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Olio wins the Pulitzer Prize! Violet Energy Ingots shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize!

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Ryo Yamaguchi

What an amazing week! On Monday, Tyehimba Jess took home the 2017 Pulitizer Prize in Poetry! And not even 24 hours later, we learned that Hoa Nguyen was shortlisted for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for Violet Energy Ingots. These are two of the most prestigious literary awards—we are astonished and amazed! Our congratulations to Tyehimba and Hoa, and a cheers to everyone who made these books possible. Here are the official listings: 

http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/tyehimba-jess

http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2017-shortlist/hoa-nguyen/

Spring Books are Here

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Ryo Yamaguchi

We are so excited to announce our newest books! This spring, we have a novel-in-verse by Matthew Rohrer, a collection of mongrel "englyssh" poems by Julian Talamantez Brolaski, an extraordinary collection of medieval Arabic epithets for the lion, and a history of the Poetry Project at St. Marks told through the numerous interviews that have enlivened it's long-publishing newsletter. 

All the books can be found here, where you can also subscribe to the whole year.

Happy reading!

Sale on books this month

Posted on December 01, 2016 by Wave Books

From now until January 1st, get 40% off selected poems, collected poems (and essays), translations, and books from forthcoming spring 2017 authors and editors. The sale also includes titles by contributors in What is Poetry? (Just kidding, I know you know): Interviews from The Poetry Project Newsletter (1983–2009).

All of the titles included in this sale can be viewed here.


Get three collections of poetry by Ernst Meister, translated by Graham Foust and Samuel Frederick, this month for $24. Informal trilogy includes: In Times Rift, Wallless Space, and Of Entirety Say the Sentence.

Wave Books-Machine Project 5 Day Poetry Marathon recordings now available

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Wave Books

Curators Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann invited over twenty-five poets to read one of their books in its entirety in the Mystery Theater at Machine Project in Echo Park, LA, from March 30th - April 3rd, 2016.

Each week, two recordings of these readers will be made public for you to enjoy.

Upcoming readers:

Dolores Dorantes, Douglas Kearney, Cedar Sigo, Anthony McCann, Lisa Fishman, Richard Meier, Michael Earl Craig, Matthew Rohrer, Brian Kim Stefans, Joe Wenderoth, Joshua Beckman, John Beer, Prageeta Sharma, Rebecca Wolff, Catherine Wagner, Matthew Zapruder, Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Donnelly, Rodney Koeneke, Tonya Foster, Will Alexander, Don Mee Choi, Andrew Maxwell, Aaron Kunin, Harmony Holiday, Yideum Kim

Listen to these recordings here!

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Violet Energy Ingots named a top book of the fall by Publishers Weekly

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Brittany Dennison

Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen (September, 2016) has been listed in the top ten poetry collections of fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly!

It's Nguyen's fourth collection, and the first since Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008.

The poems in Violet Energy Ingots contain a sense of dis-ease, rupture, things frayed, and grief—as love shimmers the edges. Ryo Yamaguchi describes Nguyen’s writing as “a kind of stuttering with intelligences, impressions, and emotions flaring up as the words find their pathways.” As grounded in the earth as in the stars, her poems are reminders of the possibilities of contemplation in every space and moment.

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