The programming inspired by this year’s Whatcom READS title, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, includes a poetry reading by Robert Lashley, one of this year’s judges for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. The book is terrific, the reading, this evening, Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 7:00pm, is free, and sign-in information is here.

a few more bests

January 6, 2021

The 2020 best-of posts keep showing up, so here are a few more for your reading list:

last best for 2020

December 31, 2020

While the year’s best-of selections may continue into the early months of 2021, this will be our final post for 2020 and the latest collection of favorites.

Happy reading… and Happy New Year!

more titles

December 21, 2020

Even as the critics and publications are declaring their favorites for 2020, they are still offering up current recommendations, such as:

a little something

December 18, 2020

Here’s a little something from the University of Arizona Poetry Center. In “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” Library Specialist Julie Swarstad Johnson suggests making a simple folded book, known as a pants book, and using the pages to explore the liminal space between the old year and the new. There’s a short instructive video and a handful of prompts to encourage you.

Best-of, round 3

December 17, 2020

Here’s another batch of the best for 2020:

What’s on your best-of-2020 list?

Best-of, round 2

December 9, 2020

Here’s another batch of best-of-2020 books. Some lists mix the genres together, so you have to browse or search for the poetry — but they all include poetry and some of the same titles appear on list after list.

If these recommendations inspire you to shop, please support independent bookstores!

good news for poetry

December 8, 2020

We’ve mentioned the Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and here’s an update: the list of books available for 2020-2021 includes poetry! Specifically, eight of the 33 titles:

  • Stephanie Burt, Advice from the Lights
  • Emily Dickinson, The Essential Emily Dickinson
  • Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise
  • Joy Harjo, How We Became Human
  • David Tomas Martinez, Hustle
  • Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
  • Alberto Ríos, A Small Story About the Sky

Well done, poets!

Best-of season!

December 1, 2020

Let it begin! We’ve been tracking recommendations all year long and now it’s time for the pundits to weigh in on the best poetry books of 2020. Here is the first round of top titles:

National Book Awards

November 23, 2020

Congratulations to poet Don Mee Choi, whose book DMZ Colony (Wave Books) was named winner of the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry. Poetry finalists are Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars (New Directions), Tommye Blount, Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books), Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha
(Omnidawn Publishing), and Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem
(Graywolf Press).

See a complete list of winners and finalists in all categories, watch the November 18 awards ceremony, meet the 5 Under 35 Honorees for 2020, and read about the 2020 National Book Awards Judges.

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