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The Over the Rainbow committee of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association announced last week that Chen Chen's When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities has been selected as a top twelve title in their annual Over the Rainbow List for 2018. The Over the Rainbow List includes the committee's top recommendations of books by GLBT authors. George Martinez writes on behalf of the committee: "After much reading and deliberation, we chose 39 titles in the category of literature and 42 in non-fiction to be included in the complete 2018...

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Spring Preview: "Cry of the Loon"

Check out the video for "Cry of the Loon" from poet, photographer, and filmmaker Kai Carlson Wee's forthcoming collection Rail (available for pre-order now in the BOA Bookstore) and read a message from Kai about his poetry film.

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Celebrating Black History Month 2018

Greetings, dear readers! BOA Editions is proud to celebrate the vibrant and vital works of America's black poets. From W. E. B. Du Bois to Langston Hughes to our own beloved Lucille Clifton, America's black poets have enriched the American literary community with their words and voices for generations. Last week, the Academy of American Poets published a list of 12 poems to read for black history month selected by twelve contemporary black poets, including Safiya Sinclair's recommendation to read " “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton—one of our favorite poems from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010.  won't you...

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The Paris Review features a portrait of Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Tara Wanda Merrigan wrote an in-depth portrait of Poulin Prize-winning poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo in an article published at the Paris Review this week. The article, "A DACA Poet Speaks Out," describes Castillo's experience living as an undocumented immigrant brought to the United States when he was five years old: "Castillo was excluded from the mundane privileges that documented Americans take for granted. When the local public library began requiring Social Security numbers, Castillo could no longer borrow books. When driving, Castillo strictly adhered to speeding laws. He would drive his brown Ford Taurus sedan, chosen for its discreteness, at exactly sixty-seven miles...

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BOA Editions to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Rochester, NY—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to BOA Editions, Ltd. to support the publication and promotion of poetry and short fiction collections. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of...

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