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Words Without Borders: SEED IN SNOW guides readers to 'new vistas'

In a new review from Words Without Borders, reviewer Kate Prengel calls Knuts Skujenieks's Seed in Snow "simple and unique, personal and universal, using generous, open-hearted language to guide the reader to new vistas." Translated from the Latvian by Bitite Vinklers, this bilingual edition is the first US publication of the acclaimed poet."Skujenieks makes his own emotions so gigantic that even the trees and the sun itself share them. The pines themselves want to escape, the sun is saddened, and yet, because the landscape shares in the prisoners’ suffering, that suffering is made bearable. . . . Nature, fierce and simple, is always interwoven with...

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Reading with Douglas Watson and more!

Join BOA for cocktails and a cross-genre reading on Thursday, January 26, as three brilliant, award-winning authors come to Rochester to read and discuss their new work. Held in collaboration with Writers & Books, the event will feature BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning author Douglas Watson, poet Michelle Y. Burke, and local fiction author Rachel Hall. This is sure to be a night that will enrich and inspire.This event is free and open to all.Thursday, January 26 | 6:00pm   Nox Cocktail Lounge 302 North Goodman Street Rochester, New York Douglas Watson's debut collection of stories,  The Era of Not Quite, won the inaugural BOA Short Fiction Prize. He is also the author...

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TROUBLE THE WATER a finalist for 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

We are thrilled to announce that Derrick Austin’s Trouble the Water has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award by Claremont Graduate University. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, honors the "first poetry volume published the previous year by a poet of particular promise."According to Lori Anne Ferrell, director of the Tufts awards, "Poetry has the power to remind us of what is truly significant, worthy, and lasting in our culture. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at CGU, and once again we honor the careers of talented...

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US Poet Laureate selects Ray Gonzalez for Witter Bynner Fellowship

We are thrilled to announce that Juan Felipe Herrera, the current United States Poet Laureate, has selected BOA poet Ray Gonzalez for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship!Herrera will introduce a program celebrating Gonzalez on March 21, 2017, at the James Madison Building in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.Gonzalez will receive a $10,000 fellowship. Now in its 20th year, the fellowship is made possible by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.About his selection, Herrera said, “Ray Gonzalez, a longtime poet, diamond-eyed traveler, observer of our Southwestern landscapes and peoples, is a most worthy writer to...

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Rain Taxi calls Dobyns book a 'poignant collection about love, life'

In a new Rain Taxi review of Stephen Dobyns's poetry collection The Day's Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech, reviewer Jennifer van Alstyne calls the book "a poignant collection about love, life, and the slow wisdom that 'all stories are sad when they reach their end.'"Noting the collection's focus on the hard, ephemeral truth of mortality, the review says: "Even though Dobyns presents time as both stagnant and looming, it is also relentlessly linear. There is a sense that at every moment we are each approaching our own deaths, and with each death, each memory 'seems so real...

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