Posts Tagged: Copper Canyon Press

Barbara Berman’s 2017 Holiday Poetry Shout-Out

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Barbara Berman offers gift recommendations for the poets on your holiday shopping list. ...more

Visitations: Gwendolyn Brooks at One Hundred

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A visitation is how I describe the past weeks walking with Gwendolyn Books. It is like she is just around every corner. ...more

Help Small Presses Live to Fight Another Day

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What if you could spend a little bit of money to make sure that your favorite books from independent publishers, like Coffee House Press, Dorothy, and Copper Canyon Press, turn up at your local bookstore?

Small Press Distribution, the tiny nonprofit that makes sure your favorite indie books are stocked on store shelves, is holding a fundraiser in the form of a literary trivia contest: the first annual Battle of the Brains.

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Charms Against Lightning by James Arthur

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The debut collection of poetry might just deserve its own taxon in the categorizing of literary contributions. One can almost picture beneath the heading of ‘Debuts’ a series of subheadings such as ‘Showed Great Promise Only at First,’ ‘Terrible Poetry for How Great the Poet Became,’ ‘Only Collection Published During Lifetime,’ ‘Strong Start to a Strong Career,’ ‘Published Debut Only to Be Murdered for Political Reasons,’ and maybe even ‘Sophomore Effort Non-Existent.’ (With the proliferation of ultra-small presses adept enough at registering for ISBN numbers, contributions to this last category seem to grow smaller every year, no matter the quality of the poet’s debut.) Every poet read today, save for the handful of posthumous resurrections and those who predated the secular publishing industry as we know it (c.1450CE), had to suffer through the publication of their debut collection.

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