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YOU WHO CROSS MY PATH named a WLT 'Nota Bene'

 Erez Bitton's poetry collection You Who Cross my Path, translated from the Hebrew by Tsipi Keller, has just been selected by World Literature Today as a May Nota Bene.The WLT review calls the collection "concise yet emotional," with poems that "range from discussions of love and beauty to childhood, the poet’s blindness, and his identity as an Israeli of North African descent and the first poet to employ Judeo-Arabic dialect in his work. This bilingual edition includes work from two of his books, allowing an extensive entry to his world without sight but with profound observation."This first US publication of Erez...

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THE INNOCENT PARTY inspires new album

Aimee Parkison's book of short stories, The Innocent Party (BOA, 2012), is the inspiration for much of the new album being released by Portland, OR, punk band The Taxpayers. In a DS Exclusive premiere of the upcoming album, Big Delusion Factory, singer Rob Taxpayer talks about his inspiration from Parkison's story "Call Me Linda.""'Call Me Linda' is the oldest song on Big Delusion Factory. The opening line comes from a short story in The Innocent Party by the author Aimee Parkison, who is a fiction writer that I like. A few years back, I was having some trouble writing anything,...

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Christian Barter wins Isabella Gardner Poetry Award

We are proud to announce that Christian Barter has been awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for his new collection, Bye-Bye Land! His book will be published by BOA Editions in spring 2017, within the American Poets Continuum Series. This award is given biennially to a poet with a new book of exceptional merit. Manuscripts are solicited; there is no formal submission process for this award.Poet, actress, and Associate Editor of Poetry magazine, Isabella Gardner (1915-1981) published five celebrated collections of poetry, and was the first recipient of the New York State Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poetry. She...

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Two BOA books reviewed by Pleiades

The latest issue of Pleiades includes fantastic new reviews of Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s The Secret of Hoa Sen and Sean Thomas Dougherty’s All You Ask for Is Longing.On The Secret of Hoa Sen: “The translating team of [Bruce] Weigl and Nguyen has pro­duced a volume that embodies the tension between the United States and Vietnam, while maintaining sympathy for both sides of the conflict. . . . Happily, The Secret of Hoa Sen includes English and Viet­namese versions of the poems and the presence of both reinforces the collection’s recurring theme— that of two cultures pressed against each other....

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THE BLACK MARIA shines in the spotlight

We are proud to announce that Aracelis Girmay has won the 2015 Annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award for a group of poems from her new book, the black maria! The $500 Strousse Award is given in honor of Flora Strousse. Girmay's new collection continues to shine in the media spotlight, recently receiving numerous reviews and features from such places as O, The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Late Night Library, and Iron Horse Review.Named an "Editor's Pick" for O Magazine’s list of "19 Books to Read in April," the black maria was also included on the "Rigoberto González list of...

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