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. 

April 23rd, 2017

From “Eupalinos” from Dialogues by Paul Valéry (1989) 

“…and I know even better, by my very certain experience, that our souls can, in the very heart of time, make for themselves sanctuaries impenetrable to duration, eternal in their inner selves, but transient with regard to nature; where they at last are what they know; where they desire what they are; where they feel themselves to be created by what they love, and render back to it light for light, and silence for silence, giving themselves and receiving themselves again without borrowing aught from the stuff the world is made of, nor from the Hours.”

April 23rd, 2017

Founded in 1935, LSU Press quickly established itself as one of the nation’s outstanding scholarly presses and continues to garner national and international accolades, including four Pulitzer Prizes. For over 80 years, LSU Press has published significant works of scholarship and preserved Louisiana's history and culture. Its Southern Messenger Poets series is one of the most distinguished poetry series in America. The series began in 1996 and now includes a National Book Award finalist, David Kirby’s The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems (2007), and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Claudia Emerson’s Late Wife (2005). Two books per year are published in the series.

"Song About the Second Creation" from...

April 21st, 2017


By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.

The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. The competition is open to any American under forty years of age who has not previously...

April 21st, 2017


The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan's diverse voices. The series publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state's artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation.

"Superior, 1856" from Harborless by Cindy Hunter Morgan
Nothing belonged in the water
except the water, and even that churned
like water that didn't belong,
like water filled with too much
water. The crew, oilskinned,
slipped to...
April 19th, 2017

From its inception, Northwestern University Press has been at the forefront in publishing important works of scholarship as well as quality works of fiction, drama, nonfiction, and poetry. Prestigious authors first published by Northwestern University Press have been the recipients of numerous prizes, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the National Book Award. The Press’s award-winning imprint, TriQuarterly Books, is devoted primarily to contemporary American fiction and poetry. 

"Heaven Is No Recompense" from It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time by Angela Jackson ...

April 18th, 2017

Magnificently great about poetry is that its action is like other actions. It stands not as an isolated, esoteric activity but as a formal and substantive essentializing of all action. The ice-skater cuts formal figures in which the precision of execution is a high value, or she emerges clownish on the ice and imitates the hilarious sloppy falls we all sometimes commit; the invention of free style is always instantaneous, however many years of practice are in evidence. She engages the tensions we seek that relate our moments to our stories; though she is at any given second only there, she writes in our minds the full disclosure of the action which we afterwardm perhaps even after, contemplate as a source and model of what dynamics might be and what values they might emphasize. 

From "Poetry Is Action" from ...

April 17th, 2017

Established in 1949, the University of Notre Dame Press is the largest Catholic university press in the world, and a scholarly publisher of distinguished books in a number of academic disciplines; in poetry and fiction; and in areas of interest to general readers. The Press publishes forty to fifty books annually and maintains a robust backlist in print. Its series in poetry include the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. 

From "Growing Up in Bergen-Belsen" from I WIsh I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter (2009)

We invent ways to live with the body.
And then it is taken away. I grew terrified 
April 16th, 2017

Eliot Weinberger is a contemporary American writer, essayist, editor, and translator. His work regularly appears in translation and has been published in more than thirty languages.

The Life of Harishchandra by Raghavanka, translated by Vanamala Viswanatha                               

The Murty Classical Library of India is...

April 15th, 2017

Since its inception in 1967, the Pitt Poetry Series has been a vehicle for America’s finest contemporary poets. The series list includes Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Lynn Emanuel, Bob Hicok, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, Larry Levis, Sharon Olds, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Virgil Suárez, Afaa Michael Weaver, David Wojahn, Dean Young, and many others.

Throughout its history, the Pitt Poetry Series has provided a voice for the diversity that is American poetry, representing poets from many backgrounds without allegiance to any one school or style.

"Harold's Chicken Shack #35" from Wild Hundreds...

April 14th, 2017

The University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and as publisher of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the most widely used objective tests of personality in the world. Minnesota also maintains as part of its mission a strong commitment to publishing books on the people, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Established in 1925, Minnesota is among the founding members of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).

From "Curiosity" from The Songs of António Botto ...