An Annual Poetry Journal

Poetry International is one of the oldest and most respected literary journals in the world that’s specifically dedicated to poetry and poetics from around the globe.

Over the years, our annual journal has published work by such authors as Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott, Wislawa Szymborska, Jose Saramago, Eugenio Montale, Gabriela Mistral, Tomas Transtomer, Wole Soyinka, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, and numerous others.

Our contributors also included Adrienne Rich, Amir Saadi Yousseff, Carolyn Forche, Mahmoud Darwish, Li-Young Lee, Yehuda Amichai, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lyn Hejinian, Katie Ford, Christian Wiman, Malena Morling, Wanda Coleman, Valzhyna Mort, Kwame Dawes, Edward Hirsch, Gerald Stern, Chris Abani, Jean Valentine, Duo Duo, Jane Hirshfield, Bei Dao, Ewa Lipska, Eleanor Wilner, Anna Swir, Anne Waldman, Toi Derricotte, Dunya Mikhail, Robert Bly, Fady Joudah, Gary Soto, Jericho Brown, Nikola Madzirov, and numerous others.

Each issue feature sections and portfolios showcasing the poetics from various nations, such as Sweden, Russia, Mexico, Iraq, Vietnam, Chile, and Cuba.

Here's what people are saying about PI:

"New issue of Poetry International is an extraordinary gathering of poets. So many surprises and pleasures on offer--Ritsos, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, and the portfolio of Jane Hirshfield's work. Wonderful. Wonderful. Thank you. What a gift this is to readers everywhere."
—Christopher Merrill, acclaimed poet and Director of International Writing Program, University of Iowa

"Poetry International – an incredibly rich collection of the world’s finest poetry and the most innovative work."
—Citation for Editorial Excellence Award given by Poetry East West (China)

Important Links

  • PI Online
    In addition to publishing an annual print journal, Poetry International also publishes PI Online, which features many reviews, dispatches, interviews and poetry-related news.
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  • Upcoming Events
    Poetry International brings many acclaimed authors and important publishing industry professionals to San Diego.
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  • International Writers-in-Residence
    Each year Poetry International brings internationally respected poets and writers for brief residencies at the SDSU campus.
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  • PI in the Community
    Poetry International
    brings poetry to local schools and communities through our acclaimed programs: Poetic Youth and Voice for Change.
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