The American Poetry Review

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The American Poetry Review
The American Poetry Review September October 2003 cover.jpg
September/October 2003 cover
EditorElizabeth Scanlon
Former editorsDavid Bonanno, Stephen Berg, Arthur Vogelsang
FounderStephen Berg and Stephen Parker [1]
Year founded1972
CompanyWorld Poetry Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inThe University of the Arts

The American Poetry Review (APR) is an American poetry magazine printed every other month on tabloid-sized newsprint. It was founded in 1972 by Stephen Berg and Stephen Parker[1] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The magazine's editor is Elizabeth Scanlon.


The American Poetry Review was founded by Berg and Parker in 1972 in Philadelphia.[2] The magazine lacked capital but had "significant support in the national poetry community" according to the magazine's website. In 1973, David Bonanno, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, joined APR and served as editor of the publication until his death, in 2017.[3] The poet Arthur Vogelsang also joined as editor that year, remaining until 2006.[4] By 1976, the publication was being produced and distributed more efficiently, making it "the most widely circulated poetry magazine ever". In 1977, the publication began paying out small salaries to editors and staff and small payments to authors.[5]

In 2001, W.W. Norton & Co. published the anthology The Body Electric: America's Best Poetry from The American Poetry Review. Among the 180 poets included from the pages of APR are Ai, John Ashbery, John Berryman, Charles Bukowski, Lucille Clifton, Carolyn Forche, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, Kenneth Koch, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Derek Walcott.[6]

Founding editor Berg died in 2014.[7] Elizabeth Scanlon is the current editor in chief.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Univ.of Pennsylvania, American Poetry Review Record, Ms. Coll. 349, P.1
  2. ^ "American Poetry Review". New Pages. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "Association of Writers & Writing Programs".
  4. ^ "Arthur Vogelsang". 15 October 2021.
  5. ^ History Archived 2007-02-02 at the Wayback Machine The American Poetry Review Web site, Retrieved January 26, 2007
  6. ^ Publisher "W. W. Norton" Web site, Retrieved July 13, 2015
  7. ^ "Stephen Berg, 79, poet, teacher, editor".
  8. ^ "The Life of the Mind: A Conversation with Elizabeth Scanlon". 18 June 2018.

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