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Interns’ Corner

“Mostly dark, with a chink of light”: Alan Gillis reflects on Scapegoat and Other Poems

Alan Gillis’s Scapegoat and Other Poems launched on October 1st. To celebrate, WFU Press interns Fahad Rahmat and Rachel Stewart asked Gillis about his influences, religion’s redemptive impulse, how he sees current society and pop culture, and plenty more. WFU Press: Throughout Scapegoat, the reader encounters words like “fugging” and “pizz-popping, jingle-jangle”—sounds which you’ve incorporated into the…

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Wake Up to Poetry blog going on hiatus

Wake Up to Poetry blog going on hiatus

You may have noticed that we’ve slowed down our posts on this blog. That’s because, we’re happy to announce, we’ve been busy working on updates to our website and blog! We’re briefly putting this blog to sleep for the summer, in hopes that our new and improved website and blog will be up and running…

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It’s No Joke! April 1st Kicks Off National Poetry Month

April marks the beginning of National Poetry Month! While poetry can and should be celebrated all year round, this is the “official” month to celebrate poetry in all of its various forms. Literary geeks around the country will soon participate in another annual National Poetry Month, which was first founded in 1996 by the Academy of American…

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It’s Festival Season: A Celebration of Irish Arts and Culture

It’s Festival Season: A Celebration of Irish Arts and Culture

As we slowly transition into autumn here in the United States, so too does Ireland undergo a seasonal transition — “festival season” that is. Fall in Ireland marks the commencement of a string of events celebrating all things related to Irish art and culture. From the 16-day-long Tiger Dublin Fringe festival currently transforming the city into a mecca for…

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“Bigger isn’t always better: Confessions from Wake Forest University Press interns on working at a small university press”

Wake Forest University Press is the premier publisher of Irish poetry in North America. Despite the lofty designation, it is among the smallest university presses in America. WFUP publishes an average of 4-6 titles each year, all from native Irish poets. It employs two full time staff members, in addition to a half dozen or…

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Dream Language

Dream Language

”                          …you swim from core state to fugue state in undirected milky water to a black-filled circle, which is your fully fledged city dwindled into a village” —          from “Broken Pot Used as Writing Material” Here at WFU Press we’re busy with the final…

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Speaking Out for the Small Press

Speaking Out for the Small Press

Publishing is a constantly changing industry. Every day, new ideas rise out of companies, expertly crafted to improve customer experience, to make book buying simpler. New technology is pushed to the forefront and heralded as the future of publishing; soon, as it is prophecized over and over, all publishers will be using ebooks and turning…

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Our New Website Is Live

At long last, and after much blood, sweat, and data-entry, we’ve finally launched our new website. Check it out at http://cdn.wfupress.wfu.edu/, where you’ll find an updated product catalogue, a streamlined order and payment system, a general aesthetic facelift, and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Smartphones and Tablets and E-Readers, Oh My!

Smartphones and Tablets and E-Readers, Oh My!

At the Wake Forest Press, we have been closely following the debate over e-books and posting articles waged from both sides of this war.  Endless questions have been raised, and very few definite answers have been provided.  In his recent article “The Way We Read Now,” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner made it…

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Interns' Corner: So Many New Reviews!!

Here at the press, we’re really ecstatic about the multitude of reviews our poets have been featured in recently. As if Harry Clifton’s review of last week’s featured poet, Thomas Kinsella, wasn’t coincidental enough, this afternoon, we received our issue Boston College’s Irish Literary Supplement and found a few more surprises. Not only did the supplement include a new review of Michael…

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About Unpaid Internships…

About Unpaid Internships…

Harper’s Bazaar intern who is suing Hearst because she claimed she was doing the work of a full time job and not receiving any pay (you can read more about the case here). Something I was unaware of is that there are six criteria that need to apply to every unpaid internship to ensure the intern is…

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Interview with an Intern!

This past semester, our new intern Kelly Neubeiser had the opportunity to intern with Simon & Schuster in London. Today, Kelly sat down with us to discuss some of her experiences at S&S, and we realized that while these two publishers could not be any more dissimilar, there are some elements that this publishing powerhouse…

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Why Poetry Readers Can Save A Bookstore

Why Poetry Readers Can Save A Bookstore

This week at the press, we have been reading Janaka Stucky’s article “How to Survive in the Age of Amazon,” from Poetry Foundation, about the correct way for independent bookstores to compete against the ever-present driving force known as Amazon. The article suggests that these bookstores need to forget about competing against Amazon and focus…

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What Does This Mean for Writing?

