the envelope, please

November 18, 2017

In case you missed it, the National Book Awards were announced this week and Frank Bidart won the award in poetry for Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Read and watch at the National Book Awards website.


something different

October 28, 2017

The interdisciplinary art and design collective Point in Passing has published Grid Poems Vol. I. Written by Brian Isett and designed by John Soat, the book presents text in a grid that can be read horizontally and vertically. Have a look.

what’s in a name?

October 24, 2017

Wondering what to name your next book? At the Chicago Review of Books, Sarah Blake talks about titles with poets Aditi Machado, Jennifer Chang, kathryn l. pringle, and Vanessa Angelica Villareal.

NBA finalists

October 4, 2017

NBA…that’s National Book Awards, right? You knew that, yeah? The National Book Foundation has announced finalists for this year’s awards in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature. The finalists in poetry are:

  • Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)
  • Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings (University of Akron Press)
  • Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press)
  • Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems (Graywolf Press)

Judged by Nick Flynn, Jane Mead, Gregory Pardlo, Richard Siken, and Monica Youn, the poetry long list also included:

  • Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd.)
  • Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Mai Der Vang, Afterland (Graywolf Press)

The winners will be announced on November 15. Congratulations to the poets. See the complete list on the National Book Foundation website.

especially now

August 14, 2017

Matthew Zapruder added no question mark to the title of his book, Why Poetry. Perhaps he sees poetry as an answer, not something in need of explanation. This Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Zapruder will read from, discuss, and answer questions about Why Poetry at the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle. The event is free and begins at 7:00pm.


July 15, 2017

Sherman Alexie has cancelled all of the stops on his book tour from August onward.

You can read his open letter here.

Poets in the Park

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) this Saturday, July 15, 2017, as Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, is filled with poetry at Poets in the Park.

There will be readings and performances on two stages, workshops in the workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus a poetry book fair. The lineup includes Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai, and an illustrious assortment of poetic voices from around the region.

See the complete schedule on the Poets in the Park page, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch, who founded and coordinates the annual event.

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