The Cleveland State University Poetry Center was established in 1962 to promote poetry through readings and community outreach. In 1971 it expanded its mission to become a national non-profit independent press and has since published nearly 200 rangy, joyful, profound, astonishing, and aesthetically diverse collections of contemporary poetry and prose by established and emerging authors. The CSU Poetry Center currently acquires manuscripts through three annual contests (one dedicated to publishing and promoting first books of poetry, one to supporting an established poet’s career, and one to publishing collections of literary essays). In addition to publishing, the Poetry Center actively promotes contemporary literature through an annual reading series, collaborative art events, participation in national writing conferences, and as an educational resource for Cleveland State University’s undergraduate, M.A., and N.E.O.M.F.A. students by involving students in the editorial and production aspects of literary publishing.
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The CSU Poetry Center publishes 3-5 collections of innovative contemporary poetry and prose a year.
We run three annual national contests: First Book Poetry, Open Book Poetry, and Essay Collection.