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 California Poetry series presents works by emerging and established poets that reflect UC Press’s commitment to innovative and aesthetically wide-ranging literary traditions. Each year, UC Press publishes three titles in the series, which has been edited by poets Robert Hass, Calvin Bedient, Brenda Hillman, and Forrest Gander.
To date, the series has published 33 titles by 25 different poets. Among those poets singled out for special recognition are: Keith Waldrop, whose trilogy Transcendental Studies won the National Book Award in 2009; Harryette Mullen, whose Sleeping with the Dictionary was a finalist for a National Book Award in 2002; Cole Swensen whose 2008 collection Ours was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards; and Fanny Howe, whose Selected Poems received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the Most Outstanding Book of Poetry Published in 2000 from the Academy of American Poets.
In addition, the series includes books by some of the most interesting and exciting poets writing today, among them, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Joshua Clover, Myung Mi Kim, Lisa Robertson, Ron Silliman, Leslie Scalapino, Juliana Spahr, and Brian Teare.
New California Poetry series manuscripts are selected through a curatorial process, by which the series editors invite poets to submit manuscripts.