Joshua Mehigan is a recent NEA Fellow. His first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP, 2004), was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His essay "I Thought You Were a Poet" won Poetry's 2011 Editors Prize and was reprinted by the German periodical Krachkultur, translated by Christopher Fricker.
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Harriet Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume I of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach.Poetry