In our New American Poets Series, the PSA recognizes some of the most innovative and interesting poets to publish a first book. For our 2013 feature, we asked previous New American Poets to select favorites and write a brief introduction to their work. Each poet is represented below by a poem along with this introductory statement. New American Poets has been presented biannually since 2003; browse the archives to discover notable new poets of the last decade!

2013

Michael Flatt, selected by J. Michael Martinez

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, selected by Aracelis Girmay

Simone White, selected by Anna Moschovakis

Lynn Xu, selected by Cathy Park Hong

Gary Jackson, selected by Jennifer Chang

Anthony Madrid, selected by Timothy Donnelly

Natalie Diaz, selected by Adrian Matejka

Allison Seay, selected by Joshua Poteat

HR Hegnauer, selected by Eric Baus

Lauren Shufran, selected by Rebecca Wolff

Jane Gregory, selected by Amanda Nadelberg

Jordan Davis, selected by Katie Degentesh

Josh Bell, selected by Mark Bibbins

2011

Orlando White, selected by Kazim Ali

Karen Weiser, selected by Prageeta Sharma

Shane Book, selected by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Tim Z. Hernandez, selected by Major Jackson

Farid Matuk, selected by Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Ashley Capps, selected by Oni Buchanan

Dilruba Ahmed, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil  

Amanda Nadelberg, selected by Chris Martin

Reginald Dwayne Betts, selected by Jericho Brown

J. Michael Martinez, selected by Carmen Giménez Smith

Robert Fernandez, selected by Robyn Schiff

Joshua Edwards, selected by Srikanth Reddy

James Shea, selected by Sarah Gridley

giovanni singleton, selected by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Elyse Fenton, selected by Rachel Zucker

Jonathan Thirkield, selected by Arda Collins

2009

Zach Savich

Jennifer Chang

Meghan O'Rourke

Matthew Dickman

Katie Degentesh

Jennifer Kronovet

Fred Moten

Anna Moschovakis

David Lau

Aracelis Girmay

Joseph Massey

Michael Dickman

Jericho Brown

Carmen Giménez Smith

Arda Collins

Chris Martin

2007

Janice N. Harrington

Robyn Schiff

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Stuart Greenhouse

Sarah Gridley

Maureen Thorson

Misty Harper

Maya Pindyck

Jay Hopler

Jessica Fjeld

Idra Novey

Cecily Parks

Kazim Ali

Tyehimba Jess

Corinne Lee

Tony Tost

Richard Siken

Douglas Kearney

Stephanie Young

Dan Chelotti

2005

Srikanth Reddy

Dorothea Tanning

Spencer Reece

Eric Baus

Ilya Kaminsky

Andrea Baker

Dan Chiasson

K. E. Allen

Miranda Field

Lyrae Van-Clief Stefanon

Joshua Poteat

Adrian Matejka

Chelsey Minnis

Sherwin Bitsui

Justin Goldberg

Oni Buchanan

Joshua Corey

Cathy Park Hong

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Mark Bibbins

2003

Quan Barry

David Berman

Jeff Clark

Michael Earl Craig

Matthea Harvey

Christine Hume

Major Jackson

Paul Killebrew

Mong-Lan

Dawn Lundy Martin

Constance Merritt

Prageeta Sharma

Brenda Shaughnessey

Spencer Short

Kerri Webster

Rebecca Wolff

Rachel Zucker

Timothy Donnelly

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Tess Taylor