May 10, 2022

The 2022 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week and Diane Seuss is the winner in poetry for her much-lauded book, frank: sonnets (Graywolf Press), “a virtuosic collection that inventively expands the sonnet form to confront the messy contradictions of contemporary America, including the beauty and the difficulty of working-class life in the Rust Belt.”

We congratulate Diane Seuss, and the two finalists in poetry, Will Alexander for Refractive Africa: Ballet of the Forgotten (New Directions) and Mai Der Vang for Yellow Rain (Graywolf Press), and to Graywolf Press for claiming two spots among the top three.

See the complete list of 2022 Pulitzer Prizes.

In case you missed the December broadcast on PBS, you can watch/listen/read Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts in which they discuss the press’s 99 percent rejection rate and the difference between publication and poetry. Find it on PBS Newshour.

PBS Newshour

One of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary publishers, Graywolf Press has to say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” about 99 times before it says, “Yes!” to one manuscript. PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown interviewed Graywolf’s executive editor, Jeff Shotts, about that process. You can watch or read their conversation here.

turning the pages

January 20, 2016

booksWe look back, we look forward, we turn the pages. After perusing various lists of 2015 best-of poetry, you might want to see what Craig Morgan Teicher at NPR is forecasting in the way of important poetry titles due in 2016. Flavorwire offers this list. Graywolf Press has released their poetry list for the year as well.

To stay ahead of the curve, you might consider joining The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Each month, about a month before the publication date, members receive a new poetry book and can participate in an online discussion with the book club and the author.

As you’re reading your way through 2016, we’d be happy to hear your recommendations for exceptionally fine poetry, recent or otherwise. Leave a comment!
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