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American Poets Continuum Series

The American Poets Continuum Series will open from April 1 - April 30, 2024. (currently closed)

*Please note that unsolicited manuscripts sent outside of the open reading period will be recycled without response. BOA does not publish novels. Thank you.

The American Poets Continuum Series celebrates new collections of poetry by distinguished mid-career poets. Poets who have previously published a full-length book of poetry with a traditional publisher are eligible to submit to the American Poets Continuum Series via solicitation or during an open reading period. Open reading periods depend on our editorial calendar and are announced online via BOA's social media feeds and email newsletter.

Only paper submissions will be accepted. Please see the guidelines below for details.

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 65 pages, maximum of 120 pages of poetry.
  • Manuscript text should be at least 12 pt. font.
  • Manuscript pages should be one-sided.
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient return postage.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Note simultaneous submissions in your cover letter and notify BOA immediately should your submission be accepted elsewhere.
  • 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.
  • There is no submission fee associated with this reading period.
  • No AI-assisted submissions.

Manuscript submissions may be mailed to:

ATTN: Poetry Submission.

BOA Editions, Ltd.
ATTN: Poetry Submission
250 North Goodman Street, Suite 306
Rochester, NY 14607

Show Series Titles

Series Titles

The Dug-Up Gun Museum, Matt Donovan

Little Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell Edson, ed. Craig Morgan Teicher

A Tinderbox in Three Acts, Cynthia Dewi Oka

Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, Chen Chen

A Season in Hell with Rimbaud, Dustin Pearson

Field Notes from the Flood Zone, Heather Sellers

Useful Junk, Erika Meitner

A Cluster of Noisy Planets, Charles Rafferty

Diamonds, Camille Guthrie

Ceive, B.K. Fischer

Tenderness, Derrick Austin

The Naomi Letters, Rachel Mennies

I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, Kendra DeColo 

Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey, Craig Morgan Teicher

Mother Country, Elana Bell

Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Barbara Jane Reyes

Caw, Michael Waters

How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton, edited by Aracelis Girmay

Brand New Spacesuit, John Gallaher

Year of the Dog, Deborah Paredez 

Let's Become a Ghost Story, Rick Bursky

Rue, Kathryn Nuernberger

On the Shores of Welcome Home, Bruce Weigl

Cyborg Detective, Jillian Weise

The Human Half, Deborah Brown

Night Angler, Geffrey Davis

All Its Charms, Keetje Kuipers

The Tiny Journalist, Naomi Shihab Nye

In Country, Hugh Martin

Dresses from the Old Country, Laura Read

Clues from the Animal Kingdom, Christopher Kennedy

Holy Moly Carry Me, Erika Meitner

The Second O of Sorrow, Sean Thomas Dougherty

The Smoke of Horses, Charles Rafferty

All Soul Parts Returned, Bruce Beasley

Sky Country, Christine Kitano

Bye-Bye Land, Christian Barter

The Trembling Answers, Craig Morgan Teicher

Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, Janice Harrington

Mandatory Evacuation, Peter Makuck

The End of Pink, Kathryn Nuernberger

The Day’s Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech, Stephen Dobyns

Whereso, Karen Volkman

Celestial Joyride, Michael Waters

the black maria, Aracelis Girmay

Beautiful Wall, Ray Gonzalez

Antidote for Night, Marsha de la O

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

Testament, G.C. Waldrep

Why God Is a Woman, Nin Andrews

Fanny Says, Nickole Brown

In a Landscape, John Gallaher

The Chair: Prose Poems, Richard Garcia

Copia, Erika Meitner

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

The Keys to the Jail, Keetje Kuipers

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

No Need of Sympathy, Fleda Brown

Birth Marks, Jim Daniels

The Book of Goodbyes, Jillian Weise

Refuge, Adrie Kusserow

Theophobia, Bruce Beasley

To Keep Love Blurry, Craig Morgan Teicher

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010

The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, Barton Sutter

True Faith, Ira Sadoff

Kingdom Animalia, Aracelis Girmay

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

Gospel Night, Michael Waters

Transfer, Naomi Shihab Nye

Ennui Prophet, Christopher Kennedy

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

Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, Sean Thomas Dougherty

Burning of the Three Fires, Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Diwata, Barbara Jane Reyes

