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National Poetry Series Winners Announced December 6, 2013: The winners for the 2013 National Poetry Series are in! And they are: Ampersand Revisited, by Simeon Berry of Somerville, MA Chosen by Ariana Reines, to be published by Fence Books Trespass, by Thomas Dooley of New York, NY Chosen by Charlie Smith, to be published by HarperCollins Publishers Bone Map, by Sara Eliza Johnson of Salt [...] by

‘What if I Did That?’ Tom Comitta at SF Weekly December 17, 2012: Over at SF Weekly's The Write Stuff is a very cool interview with sound poet, poet poet, composer, and publisher Tom Comitta, who lives in Oakland. It's all image: What's your biggest struggle -- work or otherwise? [...] Describe your week in the wilderness. It doesn't have to be ideal. What are some of your favorite [...] by

The Week In Review: 12-12-12 Edition December 14, 2012: Last month, the one-year anniversary of 11-11-11 passed through without much fanfare. This Wednesday, we celebrated December 12, 2012, or 12-12-12, and the last time three numbers will line up on the calendar that way for… we’re guessing the average reader's lifetime. In honor of this passing, we present 12 unrelated quick hits from the world [...] by

Contemporary best-sellers this week December 14, 2012: If the top five looks familiar on this week’s contemporary best sellers list, that’s because we’ve had no movement in the gold, silver, and bronze positions. Topping off the list is Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings, followed by Jack Gilbert’s Collected Poems, and pulling in at #3 is Louise Glück with Poems 1962-2012. Philip Appleman [...] by

The Week We Submitted December 7, 2012: The life of a published poet may sound romantic to outsiders, with the exquisite sensitivity, the marginal fame, and the enhanced dating prospects those things entail. But for all but the most successful poets, the submission process is a thankless grind. Poets send their children into the cruel unknown to face almost certain rejection and [...] by

Contemporary best-sellers this week December 7, 2012: Still holding strong at #1 on the contemporary best sellers list this week is Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings. Jack Gilbert’s Collected Poems moves by leaps and bounds to #2, up from #8 last week. The second and third slots are occupied by familiar titles, Louise Glück’s Poems 1962-2012 and David Ferry’s Bewilderment. And closing out [...] by

The Week We Gave Out Awards November 30, 2012: It’s the end of the last week of November and nearly the end of 2012, which means it’s a fine time to start celebrating our victories, mourning our losses, and making lists of things. We’re not quite ready to break down the entire year just yet—we’re not even entirely sure the world isn’t going to end before the ball drops—but [...] by

Contemporary best-sellers this week November 30, 2012: On this week’s contemporary best sellers list Mary Oliver bookends the top five with A Thousand Mornings at the top position and Swan coming in at #5. Louise Glück’s Poems 1962-2012 moves from #7 up to #2. David Ferry, winner of this year’s National Book Award, enters the top five at #3 with Bewilderment, while Billy Collins hangs in at [...] by

The Week We Got Out November 16, 2012: It’s getting chilly here in the glorious American Midwest, but before the gloom of winter descends, we have vowed to take a few more spry jaunts, catch a few more readings and events, and explore the world around us. This week, we took the initiative, got outside, and did things. We strolled to the NYU campus to celebrate the life and work of [...] by

Contemporary best-sellers this week November 16, 2012: Once again, Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings claims the top spot on this week’s contemporary best sellers list. Following Oliver at #2 is Mark Doty with Fire to Fire, while Billy Collins holds on to the #3 spot with Horoscopes for the Dead. Sharon Olds moves back into the top five this week with her latest, Stag’s Leap, and Toi Derricotte [...] by