UC Press is proud to be a sponsor of National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. Throughout the month of April, we’re joining the Academy of American Poets to celebrate with events, new titles, daily poems, an iPhone app, a collaborative poetry map, and much more. We’ve listed a few of the highlights here, and there’s more to come.

Daily Poems

Subscribe to the Poets.org Poem-A-Day, and receive a surprise poem in your inbox daily. Richard O. Moore, Sarah Gridley, and Lisa Robertson each have poems in the lineup. Tuesday’s poem was The Apple Trees at Olema, by Robert Hass.

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, download the Poets.org Poem Flow app. Read poems as they flow line by line across he screen, and get daily poems, trivia, and details on your favorite poets.


On April 10, UC Press New California Poetry Series editor Robert Hass will read with Barbara Ras at the Colorado Convention Center in Boulder.

Join Richard O. Moore for readings at University Press Books in Berkeley on April 13, at Book Passage in Corte Madera on April 17, at City Lights Books in San Francisco on April 20, and with Brenda Hillman at Orinda Books on April 27. Moore will read from his new book Writing the Silences, which collects his work from the past 60 years.

Brian Teare, author of Sight Map, and Laura Walker, author of Rimertown, will read at Pegasus & Pendragon Books in Berkeley on April 15. Read Teare’s poem Long After Hopkins.

Sarah Gridley will read from Green is the Orator at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on April 19, and at the New York Public Library Mulberry Street branch on April 28. Gridley was selected as a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellow in Literature by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Read an excerpt from her poem Coefficient.

Lisa Robertson will read from R’s Boat at University Press Books in Berkeley on April 22, and at Boise State University on April 16. More on Lisa Robertson’s lyric poems.

Raúl Zurita will read from Purgatory at the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU on April 29. It’s also Poem in your Pocket Day, so take your favorite poem with you.

If you can’t attend one of these events, there are lots more on the Poets.org calendar. Find an event near you.

Public Radio Series

Tune in to KPFA 94.1 FM at 3PM every Wednesday from April 14 through June 2, when Jack Foley will host an 8-part series based on Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson’s Poems for the Millennium, Volume Three: The University of California Book of Romantic & Postromantic Poetry.


In this video, UC Press Poetry Editor Rachel Berchten introduces our latest poetry books, including Sarah Gridley’s Green is the Orator, “luminous, heartbreakingly beautiful evocations of human loss, situated in the natural world”, and Lisa Robertson’s R’s Boat, in which the poems’ speakers “weigh phenomena, emotion, and consciousness in their explorations of the self”.

Next up, in Part 2, Richard O. Moore reads from Writing the Silences.