University Press Poetry Month

 In honor of National Poetry Month 2017, we celebrated university press poets, poems, and series by sharing one poem and university press each day on this page and across our social media, as well as posting interviews and commentaries from university press series editors. 

May 2nd, 2017


Kwame Dawes

I first heard of Safiya Sinclair when she was just out of high school in Jamaica. At the time she was part of a literary circle that...

May 1st, 2017

Stanford University Press—or at least, the idea of it—was born in Bloomington, Indiana. It was there in 1891 that Leland and Jane Stanford offered the presidency of their new university to David Starr Jordan, who, before accepting the post, drew up a memo of understanding for the Stanfords’ approval. “Before the selection of the faculty,” Jordan wrote, “I should like your assent to the following propositions.” There were four; the first three addressed student admission standards, the balance between theoretical and applied learning, and faculty needs. The fourth and final proposition reads in full: “That provision be made for the publication of the results of any important research on the part of professors, or advanced students. Such papers may be issued from time to time as ‘Memoirs of the Leland Stanford Junior University.’” 


April 30th, 2017

Starting in 1975, the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets quickly distinguished itself as one of the most important publishing projects of its kind, winning praise from critics and poets alike and bringing out landmark books by figures such as Robert Pinsky, Ann Lauterbach, Jorie Graham, Jay Wright and Kathleen Graber. Now under the editorship of poet, critic, and MacArthur Fellow Susan Stewart, the series will continue to publish the best work of today’s emerging and established poets. 

The Co-op spoke with Series Editor, Susan Stewart, via email. 

How did you come to edit the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2014, and what...

April 30th, 2017

Columbia University Press was founded in 1893 and is the fourth-oldest university press in the United States. The purpose of the press as expressed in its Certificate of Incorporation is to “promote the study of economic, historical, literary, scientific and other subjects and to promote and encourage the publication of literary works embodying original research in such subjects.” 

Click here to read Christine Dunbar, Columbia University Press' Asian Humanities Editor, on Ghalib: Selected Poems and Letters...

April 29th, 2017

Christine Dunbar is Asian Humanities Editor at Columbia University Press

Translation is by necessity a form of interpretation. In the translation of poetry, which allows for so many different gestures toward multiple meanings—this is pain and pleasure. Pain because you are constantly aware of both what is being lost in the translation and what new possibilities are being added, and pleasure because when a word or phrase or poem works in translation, it feels miraculous. This is perhaps even more than usually true when translating the ghazals of Ghalib. As Frances Pritchett and Owen Cornwall write in their introduction to ...

April 28th, 2017

Southern Illinois University Press was founded by President Delyte Morris in the mid-1950s, and its first book--Charles E. Colby's A Pilot Study of Southern Illinois--was published on October 20, 1956. The Press has mounted a global mission, reaching out through all avenues of the worldwide network of scholarship to attract manuscripts from an international corps of authors. 

The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry began in 1998 as a copublishing venture of the Crab Orchard Review literary journal (published by the English department at Southern Illinois University) and Southern Illinois University Press with a mission to publish some of the best new work by established and new voices in American poetry. Each fall, the Crab Orchard Review sponsors an open competition for poetry manuscripts; the winners are then published in the...

April 27th, 2017

As an acclaimed international publisher of distinguished research and notable works of general interest since 1966, SUNY Press supports the commitments of the State University of New York to teaching, research, and public service. Capitalizing on the latest advances in digital communication, the Press offers an innovative range of print and electronic publications to fulfill the evolving needs of scholars, students, authors, and readers.

"Accusation" from West-East Divan by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whom are the devils watching, gathered all
On desert sand, between a rock and a wall? 
Wait for a moment--look!--and they'll...
April 26th, 2017

With origins dating back to 1478, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.

From "Proverbs of Hell" from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake (1975)

Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.

April 25th, 2017

Michael Parker is Visiting Professor in English Literature, Oxford Brookes University, and a writer and lecturer. With Aleksandra Parker, he is co-editor and translator of Milosz: A Biography.


April 24th, 2017

The Press traces its origins to 1915, when Edmond Meany's Governors of Washington, Territorial and State was issued. The first book to bear the University of Washington Press imprint, an edition of The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey edited by Frederick M. Padelford, appeared in 1920. Since that time the Press has published approximately 4,400 books, of which about 1,400 are currently in print. Today we publish about seventy new titles each year.

The Pacific Northwest Poetry Series is dedicated to publishing the finest work of contemporary Northwest poets regardless of thematic focus. While their themes may or may not be regional, participating poets have a long-...