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A Tribute to W. D. Snodgrass

W. D. Snodgrass, affectionately known as “De” to his family, friends and students, was one of America’s finest contemporary poets. De published many collections of poetry, as well as books of translations, essays and a memoir. De’s collection The Fuhrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress was BOA’s first title, published in 1977. That book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award (see our earlier post for an original copy of that nomination letter), as was the last book De published with BOA – Not For Specialists: New and Selected Poems (2006). In between those collections, were...

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Kudos for translator Idra Novey

In 2007, BOA Editions published The Clean Shirt of It through our Lannan Translation Selections Series. The Clean Shirt of It is the first English translation of a full-length poetry title by acclaimed Brazilian poet Paulo Henriques Britto. The book was masterfully translated by Idra Novey who also wrote an Introduction to the collection. American Poet had this to say about the collection: "Britto is deeply aware of and involved in the poetics and politics of his country but, as is expressed through his poetry, lives in the shifting, indefinable cultural space that often produces the most felt and honest...

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BOA Open House During Holiday Gala

BOA is housed in a big funky building that used to be a shoe factory. Now it's home to some of the most talented artists in Rochester - and to us! Each December, the building holds a Holiday Gala and all the artists throw open their doors to display and sell their work. There is live music, snacks and beverages, and every kind of artwork you can imagine (pottery, sculpture, fine art jewelry, textiles, paintings, photography...).BOA also takes the opportunity to hold an open house during the Holiday Gala. All our books are on display and all the staff and...

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The Poetic Video Montages of Dan Albergotti

[caption id="attachment_76" align="alignright" width="200" caption="The Boatloads by Dan Albergotti."][/caption] This is the last month to submit a manuscript to BOA's 9th annual first-book contest, the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. So it's a perfect time to celebrate the success of a previous Poulin Prize winner: Dan Albergotti. Dan's first poetry collection, The Boatloads, was chosen by final judge Edward Hirsch as winner of the 6th annual contest. Dan's manuscript rose to the top of 888 submissions that year, because, as Hirsch wrote, “Dan Albergotti’s first book, The Boatloads, is filled with the spirit of mystery. It is a startling achievement...

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Listen to Wyn Cooper

Wyn Cooper's first BOA poetry collection, Postcards from the Interior, appeared in 2005. The book is a collection of postcard poems 'sent' from varied places, and states of heart and mind. The collection balances prose poems, free verse, and formal verse. The first section, "Postcards from Vermont," is composed of poems from Vermont towns and historical landmarks. The second section includes postcard poems from other settings, real and imagined. Now we're gearing up to publish Wyn's new collection, Chaos is the New Calm, in May 2010. This book is a collection of sonnets and sonnet-like poems, some rhymed, some not....

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