two poetry fundraisers

June 23, 2020

Two poetry organizations that are vital to Cascadia and to the wider world are holding virtual fundraising events and hope you will participate.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 6:00pm Pacific, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation presents Poemed and Uplifted, featuring poets Tony Curtis, Daemond Arrindell, Octavia Prosser, Olivia Elias, and Lucy Shainin. NOTE: “Due to a regional internet upload outage, we were unable to stream our live event. Thank you for your patience and I hope you will tune in on Sunday, June 28th at 6 PM for a re-broadcast of this event.”

Next Tuesday, June 30, at 5:00pm Pacific, Copper Canyon Press presents For the Future of Poetry, featuring Ellen Bass, Arthur Sze, and Jericho Brown, along with Editor-in-Chief Michael Wiegers.

Your generosity, in any amount, will be gratefully accepted.

a little kick for poetry

November 14, 2019

We recently highlighted a Kickstarter campaign for Claudia Castro Luna’s ambitious project, One River, a Thousand Voices. An all-or-nothing funding effort, it has been named a Kickstarter “Project We Love” and still needs a lot of support.

If you have a few bucks to give, crowdfunding is a lot like voting: one person, one vote, one dollar, can make a difference. It’s also instructive and intriguing to see what’s going on in the support-poetry world. For example,

Copper Canyon Press is running an all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign to support the 2020 publication of Indigo by Ellen Bass along with books by nine other authors (Traci Brimhall, Victoria Chang, Leila Chatti, John Freeman, Heather McHugh, Philip Metres, James Richardson, Alberto Ríos, and Ed Skoog).

There are also crowdfunding opportunities for poetry books, music, performance, film, and travel on IndieGoGo and gofundme (including a nearly three-year old, apparently still open, project to publish My Friend Jack, a collection of work by the late and beloved Jack McCarthy).

Most crowdfunding projects offer the option of supporting in someone’s name, so as we approach the gift-giving season, you might consider the win-win possibilities.

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

Mountain Poems of StonehouseCopper Canyon Press, the Rose Theatre and the Frye Art Museum will present two readings/performances to celebrate the May publication of The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse, with translation and commentary by Red Pine.

Considered one of the greatest Chinese Buddhist poets, the Zen master and mountain hermit Stonehouse used poetry as his medium of instruction. Near the end of his life, monks asked him to record what he found of interest on his mountain; Stonehouse delivered to them hundreds of poems. Newly revised, with the Chinese originals and Red Pine’s abundant commentary and notes, The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse is an essential volume for Zen students, readers of Asian literature, and all who love the outdoors.

Both events will include a bilingual reading by translator Red Pine and musical performance by vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney with musicians Eyvind Kang and Jarrad Powell, with a book signing to follow. Follow the links for further details and ticketing information on the scheduled performances:

Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 1:00pm at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 7:00pm at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, is also on view at the Frye.

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