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Welcome to Grayson Books

Poets were the first to teach mankind.

– Horace

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

– Plato

Poetry is an independent ambassador for conscience: It answers to no one, it crosses borders without a passport, and it speaks the truth. That's why ... it is one of the most powerful of the arts.

– Ellen Hinsey

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful

– Rita Dove

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.

– Allen Ginsberg

I believe in the voice of experience, and in poetry that bears the smudge marks of having been in the human fire—time, failure, error, distress, loss, rage, attachment. I believe that the most joyful poem has to bear the logo of suffering, our sponsor.

– Tony Hoagland

...Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

– Robert Frost

For every poet it is always morning in the world. History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.

– Derek Walcott

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

– John Ashbery

Lyric poetry is interpersonal. It speaks from one interior to another and creates an intimacy between strangers. It enables a connection that can cut deeper than the ones we actually experience in ordinary life, regular time. It speaks to us from beyond the grave. It crosses borders and even languages; it floats down to us through the centuries.

– Ed Hirsch

It is a magical art, and always has been -- a making of language spells designed to open our eyes, open our doors and welcome us into a bigger world, one of possibilities we may never have dared to dream of.

– Roger Housden

About Us

During times of celebration, of uncertainty, of transition, and of loss, people turn to poetry. It is as vital as ever.

Grayson Books publishes poetry anthologies, collections, and chapbooks by some of America’s most talented poets.



The Grayson Books Poetry Prize will accept submissions beginning on June 1st. This is open to all poets writing in English. Deadline is August 15th. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 prize, publication, and 10 copies. Dick Allen will serve as judge. For more information, see the submissions page. To find out about the 2013 winner, check out Frederick Foote’s book, Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War.

We are pleased to announce that Marion Boyer has won the 2014 Grayson Book Chapbook Competition for her manuscript, Composing the Rain. Our judge, Edwina Trentham said of it, “This extraordinarily original and powerful collection of poems strikes me as nearly flawless…brilliantly written...a beautiful piece of work."
Congratulations also go to Jessica Cuello. Her collection My Father’s Bargain was selected as First Runner Up.
Three other finalists are also to be commended:
Kathryn Winograd for one bird tilted
Charles Atkison for River Tooth’s Advice
and Paul David Adkins for Busting the Beautiful Cage
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