Feb 7, 2006    #022
Contact: Michelle L. Hopkins

New Letters Poetry Selection to be Included in The Best American Poetry 2006

A poem by Jim Harrison that appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of New Letters magazine has been chosen for The Best American Poetry 2006. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, editor for the 2006 anthology, chose Harrison’s poem “On the Way to the Doctor’s.” The work was featured in New Letters alongside an interview with Harrison.

“This is a double honor, with the first honor coming when Harrison approached us with a large selection of his poems,” says New Letters editor Robert Stewart. “As one of this country’s most admired writers, Jim could take his pick of magazines for his work.”

Harrison is known for his trio of novellas, Legends of the Fall, and novels such as True North and Dalva, and a large filmography. Harrison also collaborated with current U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on a book of poems called Braided Creek.

The 2006 edition of The Best American Poetry, edited by Collins with series editor David Lehman, is scheduled for publication by Scribners in September.

New Letters has been publishing new work by writers and artists for over 70 years, often defining American literature in the 20th-21st centuries. Previously featuring new work in the pages of New Letters: J.D. Salinger, May Swenson, Alice Walker, Peal S. Buck, Annie Dillard, Rita Dove, Wendell Berry, and Andrei Codrescu.

New Letters is available by subscription by contacting the magazine at 5101 Rockhill Road, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo. 64110, (816) 235-1168, or Subscriptions are $22 for one year (four issues). Multi-year, new subscribers can receive the special edition, New American Essays, free on request. See also

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