In her urgent poem “Trilliums”, the late Mary Oliver wanders through the natural world “listened to the earth-talk, the root-wrangle, the arguments of energy, the dreams lying just under the surface” as she obverses the trilliums in full bloom before eventually becoming the very flower of the poem’s name. In our pursuit of gentleness, nostalgia, and a reimagining of ‘home’, Frontier Poetry is launching a new contest called “Nature and Place”.
We’re looking for poems rich and robust in language, technique, and form that pay homage to the natural world and all of the small marvels that occur in nature. We’re also interested in poems that observe geography and the landscape of home. Frontier Poetry warmly encourages poets of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to submit. You're welcome here.
—I.S. Jones, Editor in Chief
Amaud Johnson was born and raised in Compton, California, educated at Howard University and Cornell University, Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, Red Summer, DarktownFollies, and Imperial Liquor (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020). A former Wallace StegnerFellow in Poetry at Stanford, MacDowell Fellow, and Cave Canem Fellow, his honors include the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Dorset Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Narrative Magazine, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review and elsewhere. His most recent collection was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2021 UNT Rilke Prize
As a thank you for your support for Frontier, we're able to offer these unique opportunities: The Poetry School is offering every submitter a 20% off discount code (average of $28 value) to one of their online courses! Head to their platform, find a course you're interested in, and use the code included in the confirmation message at checkout. The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class. Go to https://www.writingsalons.com/ to find a class and type in the code in the reply during checkout.
This option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions. The $149 option will provide three letters from three different editors. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.
We do not hold preference for any particular style or topic—we simply seek the best poem we can find. Send us work that is blister, that is color, that strikes hot the urge to live and be. For a sense of what we are looking for, read through our previously published poems or What We Look For. We warmly and sincerely invite all voices, and especially those that have been historically marginalized or under-heard to submit and partner with us.
We also highly encourage you to submit your poetry for free to our New Voices, open year-round. We pay our emerging NV poets $50 per poem, published every Friday. New Voices is the beating heart of Frontier, and we hope to read your work soon. Thank you so much for supporting the community of new and emerging poets.