Chaos Is the New Calm, Wyn Cooper

Long Lens: New and Selected Poems, Peter Makuck

Cool Auditor, Ray Gonzalez

Sharp Stars, Sharon Bryan

Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, Matthew Shenoda

Carpathia, Cecilia Woloch

And, Michael Blumenthal

Struggling Times, Louis Simpson

The Heaven-Sent Leaf, Katy Lederer

The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, Wendy Mnookin

Voices, Lucille Clifton

Elephants and Butterflies, Alan Michael Parker

The Fortieth Day, Kazim Ali

Nomina, Karen Volkman

Sleeping with Houdini, Nin Andrews

Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, Christopher Kennedy

Disclamor, G.C. Waldrep

Peeping Tom’s Cabin: Comic Verse 1928-2008, X. J. Kennedy

Broken Hallelujahs, Sean Thomas Dougherty

Slope of the Child Everlasting, Laurie Kutchins

The Persistence of Objects, Richard Garcia

Darling Vulgarity, Michael Waters

The Burning of Troy, Richard Foerster

Woman Crossing a Field, Deena Linett

Splendor, Steve Kronen

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

The Hoopoe’s Crown, Jacqueline Osherow

Off-Season in the Promised Land, Peter Makuck

Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems 1986-2005, Ray Gonzalez

You & Yours, Naomi Shihab Nye

Postcards from the Interior, Wyn Cooper

American Children, Jim Simmerman

The Rooster’s Wife, Russell Edson

Angels for the Burning, David Mura

Farewell to the Starlight in Whiskey, Barton Sutter

Model Homes, Wayne Koestenbaum

Mercy, Lucille Clifton

Curious Conduct, Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems, Lola Haskins

Bright Hunter, Mark Irwin

The Orchard, Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Precipitates, Debra Kang Dean

Late, Cecilia Woloch

Is, Wayne Dodd

The Owner of the House: New Collected Poems 1940-2001, Louis Simpson

Life Watch, Willis Barnstone

Love Song with Motor Vehicles, Alan Michael Parker

Dumb Luck, Sam Hamill

The Guests at the Gate, Anthony Piccione

Mules of Love, Ellen Bass

The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, Ray Gonzalez

What He Took, Wendy Mnookin

Double Going, Richard Foerster

Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies, Charles Harper Webb

Book of My Nights, Li-Young Lee

Small Gods of Grief, Laure-Anne Bosselaar

A. Poulin, Jr. Selected Poems, Edited with an Introduction by Michael Waters

Jam, Joe-Anne McLaughlin

Rancho Notorious, Richard Garcia

Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems, Michael Waters

Smoke, Dorianne Laux

Tell Me, Kim Addonizio

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

Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems 1969-1999, Bill Knott

White City, Mark Irwin

The Tiger Iris, Joan Swift

Dusty Angel, Michael Blumenthal

Living Is What I Wanted: Last Poems, David Ignatow

To Get Here, Wendy Mnookin

The Vandals, Alan Michael Parker

We Didn’t Come Here for This, William B. Patrick

Cabato Sentora, Ray Gonzalez

Plus Shipping, Bob Hicok

Diana, Charles, & the Queen, William Heyen

Gratitude, Sam Hamill

Fuel, Naomi Shihab Nye

Trillium, Richard Foerster

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

Radiography, Bruce Bond

The Night Path, Laurie Kutchins

Against Distance, Peter Makuck

Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum, Michael Waters

Jimmy & Rita, Kim Addonizio

The Heat of Arrivals, Ray Gonzalez

The Terrible Stories, Lucille Clifton

I Have Tasted the Apple, Mary Crow

Quick, Now, Always, Mark Irwin

Crazy Horse in Stillness, William Heyen

These Upraised Hands, William B. Patrick

The Quicken Tree, Bill Knott

For the Kingdom, Anthony Piccione

The Fuehrer Bunker: The Complete Cycle, W.D. Snodgrass

Song, Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Red Suitcase, Naomi Shihab Nye

What We Carry, Dorianne Laux

Wordworks: Poems Selected and New, Richard Kostelanetz

Each in His Season, W.D. Snodgrass

The Book of Names: New and Selected Poems, Barton Sutter

Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Boulevard, Gerald Costanzo

Shenandoah and Other Verse Plays, Delmore Schwartz

John Logan: The Collected Fiction

Quilting: Poems 1987-1990, Lucille Clifton

The City in Which I Love You, Li-Young Lee

The Sunken Lightship, Peter Makuck

Isabella Gardner: The Collected Poems

John Logan: The Collected Poems

Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family, William B. Patrick

Next: New Poems, Lucille Clifton

Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980, Lucille Clifton

Hyam Plutzik: The Collected Poems

Seeing It Was So, Anthony Piccione

Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada, Bill Tremblay

Yin, Carolyn Kizer

People Live Here: Selected Poems 1949-1983, Louis Simpson

Signatures, Joseph Stroud

The Bridge of Change: Poems 1974-1980, John Logan

Things That Happen Where There Aren’t Any People, William Stafford

That Was Then: New and Selected Poems, Isabella Gardner

Not Just Any Death, Michael Waters

Living With Distance, Ralph J. Mills, Jr.

She, M.L. Rosenthal

The Fuhrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress, W.D. Snodgrass

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