Poets on Poetry

Komunyakaa Receives Major Poetry Award

by Trade Marketing September 16, 2011

Recognized for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry, Blue Notes author Yusef Komunyakaa has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award from The Academy of American Poets. Chosen by The Academy’s Board of Chancellors, a body of fifteen eminent poets, Komunyakaa will receive a stipend of $100,000 and be honored at the fifth annual Poets Forum, October 20-22, in New York City. He will read from his work at the Poets Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Featured as a part of the University of Michigan Press […]

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Michigan poet and UM Press author Philip Levine named U.S. poet laureate

by University of Michigan Press August 10, 2011

Philip Levine, a native Michigander, Detroit poet and author of several University of Michigan Press books, has been named poet laureate of the United States. “How can I put it? It’s like winning the Pulitzer,” he told The New York Times. “If you take it too seriously, you’re an idiot. But if you look at the names of the other poets who have won it, most of them are damn good.” Levine is the author of several collections of essays on poetry for the UM Press as part of its celebrated Poets on Poetry series, including Don’t Ask, So Ask, […]

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UM Press celebrates 35th anniversary of the Poets on Poetry series

by Trade Marketing December 22, 2010

As 2011 approaches, the University of Michigan Press prepares to don its party hat for the 35th anniversary of Poets on Poetry. The series is a collection of critical works by contemporary poets, along with the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation, conceived in 1976 by poet, editor, and critic Donald Hall. The series editors are currently Marilyn Hacker and Annie Finch, and the series is overseen by UM Press editor Ellen Bauerle, producing three to five volumes a year. In the past 35 years, Hall’s vision for the series has been […]

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Q&A with Kazim Ali, author of Orange Alert: essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence

by University of Michigan Press October 12, 2010

Whether he is discussing the way cell phones have altered physical intimacy and introduced new verb forms, or the way Emily Dickinson’s mysteries are more clearly revealed in French translation, Kazim Ali is at once clear and complex, rigorous and charming, accessible and demanding. In Orange Alert, Ali discusses contemporary poetry in relation to other art forms and to contemporary television, film, and electronic media, including the Internet, YouTube, and Facebook. He shines a light on the intersections between cultures in these essays on the craft of poetry, offering a hand to poets either geographically or metaphorically outside the mainstream […]

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