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Poetry International Web Launches USA Domain under Editorship of Poetry Magazine

Inaugural American Issue Features Poets W.S. DiPiero, Ange Mlinko, Atsuro Riley

May 25, 2010

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce that Poetry’s editors have embarked on a new international collaboration. In partnership with the online magazine and archive Poetry International Web (PIW), the editors of Poetry will be responsible for editing content on the global platform’s USA page. While providing Poetry an opportunity to present the best contemporary American poetry to a global audience, the Poetry and PIW alliance simultaneously allows the magazine to share a virtual space with its international counterparts.

Poetry International Web (www.poetryinternational.org), a site which hosts over 2,400 visitors per day, offers the work of contemporary poets from over 40 countries, including Japan, Morocco, and the Ukraine. Over 20 of these countries maintain their own domains, as in the case of Poetry, which has just begun maintaining the site’s USA domain. Poetry International Web creates a truly international destination for poetry readers to discover news, essays, interviews and discussion, but above all poems. Offered both in the original language and in English translation, Poetry International Web seeks to make good poetry—from as many countries as possible—available to an international readership.

Poetry’s first USA issue on PIW highlights contemporary poets W.S. DiPiero, Ange Mlinko, and Atsuro Riley.

Poet, critic and essayist W.S. Di Piero spent the first 21 years of his life in South Philadelphia before moving to his current home in the Bay area. He travelled to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship in 1972, where he began working as a translator. He has since completed the translations from the Italian for collections written by Giacomo Leopardi, Sandro Penna, Leonardo Sinisgalli and Euripides, as well as many short pieces that have appeared in various literary journals.

A regular contributor to the Nation, Ange Mlinko is the author of two books, Matinées (Zoland Books, 1999) and Starred Wire (Coffee House Press, 2005). She was born in Philadelphia, and currently lives in Beirut. Her poems are about urban life, about language and its failings, about the things we see and do not see. The New Yorker praised her “unique sense of humor and mystery.”

Atsuro Riley grew up in South Carolina and lives in California. His heavily stressed, percussive, consonant-rich, free-verse poems conjure up the elemental images of the lives of people inhabiting a specific, acutely portrayed landscape. His poems are dense with impressions, voices and glimpses of people who have experienced the Vietnam War, rural life, and the South.

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About Poetry
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

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