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BEAUTIFUL WALL wins 2016 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry

Beautiful Wall (BOA Editions, 2015) by Ray Gonzalez is the 2016 Minnesota Book Award winner for Poetry. Announced at the Minnesota Book Awards gala on April 16, 2016, this marks Gonzalez’s third time winning the prestigious award.A total of 252 books were nominated for Minnesota Book Awards this year, and 32 books were chosen as finalists by a panel of judges across the state.Beautiful Wall takes readers on a profound journey through the desert Southwest where the ever-changing natural landscape and an aggressive border culture rewrite intolerance and ethnocentric thought into human history. Inextricably linked to his Mexican ancestry and...

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BOA celebrates 40 years at AWP 2016

Derrick Austin, Jenna Fisher, and Melissa Hall at AWP. Photo courtesy of Publishers Weekly.BOA was thrilled to celebrate its 40th anniversary at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles! The whole conference was a whirlwind of excitement and literature, and was a fabulous way to mark our milestone year.Attended by hundreds of people, the BOA Editions 40th Anniversary Celebration premiered a documentary-style short film created by Steve Fisher of Fisher Media; a fabulous reading by BOA poets Michael Waters, Aracelis Girmay, Nikola Madzirov, Jillian Weise, and Li-Young Lee; and — to top it all off — a surprise onstage marriage proposal by BOA reader...

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Girmay gets praise from Library Journal, Booklist, Chicago Review of Books

Aracelis Girmay's new book The Black Maria received high praise from such places as Library Journal, Booklist, and The Chicago Review of Books in the weeks leading up to its April release.The Library Journal starred review calls the new book "beautiful, brilliant, and palpably angry; an important book all readers can appreciate."Booklist praises Girmay’s ability to write about anything from jellyfish to Venetian iconology: "Lunar maria, dark, basaltic plains on the moon’s surface, take their name from the Latin word for seas, identified as such by mistaken astronomers. This fascinating confusion fuels Girmay’s third poetry collection, which co-opts the sailing-obsessed tales...

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TROUBLE THE WATER called 'hauntingly amusing'

Derrick Austin's debut collection Trouble the Water is receiving high praise from all over, most recently from The Rumpus and Pank Magazine. Both places highlight Austin’s fearless dive into issues of race, sexuality, and religion.The Rumpus focuses on Austin’s voice, and how he isn’t writing an angry war song, but rather a meditation on what the world could be like if we allowed ourselves to live with our hearts open: "At the end, Austin’s speaker does not instruct us to 'Make a fist,' to strike back at the world for its wrongs. Neither does he instruct us to fold our...

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Bill Murray reads Lucille Clifton poem on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray kicked off National Poetry Month by reading and discussing Lucille Clifton's poetry on Jimmy Kimmel Live!Regarding the recent feature in O, The Oprah Magazine, in which Bill Murray excerpts some of his favorite poems, Jimmy Kimmel says: "I have to say, poetry is not something that I ever read, but when I read these excerpts that you came up with, they all seemed great to me. This one in particular is great: 'What the Mirror Said.'"Nodding in agreement, Murray says of Lucille Clifton: "Her stuff's unbelievable. It's just incredible and I didn't know it...

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