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Poetry East, edited by Richard Jones, is committed to an art that is immediate, accessible, and universal. Poetry East is described by Choice as “one of the best current journals of poetry” and ranked by London’s Poetry Review as one of the top 20 literary journals in the United States.

Poetry East is an international magazine of poetry, translations, criticism, interviews, and art. Poetry East is an independent magazine affiliated with DePaul University and based in Chicago, Illinois.

I have never heard literary magazines, or poetry collections for that matter, referred to as ‘page turners,’ but there is a kind of lightness in these poems that leads to precisely this end.

Poetry East has a minimalist sensibility and provides the reader with straight-forward words on a page. No nonsense, just poems. Readers of short free verse will not be disappointed.

Edited by acclaimed poet and professor of English at DePaul University Richard Jones, Poetry East is fit to stand alongside top tier literary magazines.”

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Richard Jones is the author of several books of poems, including Country of Air, At Last We Enter Paradise, A Perfect Time, 48 Questions, The Blessing, Apropos of Nothing, and The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning. His most recent book is King of Hearts. Anthologized in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems and Billy Collins’s Poetry 180, his poems have been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, and The Writer’s Almanac. He is a professor of English at DePaul University. Visit his personal website at https://richardjonespoetry.wordpress.com/.


David Welch
Managing Editor

Maddy Funk
Associate Editor

Patty Kelsey
Editorial Intern