We're nominees for the Genius Award from The Stranger

Posted on May 26, 2016 by Brittany Dennison

We're terribly excited to announce that we've been nominated for a Genius Award for Literature from Seattle's alt-weekly paper, The Stranger

Nominees are announced via cupcakes (which we happily devoured at 10am). We'll find out who the winner is at the awards ceremony in September. 

Many thanks to The Stranger, and congratulations to the rest of the nominees!

-The Wave Books staff

Wave Books at AWP in Los Angeles!

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Brittany Dennison

AWP in Los Angeles is just around the corner! You can find us at table 731. We're bringing our spring titles and The Wave Papers, a special 48-page newspaper featuring work by Wave authors and friends, available for $5 or free with any purchase. We'll have our usual 3 for $30 discount on paperbacks, with other specials.


The Mystery Theater at Machine Project

For our big AWP event this year, we're collaborating with Machine Project on the 5 Day Poetry Marathon. Curators Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann invited over 25 poets to read one of their books in its entirety in the Mystery Theater at Machine Project in Echo Park, a 10 minute drive from downtown LA. Check out the schedule at Machine Project's website, hereSeating is limited (less than 20 seats per reading), so we recommend buying your ticket soon!

We're also participating in two more events during AWP. Tyehimba Jess and Matthew Rohrer will read with authors from St. Mary's College MFA program and POOL: a journal of poetry in The Last Bookstore on Friday, April 1st from 4-5:30pm. Cedar Sigo will read with authors from FENCE Books and Octopus Books on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel on Friday, April 1st from 5-7pm. 

See you soon! 


Illocality reviewed in The New York Times Book Review!

Posted on December 28, 2015 by Brittany Dennison

Illocality by Joseph Massey was reviewed by Stephen Burt in The New York Times Book Review this past week. Burt says of Illocality, “Massey’s brightness on brightness could represent a soul on fire, an ugly duckling becoming a swan or the evils of litter. Or it could stand for nothing other than Massey’s attempt to show, in so few words, how 'perception’s / a process,' an exhilarating or appalling event inside his, or anyone’s, head." 


Centennial celebration sale for Robert Lax

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Brittany Dennison

November 30th marks the centennial of poet Robert Lax's birthday. To celebrate, we're offering a 40% discount on his most recent selected, Poems (1962-1997). The sale ends on Friday, December 4th.

Poems (1962-1997) gathers 35 years of Robert Lax’s work, rarely published and largely composed in solitude on the island of Patmos. Compiled and edited by the poet’s former assistant John Beer, this selection reflects–through meditative sequences in striking vertical columns–Lax’s rigorous attention to the world around him, and his relentless aspiration to new ways of writing. The New York Times called Lax one of "America's greatest experimental poets, a true minimalist who can weave awesome poems from remarkably few words."

Handwritten notes and poems by Robert Lax, courtesy of the Lax archives at St. Bonaventure University

Michael Earl Craig appointed Montana Poet Laureate!

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Brittany Dennison

Michael Earl Craig, author of Talkativeness and Thin Kimono, will serve as Montana's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.

The Montana Arts Council said, "He personifies rural values in that he makes his living from working with horses, but oddly - and fortunately for us - he is also one of the preeminent poets of our day. Mr. Craig is an intellectual who has been recognized internationally for his impressive creative talents."

More on his merits and the Poet Laureate of Montana position here.

Congrats, Earl! 

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