Thursday in Seattle

May 16, 2018

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press), which is A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, WINNER of the T.S. Eliot Prize, WINNER of the Whiting Award, WINNER of the Forward Prize, WINNER of the Thom Gunn Award, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. It was also named a Best Book of the Year at The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Sunday Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Telegraph, Irish Times, Library Journal, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Entropy Magazine, and BookThug.

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Ocean Vuong will give his first public reading from the book in Seattle, starting at 7:00pm at Canvas Event Space. This is a ticketed event, though no one will be turned away.



April 28, 2018

Copper Canyon Press has announced that a memorial for Sam Hamill will be held in conjunction with the official release of his final book, After Morning Rain (Tiger Bark Press), in Port Townsend on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, between 3:00 and 9:00 pm. (Read the title poem here.) For further details email For those wishing to honor Sam, his family suggests a donation to your local Habitat for Humanity.


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.

last 7 days

June 23, 2017

Here’s some poetry history in the making: Copper Canyon Press is running a 10-day Kickstarter campaign, Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found.

The press’s successful 2015 campaign helped publish a collection of just-discovered, never-before-published poems by Pablo Neruda, Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems.

With this new effort Copper Canyon hopes to fully fund BOOK OF TWILIGHT, Neruda’s first book of poetry, which has never before been published in English in its entirety. Funding from the previous campaign moved this book into production; the current campaign will get it finished and to the printers.

There are juicy inducements for pledges and, very importantly, this is an all-or-nothing campaign: this project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT.

Visit Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found and pledge!

BE the crowd

November 1, 2016

W.S. Merwin

Now and then we like to browse the crowdfunding sites to see what’s new in the world of poetry. We were somewhat surprised to discover that the very distinguished Copper Canyon Press has just launched a Kickstarter campaign, The Essential W.S. Merwin, to help the press publish the definitive collection of W.S. Merwin’s poetry.

“As a backer, you’ll gain a collection for your library that you’ll surely turn and return to. You can even choose to have your name, or the name of a loved one, printed in every first-edition copy of the book (imagine your name alongside Merwin’s in the Library of Congress). Your contribution will help ensure that poetry readers of today—and generations of readers to come—will have a place to experience Merwin’s work again, or for the first time.”

Visit Kickstarter before 5:00pm, Thursday, December 1, 2016, to learn more…and be part of the crowd.

Pulitzers tonight

October 6, 2016

Pulitzers in Person

Humanities Washington, Copper Canyon Press, and the Pulitzer Prizes invite you to tune in to a live-stream webcast of Pulitzers in Person: a tribute to the work of the legendary poets W.S. Merwin and Lucille Clifton. The panel features poets Ellen Bass, Maurice Manning, and Camille Rankine in conversation about what makes the work of these two Pulitzer-recognized writers so extraordinary.

The live stream begins at 7:00pm (Pacific) this evening, Thursday, October 6, 2016, here:

This is the first of three Pulitzers in Person events. The series continues November 3 and December 7, 2016.

Pablo NerudaThere is excitement afoot at Copper Canyon Press — and among the fans of Pablo Neruda. A handwritten cache of lost poems by Neruda was recently discovered in Chile and entrusted to Copper Canyon for publication.

The press is running a Kickstarter to fund the book, Then Come Back: Lost Poems. The backing has already exceeded the initial fundraising goal of $50,000, so Copper Canyon has sweetened the deal with a “stretch goal”: additional funds will allow the publication of Crepusculario — Neruda’s first book, which has never been translated into English, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017.

Visit the Lost Poems Kickstarter, watch the video and be part of the excitement.
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photo: young Pablo Neruda, born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto

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