#PoetryMonth: Get to know @CopperCanyonPrs

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Do you have a favorite publisher? Do you know who published your favorite books? The answer to these two questions, for me, is no and no. I know the big five publishers. I know the names of many small presses. But it’s not something I pay much attention to when it comes to what books I find, read, and enjoy.

This has changed recently, for me. With all the reading I’ve been doing for poetry month, I’ve been exposing myself to new poetry collections and in turn publishers of these collections. One day I noticed something interesting on the backs of a few collections I borrowed from the library. They were all published by Copper Canyon Press. I hadn’t heard of it before, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t exposed to them. More on that later.

Through this discovery and a few likes and retweets on Twitter, I found their account and followed that up by finding their website. I then found that they’ve published many poets I’m familiar with and realized that this is a press I probably want to pay attention to. If they publish poets I enjoy, they probably publish poets I want to read for the first time.

It’s because of all this that I’d like to bring Copper Canyon Press to your attention, too. And I’d like to highlight a few collections that I’ve read or are in the process of reading.

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Read and Currently Reading

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Find more about Copper Canyon Press on…

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

#PoetryMonth – #LGBTQ Poets

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Time for more book recommendations! I hope you’ve enjoyed them so far and maybe found your next favorite book. Just in case you missed those:

Today I’d like to bring a new list to your attention. You’ll notice a little bit of overlap with the last list. My college required poetry reading was a bit more diverse than the rest of my courses’ required reading lists. And looking back at this, I’m glad that was the case. But I also hope that things have changed a little in colleges. In the end, it all depends on the instructor.

The list I present you with today is a list of poets and collections from LGBTQ poets. I might have been able to make this list along, with extensive Googling and falling into rabbit holes so deep you wouldn’t see me until next April. I didn’t do that, though. Instead, Twitter helped with 98.7649% of this list and I thank them for that. Specifically, I’d like to than Dahlia Adler and her new creation LGBTQ Reads. Seeing Dahlia having a place for the type of recommendations I was looking for, I asked for some help. In turn, she asked her followers for some help and the magical machine of Twitter slammed me with recommendations within minutes. (I’m still a little nostalgic about the golden days when Twitter was social. This interaction brought back some of those memories.)

I could go into a lengthy reasoning for why I wanted to make this list. I could go into all the reasons I want to help spread lists of diverse books, whether it’s diversity of race, sexual orientation, gender, or any other non-“norm” categorization. I won’t though. If you’re still reading this, you probably know why it’s important. You know that the publishing world (along with most other aspects of life) is very white, male, and straight. Very boring and predictable. Lists like this one, and places  like LGBTQ Reads and We Need Diverse Books are aimed to help change that and make readers aware there are other things out there.

Please check out these poets. And comment with any I should add. There are so many names to include here that haven’t been. I’ll post a second list if I get enough input! I’d be more than happy to do so.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#PoetryMonth – Books I read in College

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It’s another Sunday during Poetry Month. With that comes another list of poetry recommendations.

Last week, I recommended some Indie poetry collections to check out. This time around, I’m digging into my stacks. I put together a list of books I had to read for poetry courses back in college. Most are collections. There’s also an anthology and a textbook. There was one more textbook I read for a course, but I couldn’t remember the name of it and can’t find it on my lists anywhere. Even without it, I think this is a great list to check out. My professor(s) thought so.

Oh, and you’ll notice two bonus books listed. One is by my poetry professor. I got that back in college, without his influence to do so. I feel it has a strong influence on my own work though. The other is one of the collections he suggested that I check out (along with a few others like Plath and James Wright) because of the similarities with my work. I’ve read that one a few times already.

If you check any of these out, I hope you enjoy them. I wasn’t the biggest fan of every single one, but none of them were bad. I’ll have to do a reread of most of them once I’m reunited with them (almost all of these are back in NY). It’s been many years since I’ve opened them up.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#NationalPoetryMonth Challange!

That’s right: I’m CHALLENGING YOU! As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (international if you want to say. It’s spread pretty far by now.) I like to celebrate it on A Life Among the Pages, and this year is no different. Bringing awareness to poetry and new poetry to readers is always a great goal, even if just one more person gets into poetry. It’ll still be a win. So let’s kick this month off by bringing back a graphic you may remember from last year…

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Remember that? Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this month.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I’m challenging everyone reading this to do: Read a book of poetry. Simple enough right?

I challenge each and every one of you to go out and find a book of poetry that you think you’ll enjoy. Then read it. It could be a single poet collection. It could be a multi-poetry anthology. And if that’s a little too much for you, maybe try easing yourself in with some single poems you find online. As long as there’s an attempt to try to read more poetry, that’s all that really matters.

I know many of my readers read poetry even if it’s occasional. But maybe some of you would like a few suggestions. I’m not sure if I’m good at suggestions, but I’ll try by listing some of my favorite collections that I’ve read and some poets, as well.

A few verse novel suggestions might help those not ready to dive right in.

And here is a list of Indie poets you might have seen on the blog in the past. They’re definitely worth checking out. I’ll link a collection into each name.

I don’t really know where to steer anyone looking for an anthology. I own so many and many have overlapping selections. You can’t really go wrong with one. Read a few poems from them and if it seems like it’ll click with you, that’d probably be a great choice.

ALSO, as a little self-promotion and a help for you (maybe), you may notice the prices on my ebooks have dropped. For the month of April, on Amazon (since 99.9999999999% of my five sales each year come from there)…

From Where I Stand is only $1.23

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Winter’s Homecoming and other Poems is only $0.99

AND, because I want to be generous, if anyone would like to read one of these collections/chapbooks but can’t afford to buy one…let me know. If you’re serious about reading it (and hopefully leaving an honest review when you’re done), send me a message and I’ll hook you up. I can give out Smashwords coupons for you to grab it for free. You can get it in any format through them. I’m here to spread poetry and that’s what I’ll do my best to do!

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Have I tired your eyes out yet with all this reading? One most big of housekeeping to do and then you can run off.

STORY TIME FRIDAY and PROSE VERSE BABEL…let’s get them going this month! A lot of poetry has been featured on STF so far, but we’ll keep that going if we can this month. PVB hasn’t been alive in a LONG time. Let’s fix that.

So I’m asking for you all to help by contributing. Find out more on how to submit work to each here:

Story Time Friday

Prose Verse Babel

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Ok folks. That’s all for now. Help spread the poetic word and come back often to the blog for most poetry fun all month!