- “Every issue of Poet Lore is inspiring, for it shows that the little-magazine tradition has been alive and well since 1889, with the magazine’s founding. (Even Walt Whitman wanted aboard.) I appreciate the skillful editorial steering of this ship and the crew’s loyalty to the cause of assuring a literary legacy. Walt would be proud.
—David Ray, poet and former editor of The Chicago Review, Epoch, and founding editor of New Letters
- “Poet Lore does what poetry journals are supposed to do: it gives new voices a place to sing and old voices a place to harmonize.
—A.B. Spellman, poet, music critic, and founding member of the Black Arts Movement
- “Poet Lore is a wonderful thing—a venue with a venerable tradition and a cutting-edge presence. I’m grateful for the support the magazine showed me [when I was starting out], and for the forum it provides to writers from across the spectrum now.”
—D. Nurkse, former poet laureate of Brooklyn and human rights writer
- “Poet Lore has set the standard for poetry magazines in this country since 1889. There is none better. It is an honor to have appeared in its pages.”
—Pablo Medina, poet, translator, and Rockefeller and National Endowment for the Arts fellow
- “When I was growing up my father always had copies of Poet Lore lying around the house or in his office. It was one of the first literary magazines I read and I have admired the poems I’ve found in its pages ever since.”
—Natasha Trethewey, current U.S. Poet Laureate
- “Poet Lore was the first magazine to ever publish my work way back when I was a college basketball player in South Carolina.”
—Terrance Hayes, poet, educator, and 2010 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry
- “I feel honored to have first published in Poet Lore….As a young writer, I find it especially encouraging to know that there are still great magazines providing opportunities to those of us who are just breaking into the publishing scene.”
—Kimi Cunningham Grant, poet, writer, and winner of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry