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KAI CARLSON-WEE wins 2017 Shoestring Award

On April 21, BOA poet Kai Carlson-Wee was awarded a 2017 Shoestring Trophy during the Rochester International Film Festival for his short film, Riding the Highline. The evening kicked off with a screening of his award-winning film (also an official selection for the festival), followed by an audience Q&A with the poet and filmmaker. Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of the forthcoming BOA collection, Rail (spring 2018).We were thrilled to have Kai in BOA's hometown of Rochester, NY, for the weekend, and hosted a special gathering with BOA friends and board members to hear the poet read from his forthcoming collection. Check...

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Metamorphoses reviews YOU WHO CROSS MY PATH

Metamorphoses, the journal of literary translation for Smith College, just published a glowing new review of Erez Bitton's You Who Cross My Path in its Spring 2017 issue. According to reviewer Yardenne Greenspan, "Erez Bitton’s poetry is illuminating in more ways than one. Through his meditations on sightlessness, he delivers the gift of sight. He builds bridges between all we think we know and all we cannot see."You Who Cross My Path is the first US publication of Erez Bitton, one of Israel’s most celebrated poets, and is translated from the Hebrew by Tsipi Keller.Calling Eli Hirsch's introduction to the collection...

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LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE DROWNING makes WWB 'Watchlist'

BOA's new translation, Lighthouse for the Drowning (June 2017), is on Words Without Borders's April 2017 Watchlist! Every month, WWB reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel "shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles he’s excited about, books he hopes you’ll agree are worth all our good attentions." Lighthouse for the Drowning carries poems by Jawdat Fakhreddine, translated from the Arabic by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen.Presented bilingually, this first US publication of Jawdat Fakhreddine—one of the major Lebanese names in modern Arabic poetry—establishes a revolutionary dialogue between international, modernist values and the Arabic tradition. Fakhreddine’s unique voice is a breakthrough for the...

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WXXI features BOA 'Poetry Moments' for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and BOA Editions has partnered with Rochester public radio WXXI to celebrate with a special series of "Poetry Moments" -- BOA poems being read by dear BOA friends, staff, and board members. These WXXI / BOA Poetry Moments include selections from such BOA poets as Lucille Clifton, Li-Young Lee, Naomi Shihab Nye, Aracelis Girmay, and many others. They will be broadcast daily at 9:43AM and 2:38PM EST on AM 1370; and at 9:20AM and 4:30PM EST on WXXI Classical 91.5. Tune in, or listen to the audio recordings here.Here's a full list of poems being read on-air this month:"Theater" by...

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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo wins 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

We are pleased to announce that Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the winner of the 16th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize for his collection Cenzóntle. Castillo will receive a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions in spring 2018. Contest judge and esteemed poet Brenda Shaughnessy selected Cenzóntle from a pool of more than 300 submissions. The runner-up, also selected by Shaughnessy, is Fieldglass by Catherine Pond.Of the winning collection, Shaughnessy says, “Marcelo Hernandez Castillo can distill great complex states of being into clear, piercing lines of breathtaking beauty. In this artist’s hands, a straightforward truth or observation blossoms...

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