Beltway Poetry Quarterly is themed "Poets in Federal Government" and features 25 poets, all current or former employees of the U.S. Government, writing about their work experience.
This special issue is co-edited by Kim Roberts and Michael Gushue. As Michael Gushue writes in his introduction, "These poems address the niches and pockets of civil service...and the interstices to be found in work, and work's aftermath." Writing from the tradition of Walt Whitman (Department of Justice), Paul Lawrence Dunbar (Library of Congress), Georgia Douglas Johnson (Department of Labor), Liam Rector (National Endowment for the Arts), and Joel Barlow (Department of State), the poets in this issue "yoke together their dual vocations and sing just a bit of the office electric."
Contributors: Susanne Bostick Allen, Nancy Allinson, J.H. Beall, Paulette Beete, Grace Cavalieri, Barbara DeCesare, Carol Dorf, Laura Fargas, Patricia Gray, Paul Hopper, Donald Illich, Jaime Lee Jarvis, Carol J. Jennings, Susan Mahan, Greg McBride, Mark Osaki, Karen Sagstetter, M.A. Schaffner, Pepper Smith, A.B. Spellman, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Davi Walders, Terence Winch, Pamela Murray Winters, and Ed Zahniser.
Beltway Poetry Quarterly is an online literary journal and resource bank, showcasing the literary community in Washington, DC and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region since 2000.