Pegasus Award Recognizes Robert Duncan Books

Big congratulations are in order for Peter Quartermain and James Maynard, the respective editors of Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays and Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose. The two books received the Poetry Foundation’s prestigious 2014 Pegasus Award for Criticism. The annual award honors the best book-length works of criticism, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions [more...]


Lamantia and Music

To conclude our celebration of National Poetry Month, we asked Andrew Joron, one of the co-editors of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia, to reflect on Lamantia’s poetic development and the sources of his inspiration. 

By Andrew Joron

Philip Lamantia, whose Collected Poems was published by UC Press in 2013, was always attuned to the powers of music, [more...]


Poets Gone Wild

In honor of National Poetry Month, please enjoy this archival footage of a young Michael McClure reading to lions at the San Francisco Zoo from his 1964 collection, Ghost Tantras. The clip is from a 1966 episode of Richard O. Moore’s television series, U.S.A. Poetry.

In this second clip from U.S.A. Poetry, McClure discusses his poetic process [more...]


Robert Duncan Biography Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Prize

We’re thrilled to announce that Lisa Jarnot’s book Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus (August 2012) has been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle prize.

This definitive biography gives a brilliant account of the life and art of Robert Duncan (1919–1988), one of America’s great postwar poets. Jarnot takes us from Duncan’s birth in Oakland, California, through [more...]


2012 National Poetry Month Round-up

This year, as in years past, UC Press is a proud sponsor of National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. We thought this would be a good time to reflect a bit on a special Fall 2011 success, take a close look at our Spring 2012 titles, and finally give you a [more...]


Jeffrey Angles Wins 2011 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

Jeffrey Angles has been chosen by the translator Charles Martin as the recipient of the 2011 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the The Academy of American Poets. Angles is being recognized for his translation of Tada Chimako’s Forest of Eyes. The Harold Morton Landon Translation Award is given to the best book of poetry [more...]


Center for the Art of Translation Hosts Fanny Howe in San Francisco

On Tuesday, June 14, the Center for the Art of Translation will host leading American poet Fanny Howe at 111 Minna St. Gallery at 12:30 pm for the final Two Voices event of the season. She’ll discuss A Wall of Two:Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Kraków to Buchenwald and Beyond, which she translated and [more...]


Poems for the Apocalypse

2011 has been off to a rough start, to put it mildly. From the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis, to violent revolutions in the Middle East, to deadly tornadoes and flooding in the American South, it’s enough to make one want to hide in a bunker for the rest of the year.

Now that [more...]


Srikanth Reddy and the Poetry of Erasure

Many people see poetry as an act of creation, but Srikanth Reddy shows in his latest collection, Voyager, that it can also be an act of erasure. Reddy transforms the memoir of Kurt Waldheim, the controversial figure who served as U.N. Secretary-General from 1972-81 and was found to be an intelligence officer in Hitler’s [more...]


Rebecca Solnit and Richard O. Moore Honored by Northern California Booksellers and Reviewers

UC Press congratulates Rebecca Solnit on winning two major awards for Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas: the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Award for Regional Title of the Year, and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

The NCIBA Awards are decided by local booksellers who choose their favorite books in seven different [more...]