Since 1983, Phoenix Poets has published contemporary poets with a keen awareness of the history and possibilities of poetry. Some of the qualities that embody the series include: feeling underscored by thought, the mind in motion, the eye and ear attentive, and formal ingenuity in the service of important subjects. The series looks to publish the best books of poetry being written in English, regardless of fashion. Over the years, books in the series have won major prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Awards, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, the Rome Prize in Literature, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Levis Reading Prize, the Rilke Prize, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, the National Book Award, the Blackwell Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.
The Phoenix Poets series is edited by an anonymous board of editors and coordinated at the Press by managing editor Randolph Petilos. The series is closed to unsolicited submissions.