A Letter from Our Founding Editors

Dear Friends,

We are writing with some good personal news and with equally good news about Poetry Daily’s future:

At the end of 2018 we will be retiring from PD, something we have been planning for a while now. Needless to say, as we have looked ahead to this change we have spent quite a bit of time thinking back through 21+ years of editorial pleasures; but we have also spent time recalling the many readers and friends whose encouragement, advice, and support have kept us going all this time. Thank you all, again and again!!

At the same time, we are excited to report that we have found a great new home and energetic new blood to carry on with PD. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Poetry Daily will be published out of George Mason University (our neighbors to the north of our non-virtual home of Charlottesville, Virginia) under the editorship of poets Peter Streckfus and Sally Keith, along with poet Aaron McCollough, associate editor for production and director of George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing; and under the administrative guidance of Gregg Wilhelm, Director of Creative Writing, in collaboration with PD’s board of directors.

You can look forward to some fresh ideas, happily, after all these years, but the mission of the Daily Poetry Association, Poetry Daily’s nonprofit parent organization, and PD remains the same: “to make it easier for people to find poets and poetry they like and to help publishers bring news of their books, magazines, and journals to more people.”

Of course, another crucial aspect of the work will remain unchanged – the perennial challenge of finding the financial support necessary to continue PD’s work on behalf of our readers, poets, and poetry. As everyone knows who has had even the slightest experience of the operational realities faced by colleges and universities in recent years, the challenge of finding financial support for PD will continue unchanged, every year, as it has for its first 21 years online.

We have been working hard with the Mason team in recent months to help make the move as smooth as possible. We can’t say enough about their enthusiasm for PD, their grasp of PD’s past, and their thoughtful imagination in looking to its future. We will remain active on PD’s board and advise the new team in any way we can.

Check out this press release for additional details about Poetry Daily’s move to Mason. We hope you will join us in welcoming and supporting Peter (pstreckf@gmu.edu), Sally (skeith3@gmu.edu), Aaron (amccollo@gmu.edu),and Gregg (gwilhelm@gmu.edu) as they begin their new duties!

With warmest regards,

Don Selby & Diane Boller