The Journal of New Jersey Poets will hold its Issue 55 release reading this Wednesday, 4/18, from 6-8pm in the County College of Morris Learning Resource Center (LRC). Visitors should park in Lot 7. Directions and a campus map can be found here:

We’re looking forward to hearing the work of three contributors.

EMARI DIGIORGIO is the author of Girl Torpedo, the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become. She’s the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She’s received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.

MEGHAN PRIVITELLO is the author of A New Language for Falling out Love (YesYes Books, 2015), Notes on the End of the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), and One God at a Time (forthcoming, YesYes Books, 2019). Poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, A Public Space, Boston Review, Guernica, Best New Poets, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, & elsewhere. She is the recipient of a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

JOE SALERNO was born in the Bronx in 1947 and moved to New Jersey with his family when he was seven. He received his B.A. in English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he edited the literary magazine Now. His graduate work was done at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Donald Hall and Robert Hayden. In 1972, Joe won the Hopwood Award, Michigan’s most coveted prize for poetry. He continued to write and to publish in such well-known magazines as Wormwood Review and Yankee, and he received a 1982 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Joe Salerno died of lung cancer on November 22,1995. He is survived by his wife Beverly and his three children, David, Miriam, and Daniel.


Issue 55 will be in hand shortly–get your copy at our 4/18 release reading or for ten bucks post paid. Cover art by Hrvoje Slovenc.


Along with CCM’s Legacy Project, JNJP welcomes Richard Blanco this Thursday, 4/5.

Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey; and Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler. With Ruth Behar, he is co-creator of the blog Bridges to/from Cuba: Lifting the Emotional Embargo, which provides a cultural and artistic platform for sharing the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cubans across the globe. Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Blanco lives with his partner in Bethel, ME.



Join us for our Issue 55 release reading featuring Meghan Privitello, Emari DiGiorgio, and the work of Joe Salerno. Free and open to the public. Food, drinks, books, and JNJP’s newest issue will all be on hand. The event will run from 6-8pm in CCM’s LRC Gallery, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ. We look forward to seeing you!


JNJP would like to congratulate Meghan Privitello, winner of $1000 and this year’s Poets Prize for her poem “Epithalamium.” Congratulations, Meghan!

Joe Salerno‘s “Oration against Cicero” has been selected as our honorable mention poem.

Both poets will be featured at our release reading on 4/18 in Randolph, NJ. More details forthcoming.


Our deadline has been extended, through 12/1/17, for both regular and prize submissions. Click through to our guidelines for specifics.