Category: Poetry

Category: Poetry

Q&A with <i>Horsepower</i> author Joy Priest

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Q&A with Horsepower author Joy Priest

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower, winner of the 2019 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in ESPN, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, 2016, and 2019, among others. She is the recipient of support from the Fine Arts Work Center, The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Priest has facilitated poetry workshops with incarcerated juvenile and adult women, and has taught writing, comedy, and African American Arts & Culture at the university level. She received her MFA in poetry with a certificate…

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Congratulations to Eleanor Boudreau, winner of the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize!

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Congratulations to Eleanor Boudreau, winner of the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize!

University of Pittsburgh Press is excited to announce Eleanor Boudreau as the 2019 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for her collection Earnest, Earnest?. It was selected from over 600 submissions and will be published by UPP next fall. Boudreau will also receive a $5,000 cash prize. “I love puns, but Earnest, Earnest? is more than a pun. At some point, my quest to say what I mean and mean what I say, as a poet, but also as a human being, became a question, Earnest, Earnest?,” said the 35-year-old Cambridge, MA, native. In Earnest, Earnest?, the speaker,…

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Jackson Heights, NY Poet and Professor Named the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Winner

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Jackson Heights, NY Poet and Professor Named the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Winner

Ryan Black of Jackson Heights, NY is the 2018 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. The University of Pittsburgh Press and Pitt Poetry Series will published his collection, “The Tenant of Fire” in fall 2019. Black will also receive a $5,000 cash prize. In explaining his inspiration behind the collection, Black states: “Kirk Semple, a New York Times metro reporter, described Queens, NY, as a “petri dish for what our increasingly diverse and heterogeneous nation is becoming.” The Tenant of Fire is about Queens—its history, both public and personal, real and imagined—and mines the complex, often contradictory, lived…

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Pitt Poetry Series Sale: New & Selected, 30% off

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Pitt Poetry Series Sale: New & Selected, 30% off

Pitt Poetry Series: New & Selected 2018 30% discount on all books. Use code PC692 at checkout to receive sale prices. Order online at www.upress.pitt.edu or call 800-62-2736. Discount applies only to books listed in our 2018 Pitt Poetry Series catalog. Sale ends April 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Books not yet published or temporarily out of stock will be charged to your credit card when the book is available.

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Poem from the Vault: “Blackbottom” by Toi Derricotte

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Poem from the Vault: “Blackbottom” by Toi Derricotte

Poem from the Vault aims to celebrate our diverse poetic history by highlighting backlist poetry from the Pitt Poetry Series. Ed Ochester has been the editor and creative force behind the series since 1978. We kick off Black History Month with a selection from Toi Derricotte’s 1989 collection, Captivity.   © 1989 Toi Derricotte from Captivity What are the forces that cause us to strike out and harm each other? Captivity explores the way in which the individual is held hostage by society; how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism frequently express themselves as violence within the family. The…

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