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...]


From Our Editors: The New California Poetry Series

If you’ve been paying attention to our blog, you’ve noticed that three of the four new books being released this Spring belong to the New California Poetry series. What is the New California Poetry series, you ask? UC Press Poetry editor Rachel Berchten offers this explanation:

A cornerstone of the UC Press Poetry program, the New [more...]


April is Poetry Month

Establishing National Poetry Month in April, which T.S. Eliot famously deemed “the cruelest month,” might seem a little misguided. But on closer look, the Academy of American Poets may be on to something. For Eliot, April is the month that stirs up all the emotions that have lain dormant in winter, “mixing/ Memory and desire.” [more...]


Harryette Mullen to Take Part in Stockholm's World Poetry Day

The award-winning poet Harryette Mullen, author of UC Press’s Sleeping with the Dictionary, among many other books, will take part in Stockholm’s World Poetry Day 2011 on March 21.

The program, themed “Migrations,” will explore topics of escape, exile, and mobility, both in a geographical sense and a linguistic one. Mullen will be joined by poets [more...]