Wake: Up to Poetry
5 things we’re looking forward to in 2015
Though it may look like we’re late to the “Top 10 list” train that hits at the end of each year, we thought it might be nice to look forward rather than back. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to this year:
1. Yeats turns 150!
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’s birthday and, already, the year-long celebration has begun. Starting in February, commuters on the London tube will get their daily dose of poetry as some of Yeats’s greatest works will be featured in a series dubbed “Poems of the Underground.” More information about the celebration can be located here.
As the publishing world becomes more immersed in the digital realm, we’re looking forward to tracking upcoming poetry e-book releases. Last year The New York Times published an article claiming that e-books are becoming more poetry friendly. Here at the press, we’re anxious to see if this will actually turn out to be true.
3. Professor Paula
2015 is sure to be a busy year for Irish poet Paula Meehan who will continue to serve as Ireland’s Professor of Poetry. There are many things in store for her—especially as she serves on the selection panel to choose Ireland’s first Laureate for Irish Fiction. Here in the U.S., Charles Wright continues to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate, so we’ll be anxious to see how he’ll be promoting poetry state-side.
4. New Books!
In 2015, WFU Press will be publishing new works by long-time WFU Press poets, including Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere (translations of poems by the French poet Jean Follain), and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s insightful volume, The Boys of Bluehill. We’re also happy to announce that our 2015 catalogue will include two poets we haven’t yet published: Frank Ormsby’s Goat’s Milk, which features both selected and new poems, and Caitríona O’Reilly’s Geis.
5. A Month of Poetry
Throughout April we will be celebrating National Poetry Month. We’ve already found some fun ways to enjoy poetry during the month, from honoring the student winners of our Wake Up to Poetry contest here at Wake Forest, to sharing ideas about how others can become more involved in their own literary communities. Check out additional ways you can celebrate.