American Poetry Now is a comprehensive collection of the best work from the renowned Pitt Poetry Series. Since its inception in 1967, the series has been a vehicle for America's finest contemporary poets. The series list includes Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Lynn Emanuel, Bob Hicok, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, Larry Levis, Sharon Olds, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Virgil Suárez, Afaa Michael Weaver, David Wojahn, Dean Young, and many others. Throughout its forty-year history, the Pitt Poetry Series has provided a voice for the diversity that is American poetry, representing poets from many backgrounds without allegiance to any one school or style. American Poetry Now is a true representation of contemporary American poetry. Ed Ochester, series editor for nearly thirty years, has assembled a quintessential selection-along with biographies and photos, an enlightening introduction, and a suggested list for further reading, all in a highly accessible format. American Poetry Now is a sweeping anthology that will delight poetry fans, students, teachers, and general readers alike.
This is a damn good anthology, full of pleasures, unexpected discoveries, and instruction for any reader. It presents a real diversity of contemporary poetic sensibilities-the hip and the earnest, the politically urgent and the linguistically baroque. The consistent freshness and substance here show why the Pitt Poetry Series has played a key role in American poetry for the last thirty-odd years.
This collection is a testament to the heroic work the Press and Ed Ochester have done on behalf of the art—a lively, vital legacy.
Male or female, young or old, each reader is sure to find a poem that will strike [you] in a personal way. . . . What stands out most in many of these poems is how easy they are to understand.
Ed Ochester is the former director of the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is professor emeritus of English there. Ochester is also a core faculty member of the Bennington College MFA Writing Seminars, and has twice served as president of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, where he received the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. He is the author of numerous poetry collections including Sugar Run Road, Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New, The Republic of Lies, and he was editor of American Poetry Now.