Five Years of Debut Poets

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 1.1.10

In 2005 Poets & Writers Magazine started publishing annual roundups of debut poets, and each year we continue to follow the careers of those who have shared their words of inspiration and advice with us. What follows is a list of all sixty-six featured poets and their first collections—and, in some instances, their second and even their third.


Dan Albergotti
The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008)

William Archila
The Art of Exile (Bilingual Press, 2009)

Andrea Baker
Like Wind Loves a Window (Slope Editions, 2005) → gather (moneyshot editions, 2006)

Christian Barter
The Singers I Prefer (CavanKerry Press, 2005)

Nathaniel Bellows
Why Speak? (Norton, 2007)

Roger Bonair-Agard
Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books, 2007)

Todd Boss
Yellowrocket (Norton, 2008)

Geoff Bouvier
Living Room (American Poetry Review, 2005)

Daniel Brenner
The Stupefying Flashbulbs (Fence Books, 2006)

Jericho Brown
Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008)

Leslie Bumstead
Cipher/Civilian (Edge Books, 2005)

Victoria Chang
Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005) → Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008)

Michael Cirelli
Lobster with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Hanging Loose Press, 2008)

Brian Culhane
The King’s Question (Graywolf Press, 2008)

Christina Davis
Forth a Raven (Alice James Books, 2006)

Albert Flynn DeSilver
Letters to Early Street (La Alameda Press, 2007) → Walking Tooth and Cloud (French Connection Press, 2007)

Geri Doran
Resin (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

K. E. Duffin
King Vulture (University of Arkansas Press, 2005)

Kate Durbin
The Ravenous Audience
(Akashic Books/Black Goat, 2009)

Robin Ekiss
The Mansion of Happiness (University of Georgia Press, 2009) 

Thomas Sayers Ellis
The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press, 2005)

Landis Everson
Everything Preserved (Graywolf Press, 2006) 

Vievee Francis
Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006)

Santee Frazier

Dark Thirty (University of Arizona Press, 2009)

Frank Giampietro
Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books, 2008)

January Gill O’Neil
Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009)

Aracelis Girmay
Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007)

Dana Goodyear
Honey and Junk (W. W. Norton, 2005)

Sarah Gridley
Weather Eye Open (University of California Press, 2005) → Green Is the Orator (University of California Press, 2010)

Alena Hairston
The Logan Topographies (Persea Books, 2007)

Anthony Hawley
The Concerto Form (Shearsman Books, 2006) → Autobiography/Oughtabiography (Counterpath Press, 2007) → Forget Reading (Shearsman Books, 2008)

Thomas Heise
Horror Vacui (Sarabande Books, 2006)

Tyehimba Jess
Leadbelly (Verse Press, 2005)

Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan
Shadow Mountain (Four Way Books, 2008)

Ish Klein
Union! (Canarium Books, 2009)

Dorothea Lasky
Awe (Wave Books, 2007) 

Corinne Lee
PYX (Penguin, 2005)

Joseph O. Legaspi
Imago (CavanKerry Press, 2007)

Alex Lemon
Mosquito (Tin House Books, 2006) → Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed, 2008) → Happy (Scribner, 2009) → Fancy Beasts (Milkweed Editions, 2010)

Ada Limón
lucky wreck (Autumn House Press, 2006) → Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010)

Éireann Lorsung
Music for Landing Planes By (Milkweed Editions, 2007)

Sheryl Luna
Pity the Drowned Horses (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)

Justin Marks
A Million in Prizes (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2009)

Chris Martin
American Music
(Copper Canyon Press, 2007)

Dawn Lundy Martin
A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007)

María Meléndez
How Long She’ll Last in This World (University of Arizona Press, 2006) → Flexible Bones (University of Arizona Press, 2010)

Rusty Morrison
Whethering (Center for Literary Publishing, 2005) → True Keeps Calm Biding its Story (Ahshata Press, 2008)

Anna Moschovakis
I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone (Turtle Point Press, 2006)

Kristin Naca
Bird Eating Bird (Harper Perennial, 2009) 

Kristin Palm
The Straits (Palm Press, 2008)

Kiki Petrosino
Fort Red Border (Sarabande Books, 2009)

Khadijah Queen
Conduit (Akashic Books/Black Goat, 2008)

Elizabeth Reddin
The Hot Garment of Love Is Insecure (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007)

Matthew Shenoda
Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005) → Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions, 2009)

Laura Sims
Practice, Restraint (Fence Books, 2005) → Stranger (Fence Books, 2009) 

Ed Skoog
Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009)

Lytton Smith
The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009)

Susan B. A. Somers-Willett
Roam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006) → Quiver (University of Georgia Press, 2009)

Mark Sullivan
Slag (Texas Tech University Press, 2005)

David Tucker
Late for Work (Mariner Books, 2006) 

Sally Van Doren
Sex at Noon Taxes (Louisiana State University, 2008) 

Orlando White
Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009)

Steve Willard
Harm (University of California Press, 2007) 

Karen S. Williams
Elegy for a Scarred Shoulder (Aquarius Press, 2008)

Ronaldo V. Wilson
Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) → Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009)

Catherine Wing
Enter Invisible (Sarabande Books, 2005)