Media Bites: August 2015

Media Bites: August 2015

Media Bites: August 2015

Starrett Poetry Prize winner shares insight into hip hop

Nate Marshall, 2014 winner of UPP’s Agnes Starrett Lynch Poetry Prize for his forthcoming collection Wild Hundreds, is also among the editors of the new release The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. The book was recently highlighted in the Lambda Literary Review. The article includes comments from Marshall and his co-editors.

“I think the reality of hip hop is that women and queer people and a lot of folks who we think about being in the margins have always been at the center of the culture,” Marshall said.

Read the review/interview on the Lambda Literary Review website.


Leslie Pietrzyk writes about a grieving commuter in the Washingtonian

Our Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner, Leslie Pietrzyk, whose collection This Angel on My Chest, deals with the sudden loss of a spouse, consoles a real life fellow commuter.

Read on the Washingtonian website.


Jesse Lee Kercheval’s transalations of Circe Maia’s poems in Wax Wing Magazine

Jesse Lee Kercheval, translator for our forthcoming The Invisible Bridge/El Puente Invisible: Selected Poems of Circe Maia, points us toward poems from the collection which have appeared in print in advance of publication. A bilingual edition, The Invisible Bridge makes a wide selection of Maia’s work available in English in the U.S. for the first time.

Three of the poems appear in Wax Wing Magazine:


“El pozo de Silban/Pool of Siloam”


Another Circe Maia poem is featured on Tupelo Quarterly:



Chard deNiord in The Antioch Review

The Antioch Review recently posted a reading by Chard deNiord of “Dumuzi Bids Innana Goodbye” from his forthcoming collection Interstate :

Read on the The Antioch Review website.


Quan Barry in Los Angeles Review of Books

In the latest Los Angeles Review of Books, esteemed poet Rigoberto González praises Quan Barry’s Loose Strife as “excellent,” saying that at mid-career, she’s “reached a milestone that recognizes past accomplishments, and that generates excitement for the body of work yet to come.”

Read the review on the Los Angeles Review of Books website. 


In the Illuminated Dark reviewed by the Forward 

In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner, translated by Rachel Tzvia Back, is reviewed by the Forward.

Read the review on the Forward website.


Levis & Olds on favorites bookshelf

Novelist Matt Bell was invited by The University of Arizona Poetry Center to “curate” a shelf of favorite books, and his selections include two Pitt Poetry titles: Larry Levis’s The Selected Levis and  Sharon Olds’s Satan Says.

See the shelf here .