A Brief History of The Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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Back in July of 2010, The Rumpus started a poetry version of its book club. Board member Camille Dungy selected Shane Book’s Ceiling of Sticks to start us off and we’ve never looked back. Here’s a rundown of the book club for potential members–what you’ll get and what you would have gotten if you’d been with us from the beginning.

How The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Works: You pay $22 a month ($33 international) and every month you get a book of poetry in the mail that hasn’t been released yet. (You can sign up here.) We’ll discuss the book all month while we read it. You’re invited to a moderated online discussion with the author at the end of the month which we’ll edit and run on The Rumpus as a feature article.

Who We’re Reading Right Now: Currently the book club is reading Carmen Giménez Smith’s Goodbye, Flicker.

Who we’ve read and interviewed so far: Since July of 2010, the poetry book club has read the following books and interviewed their authors:

Ceiling of Sticks by Shane Book

The Cloud Corporation by Timothy Donnelly

Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander

The Network by Jena Osman

Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A Beautiful Name For a Girl by Kirsten Kaschock

The Bigger World by Noelle Kocot

Things Come On by Joseph Harrington

Fall Higher by Dean Young

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Negro League Baseball by Harmony Holiday

Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You by Lea Graham

Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay

Once by Meghan O’Rourke

Bear, Diamonds and Crane by Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan

Ephemeron by TR Hummer

Dear Editor by Amy Newman

Transfer Fat by Aase Berg, translated by Johannes Göransson

Useless Landscape or a Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell

Indios by Linda Hogan

The Ground by Rowan Ricardo-Phillips.

Fragile Acts by Allan Peterson

Dispatch From the Future by Leigh Stein

Inferno by Dante Alighieri translated by Mary Jo Bang

Many Ways to Say It by Eva Saulitis

Unbuilt Projects by Paul Lisicky

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Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →