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Interrogating America's Gun Obsession: An Interview with Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan is the author of The Dug-Up Gun Museum, which was published by BOA Editions on November 8, 2022. Donovan's documentary poems examine the paradox of a country plagued by gun violence yet consumed with protecting the right to bear arms. Read on to learn more about Matt and his new poetry collection through this self-interview!   What inspired you to write a book focused on guns in America? Simply put, the earliest iterations of this project grew out of a deep concern about gun violence in America. I wanted to try to understand our ongoing obsession with firearms, as well as...

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Subhaga Crystal Bacon Wins Isabella Gardner Award

Rochester, NY — BOA Editions is excited to announce that Subhaga Crystal Bacon has been awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for her collection Transitory, which is forthcoming from BOA in fall 2023 within the American Poets Continuum Series.  "The joy of returning to the BOA Editions family has been crowned by their selection of Transitory for the Gardner Award! Following Derrick Austin's Tenderness, is a special thrill, and all the past recipients are poets whose work I admire. I'm honored beyond words to be included in their ranks," said Bacon. The Isabella Gardner Award carries an honorarium of $1,000...

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Lyrical Obsessions: An Interview with Luther Hughes

Luther Hughes is the author of A Shiver in the Leaves, which was published by BOA Editions on September 27, 2022. A Shiver in the Leaves explores the interior and exterior symbiosis of a gay Black man finding refuge from the threat of depression and death through love and desire. Learn more about Luther and his work through this exclusive self-interview! A Shiver in the Leaves wrestles with a lot of different obsessions like Blackness, depression, Seattle, trees—to name a few. Of these obsessions, crows seem to be the staple of the book, insomuch the opening poem is about a painting of crows by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Where did this obsession with...

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Finding Inspiration & Refusing Cynicism: An Interview with Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, which was published by BOA Editions on September 13, 2022. In his highly anticipated second collection, Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read on to learn more about Chen and his new poetry collection in this exclusive self-interview!   This is your second book. What makes it different from your first? I think it’s at once more mature and sillier—there’s more grief and rage...

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Bringing Threads Together: An Interview with Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of Are We Ever Our Own, which was published by BOA Editions on May 24, 2022 and won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. Moving between Cuba and the U.S., the stories in Are We Ever Our Own trace the paths of the women of the far-flung Armando Castell family. Learn more about Fuentes and her work through this exclusive self-interview!   What inspired the stories in this collection? These stories are wide ranging in terms of genre, time period, style, focus, but many of them were inspired by the work of visual and performance artists. I would fall in love with...

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