Issue 81

May 29, 2020

Issue #81 finds us saying goodbye to two editorial aces, Alexia Kemerling
and Matt Mitchell, who now join a distinguished list of HPR alums. Alexia
ruled the slush box with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Matt showed me how
to do a reverse tomahawk jam on Submittable. They will be missed. I will
take this moment to remind our readers that we do not charge for Submittable, but we ask that you limit your submissions on that platform to one per
year. However, you can submit hard copies to us year round. The HPR is also
fortunate to have the varied skills and aesthetic sensibilities of Quinn, Lauren
and Kerry on tap for issue #82.
As for guidelines for issue 82—here are some things that come to mind
regarding art and poetry—we don’t know what Bill Murray whispers to
Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost in Translation. Philip Sidney believed
that the purpose of poetry was to delight and instruct. Aristotle says that all
people enjoy representation. Kendrick Lamar raps that he is blacker than the
heart of an Aryan. Wallace Stevens suggests that the “great poem of the earth
has yet to be written.”
Willard Greenwood
Editor, HPR



Issue 80

June 14, 2019

Hello All,

Please note that the HPR is now accepting poems through submittable without any fees. With this mind, please limit yourself to one submission through per year. If you want to submit again, please send your poems by regular mail. We want to hear from as many new writers as possible. The HPR is still accepting email submissions from international writers.



Issue 79

May 4, 2018

Hello all

It’s that time of the year again! Issue 79 has now been uploaded, and as usual, is full of great works of poetry. You can access the PDF file from link below.



Issue 78

June 11, 2017

Hello All.

Hiram Poetry Review Issue 78 has now been uploaded. You can read the amazing poems we received by clicking the link below.



Issue 76

December 2, 2016

Hello everyone

It has been brought to our attention that Issue 76 has never been uploaded. So, below is the PDF copy of issue 76. Issue 78 is coming along very nicely. We hope to publish it during April, as usual.



Correction on Issue 77

May 11, 2016


We would like to make a correction in Issue 77. The name of the author of If I Leave My Mind Before My Body, Maria LeBeau, has been misspelled. Her name is Marcia LeBeau.

Below is a poster for the 50th anniversary for HPR as well as the Issue 77.

hpr 50th anniv poster




Change in submission requirement

September 22, 2015

We have changed our submission requirements, which will begin in October.

We now require a SASE for response.

ONLY INTERNATIONAL writers may submit by e-mail.


Interview with Editor Greenwood

January 20, 2015

Below is the link to an interview that our Editor, Willard Greenwood gave to Mr. Stanley Trice regarding the Hiram Poetry Review.


We are also pleased to announce that we are in the final editing stages for  Issue 76 of HPR. The editorial staff has been working hard on the upcoming issue and hope to publish it in April.


Hiram Poetry Review Issue 75

May 1, 2014

The link below is to the newest issue of the Hiram Poetry Review:




HPR Spring 2013 Issue #74

April 14, 2014

Through a collective effort, Willard Greenwood and his editorial student-assistants thoroughly judged and selected the poems of what is now issue seventy-four of the Hiram Poetry Review. 2013 marks the forty-seventh year of continuous publication and as always, it presents distinctive, witty, and heroic contemporary poetry (and one review) in forty-six pages.

Greenwood states that the mission of HPR is to “find the odd work of erratic genius; to discover the undiscovered; to advance the careers of the accomplished poet” and it is clear that issue seventy-four has successfully accomplished that mission.

Please see John Edward Keough’s, “So Rude That The Flowers Grow And Do Not Grow Beautiful.” This is Keough’s debut publication and just one poem that demonstrate HPR’s ability to find poetry that is erratically genius and undiscovered.

Please read the issue here: HPR2013 (1)