Best of the Net Nominations / Blue Heron Review

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It is an honor to curate and bring you a wonderful selection of thoughtful, meditative poetry in Blue Heron Review. I am proud of each and every one of our talented contributors. I wish I could have nominated more than 6 authors for the Best of the Net awards. Please join me in celebrating the work of these fine writers. The following poets nominated appear in either BHR Issue 13 Fall 2021 / or BHR Issue 14 Spring 2022.

Visit the BHR 13 and BHR 14 pages of this site to read all of these beautiful poems. Simply scroll down to find the work of each author within the issue.

Nominations from BHR Issue 13 Fall 2021

Donna H DiCello / “Is the World Too Full to Talk About?”
Jackie Langetieg / “I Never Knew”


Nominations from BHR Issue 14 Spring 2022

Jessica Lee McMillan / “Transmission of Joy”
Elisabeth Harrahy / “Goodbye, Professor”
Jess L Parker / “Nesting”
Cheryl Byler Keeler / “Sixty-two”

Thank you for supporting our authors. We value our Blue Heron readers!

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

Best of the Net Nominations for Blue Heron Review

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Congratulations to all of our Best of the Net nominees! Every year, it is always so difficult to choose just 6 poems from an array of beautiful selections. I am so proud of all of our BHR contributors. Please know that I take great care in reading and re-reading issues, before making choices. So thankful to have the opportunity to publish such remarkable work by poets from across North America and around the world.

BHR Issue 8 Summer 2017 (release date, end of July 2017)

1. Emily Bowles / “A Scale, My Fate”

2. Gail Tirone / “If Not for Grace”

3. Kristen Baum DeBeasi / “African Violets”

4. Kelsey Dean / “Paper Stars”


BHR Issue 9 Winter 2018 (release date, end of February 2018)

1. Prerna Bakshi / “Watching my father make paper boats”

2. Maryann Hurtt / “Born Again”


Cristina M. R. Norcross
Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

Blue Heron Review Best of the Net Nominations

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Blue Heron Review is honored to publish very fine work from all of our contributors. Below is a list of 6 poems by poets whom we have nominated for the Best of the Net prize. These poems were all published in Blue Heron Review between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Congratulations and good luck to all of our nominees!

Best of the Net Nominations

Caitlin Johnson: “Tierra” from BHR Summer (July) 2014

Patrice Boyer Claeys: “Waiting for the Elevator” from BHR Summer (July) 2014

Trina Gaynon: “Orbits” from BHR Winter (February) 2015

Marzelle Robertson: “Road from Castolon 2” from BHR Winter (February) 2015

Lauren K Carlson: “Directions Home” from BHR Winter (February) 2015

Kiarra Lynn Smith: “August” from BHR Winter (February) 2015

(*To read individual poems, click on the issue link and scroll down to that particular poet.)