Andrews

Slope of the Child Everlasting, Laurie Kutchins

Small Gods of Grief, Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Smoke, Dorianne Laux

Song, Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Splendor, Steve Kronen

Sunken Lightship, Peter Makuck

Struggling Times, Louis Simpson

Tell Me, Kim Addonizio

The Burning of Troy, Richard Foerster

The Collected Poems, Isabella Gardner

The Collected Poems, John Logan

The Furhrer Bunker--A cycle of poems in progress, W.D. Snodgrass

The Fortieth Day, Kazim Ali

The Guests at the Gate, Anthony Piccione

The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, Ray Gonzalez

The Heaven-Sent Leaf, Katy Lederer

The Hoopoe's Crown, Jacqueline Osherow

The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, Wendy Mnookin

The Night Path, Laurie Kutchins

The Orchard, Brigit Pegeen Kelly

The Owner of the House, Louis Simpson

The Persistence of Objects, Richard Garcia

The Quicken Tree, Bill Knott

The Rooster's Wife, Russell Edson

The Terrible Stories, Lucille Clifton

The Tiger Iris, Joan Swift

The Vandals, Alan Michael Parker

These Upraised Hands, William Patrick

To Get Here, Wendy Mnookin

Trillium, Richard Foerster

Voices, Lucille Clifton

What He Took, Wendy Mnookin

What We Carry, Dorianne Laux

White City, Mark Irwin

Woman Crossing a Field, Deena Linett

Wordworks, Richard Kostelanetz

You & Yours, Naomi Shihab Nye

Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher

Ennui Prophet, Christopher Kennedy

Transfer, Naomi Shihab Nye

Gospel Night, Michael Waters

The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, Janice N. Harrington

Kingdom Animalia, Aracelis Girmay

True Faith, Ira Sadoff

The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, Barton Sutter

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, Edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser

To Keep Love Blurry, Craig Morgan Teicher

Theophobia, Bruce Beasley

Refuge, Adrie Kusserow

The Book of Goodbyes, Jillian Weise

Birth Marks, Jim Daniels

No Need of Sympathy, Fleda Brown

There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat with a Stick, Michael Teig

The Keys to the Jail, Keetje Kuipers

All You Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014, Sean Thomas Dougherty

Copia, Erika Meitner

The Chair, Richard Garcia

In a Landscape, John Gallaher

Fanny Says, Nickole Brown

Why God is a Woman, Nin Andrews

Testament, G.C. Waldrep

I'm No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance, Rick Bursky

Antidote for Night, Marsha de la O

Beautiful Wall, Ray Gonzalez

The Black Maria, Aracelis Girmay

Celestial Joyride, Michael Waters

Whereso, Karen Volkman