stories we love

February 7, 2018

In Ankara, Turkey, a public library in an old brick factory houses some 6,000 books. What’s surprising and wonderful about this library is that the books have been rescued from the trash by garbage collectors. With additional donations from local residents, “The collection grew so large the library now loans the salvaged books to schools, educational programs, and even prisons.” Read the CNN story Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books.
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photo posted by Rudaw English

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more new

January 29, 2018

Here’s another batch of new and “most anticipated” poetry books, thanks to Craig Morgan Teicher and NPR: The Personal Is Always Political: A 2018 Poetry Preview.

a different list

January 25, 2018

We like lists that suggest essential books and authors, and 12 Essential Spanish-Language Female Authors by Cristina Rivera Garza is no exception. The list includes stories, novels, and poetry, all sounding very tempting and most available in translation.

one more!

January 21, 2018

We thought it was over, but happened across one more best-of list: “Best” U.S. Poetry Books, 2000 – 2020 (a list in progress) by Bill Mohr.

prize

January 16, 2018

The Poetry Department would like to join the chorus of congratulations for Ocean Vuong, who has been awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for his debut collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press). Read the story in The Guardian.

When Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall invited poets statewide to submit work for an anthology, he may not have anticipated receiving some 2400 poems in response. Selecting the first 129 for the original volume wasn’t easy. As Marshall explains, “I received so many fine poems from so many talented poets that I knew I’d be making decisions between many poems that I admired equally, and I’d have to leave out many works that were quite good — and so I decided to set aside another several dozen poems to share with readers via a digital format.”

With the help of students from Jeff Dodd’s literary editing and design class at Gonzaga University, those poems have now been turned into four digital chapbooks, which can be viewed and downloaded here, free.

Our continuing gratitude to Tod Marshall for all he has contributed to poetry in Washington State during his two-year tenure.

in the pipeline

January 9, 2018

Hot on the heels of the 2017 best-of lists are 2018 poetry-books-to-watch-for lists. Here’s a starter:

Happy reading!

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