Announcing The Mid-Atlantic Review 2023

Day Eight is pleased to announce release of The Mid-Atlantic Review 2023, a print compendium of literary work first published in our online magazine. The public are invited to join the contributors and editors for a release party, reading, and magazine fundraiser, Sunday, February 4th, 1:30-4:30pm. Space is limited and advance registration for the party is available on eventbrite here.

For this issue, the editors of the Mid-Atlantic Review selected thirty poems from more than ten times that number published in the online magazine in the prior year. The 2023 editors of the Mid-Atlantic Review include Gregory Luce, Anne Becker, Jeffrey Banks, Serena Agusto-Cox, Dwayne Lawson-Brown, and Robert Bettmann. This print issue also includes special sections commissioned or developed within projects produced by Day Eight in 2023, including:

  • A group of poems produced by the leadership and participants in the 2023 Diaspora Cafe DC retreat, supported by the DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs;
  • A group of poems written by youth participants in Day Eight’s Writing Camps, Arlington youth book, and summer youth employment program. The Arlington youth book was supported by grant from the National Poets Laureate Foundation;
  • A group of poems from our 2023 Birding and Poetry project, conducted with American Bird Conservancy, including poems commissioned from project resident poets Taylor Johnson, REIL, and Alberto Roblest;
  • The winner and honorable mentions of the Luce Prize, an award made to celebrate exceptional poets in their first four years of publication;
  • Poems by authors of books published by Day Eight in the prior year, including Regie Cabico, Alberto Roblest translated by Maritza Rivera, Brandon Douglas, Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Rebecca Bishophall, and Dominic McDonald.

The creation of The Mid-Atlantic Review 2023 was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and individual donors to Day Eight. The cover features artwork commissioned from Dana Ellyn, and the internal includes contributed art by Pat Goslee, Kaleb Friend, Wesley Clark, Pia Cruz, Alvaro Sanchez, and Alexandra Sherman. The magazine is available in Day Eight’s online bookstore now, and will be available for purchase at the launch party Sunday, February 4th. 

Founder and managing editor Robert Bettmann said, “This print issue is the first product produced since our rebranding of the magazine. For more than ten years, Day Eight produced the arts magazine written by artists called Bourgeon. Over time, Bourgeon became more of a literary magazine and the Board of Day Eight is excited to support the evolution of Day Eight’s service with publication of this first Mid-Atlantic Review print annual.”

To learn more about the magazine visit the online site here. To submit written work for the magazine view Day Eight’s submittable online here.