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"Ultimately, we each do what we can to survive while waiting for the next poem."

How does a poet survive? These and other issues are addressed in this compelling Connotation Press interview with BOA poet Richard Foerster: [Connotation Press Interview with Richard Foerster] Richard Foerster was born in 1949 in the Bronx, New York, where he was educated by Dominican nuns and Jesuits. He is the author of six poetry collections: Sudden Harbor (1992) and Patterns of Descent (1993), published by Orchises Press; Trillium (1998), Double Going (2002, which was named a 2002 Notable Book by the National Book Critics Circle), and The Burning of Troy (2006, which received the 2007 Maine Literary Award for...

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Jennifer Kronovet’s "Awayward" is Way Inward

A solid review of AWAYWARD by Jennifer Kronovet. This review was written by Jake Marmer and appear on Forward magazine's website: http://www.forward.com/articles/117928/ Reading Jennifer Kronovet’s recent collection “Awayward,” you may think she’s translating from another language, transposing foreign syntactical structures, turns of phrase, rhythms, tonalities — a whole unfamiliar psyche — into English. Kronovet’s speculative original is forever inaccessible, and can only be known through her translation. “Known”, though, would be to overestimate its accessibility because, while at all times confident and articulate, her poetry remains exotically alien and outside of the normal conventions of meaning. If anything, it is...

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Shout-Out to BOA's Kindle Books

Best American Poetry guest blogger Craig Morgan Teicher gives a nod to BOA's entry into the Kindle market in his Oct. 25th entry. As he says in the entry, Craig has a book of Fables & Stories forthcoming from BOA (solid disclosure, Craig!), but he's also a keen observer of the poetry & the publishing world thanks to his vantage point as poetry reviews editor at Publishers Weekly and general freelance reviewer and writer. He's excited about BOA's move into Kindle. We are too. The more ways we can get our books into readers' minds & hands, the better! ----...

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CalArts Appoints BOA Poet Matthew Shenoda to New Diversity Position

Poet Matthew Shenoda has been named the first Assistant Provost for Equity and Diversity at California Institute of the Arts. The newly created position is part of an institute-wide initiative to promote intercultural awareness and develop support mechanisms for students from varying ethnic backgrounds. “We are delighted to welcome Matthew as the first to hold this position,” CalArts provost Nancy Uscher said in a press release. “He is a distinguished poet and scholar with extensive teaching experience and a serious commitment to developing and enriching diverse academic and artistic settings. As an artist, he has a natural feel for broadening...

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BOMB review of On the Winding Stair

"No syllable is squandered in the lush descriptions; each word builds upon the previous to fashion an existence both delicate and decrepit. Howard’s sentences read as if she’d spun them in a linguistic centrifuge to rid them of excess. What remains is condensed, colorful, necessary."

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