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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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When hostile conditions compromise research protocols: An excerpt from Science in an Extreme Environment

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When hostile conditions compromise research protocols: An excerpt from Science in an Extreme Environment

It’s 1963, and a team of nineteen Americans are embarking on the first expedition that will combine high-altitude climbing with scientific research. The primary objective of the six scientists on the team is to study how severe stress at high altitudes affect human behavior. Ultimately, the expedition will land the first American on the summit of Mount Everest. Science in an Extreme Environment by Philip W. Clements, examines the relationship between extreme environment and scientific inquiry, and investigates the expeditions science program for the first time. Below, we share the introduction from Clements new book:   A frigid gale rose as night fell across Mt. Everest…

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and reflections from past Starrett winners

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and reflections from past Starrett winners

The deadline for the 2018 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is approaching. ABOUT THE PRIZE: Awarded annually for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series. Winner will be announced in the fall of 2018. DEADLINE: Manuscripts must be received during March and April 2018 (postmarked on or after March 1 and on or before April 30). Each manuscript must include an entry fee of $25.00. We asked several past Starrett Prize winners to tell us what…

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Poem from the Vault: “DIGGER, DEEP SNOW” by Jim Daniels

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Poem from the Vault: “DIGGER, DEEP SNOW” by Jim Daniels

New to the UPP Blog, 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. Our first selection comes from Jim Daniels third book of poems, M-80. DIGGER, DEEP SNOW A sudden day off. You invite neighbors over to shoot pool in the basement to fill the deep silence. You drink fast to get inspiration to talk about something besides snow. After a few drinks, Tony rips the felt with his cue when Gus kids him about…

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Patricia M. DeMarco discusses global sustainability at the Phipps Conservatory

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Patricia M. DeMarco discusses global sustainability at the Phipps Conservatory

On September 19th, the University of Pittsburgh Press and author Patricia M. DeMarco celebrated the publication of her book Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh. An enthusiastic crowd of about 100 filled the Tropical Forest area of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland. Attendees included Max King, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation and his wife Peggy, David Feingold, President of Chatham University, Bernard Goldstein, former Dean of the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health and Member of the National Academy of Sciences and his wife Rossalyn, Terry Collins, Theresa Heinz Professor of Green…

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