Orpheus in the Bronx

Reginal Shepherd named finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award

by University of Michigan Press January 27, 2009

Reginald Shepherd was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award this weekend for his Poets on Poetry series collection, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry. Shepherd is one of the rare writers who could transcend the boundaries between poetry and prose, and never more so than in his essays on poetry itself. Under pressure to represent both black men and gay men, he said he turned to poetry as a way to escape those kinds of limitations and boundaries. “Orpheus” could easily have been a dry academic monograph, but instead […]

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Remembering Reginald Shepherd

by University of Michigan Press September 19, 2008

by Chris Hebert, acquisitions editor I didn’t know Reginald Shepherd personally when I received his manuscript for Orpheus in the Bronx. But it was a wonderful book, and it was easy to decide it was something we had to publish. Because it was so polished, right from the start, there was no need for the extensive interactions there sometimes are in the editing process. Everything came together as it never does. Reginald and I spoke on the phone once or twice, always briefly, always about small things. The book moved so quickly through development and production that there was little […]

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