What Does This Mean for Writing?

This week at the Press, we’ve all been reading Alexandra Alter’s recent article in The Wall Street Journal on Penguin’s upcoming publication, Chopsticks, which is an enhanced e-book that combines literature with digital photo albums, video clips, and audio clips. Towards the end of the article, Alter shares an interesting quote from the book’s author, Jessica Anthony, on “the future of narrative”…

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Interns’ Corner

Interns’ Corner

It’s that Friday.  The last Friday of the school year, the last Friday before finals, the last Friday of the semester for some.  Winter break is just around the corner and us interns are already looking forward to a month free of work. What will we be doing with all the free time? Reading of…

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New Customers

New customers are so exciting!  We’re used to getting orders from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor… but anyone else is a brand new surprise. How refreshing to actually have to type in the address, instead of waiting for it to pop up from memory. Tedious- but refreshing. I love seeing where the latest…

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Blogs Galore

On the hunt for new blogs to follow or inspire us, I am struck by how diverse the “blogosphere” is. Just by randomly going through blogs on our host website, blogger.com, I’ve come across blogs on food, cats, travel, poetry, pictures, sports, home life, and war; written in all different countries, in all different languages….

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Winding Down

I can’t believe this is my first blog posts in weeks. We have all been so busy getting ready for the Women’s Anthology Tour that we have been neglecting our blog a little bit. However, we are back in full force this week as the tour winds down. Tomorrow will be the last reading for the poets…

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Back at Last

Today is my first day back at the press in a week, but it feels like I have been gone for so much longer. I have been missing for so long because I was in Florida for a long weekend competing in my first half marathon. I am really appreciative of how supportive everyone here was of…

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Fall Tidings!

Fall is finally here! Today in Winston-Salem is quite chilly, especially for my Florida blood. I’ve always associated fall with beginnings and fresh starts, like school starting, and a certain refreshing crispness in the air replacing the muggy summer heat that makes me feel like new things are around the corner. I can’t help but…

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The Newsletter is Complete!!!

The fall newsletter is finally complete! After days of pleading with Photoshop and Publisher to cooperate with us, we were able to send out the newsletter at last. If you are on our mailing list then it should have already arrived in your inbox, otherwise you can view it on our website. Besides our usual…

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The Secret of the Broadsides

When I found out that we were selling broadsides, my first reaction was “What the heck is a broadside?”  Considering I was about to help sell the product, I figured I should probably learn what exactly the product was.  Candide brought out an example for me to admire: a dusty glass encased poem on a…

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Traitor?

Today I find myself in a strange conundrum, and feeling a bit sheepish. In previous posts, I’ve stated my stance on the e-book vs. paper book battle, and don’t worry, I’m still pro paper. When it comes to other things, though, I tend to lean more towards the side of technology. Today at the Press, I…

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First Week at the Press

My first week at the press has not been short on things to do. The interns have been working hard on producing the fall newsletter which you can expect to see later this month. We are excited about getting the opportunity to interview several of the poets who will be featured in the upcoming women’s…

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My North Carolinian Assimilation

Returning for another year at Wake Forest, it is amusing to look back on my naivety from last year. Being from the North, there were numerous words, phrases, activities, and places that I had never heard of.  At the end of the year, I felt as though I had successfully assimilated myself into my new surroundings….

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I’ve only been back at the Press for about a week now after going home for the summer, but I can already feel that there’s a completely different atmosphere here. Last year consisted mostly of hours upon hours of proofreading and checking layouts for the Women’s Anthology, due out in October. This…

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First Day at the Press

Today is my first day as an intern at the Wake Forest University Press. I have picked a good day to start because my mood has greatly improved from earlier in the week on account of the seemingly endless rain finally being over. So far I have been learning about what is happening this semester at…

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An Education

One of the great things about being an intern at the Wake Forest University Press, is that there is always something new to learn. Just when you can’t handle proofing another manuscript a new and exciting task arises. Whether it deals with our new explorations into social media, learning to take orders or researching poetry…

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Barking in Tribble

I’ve put off the inevitable for as long as I could. Today it finally caught up to me. I just officially posted my first tweet. Except here at the Press we prefer to refrain from using that terminology. Twitter is a technological nuisance in some’s opinion, and the phrase “to tweet” can actually found offensive to…

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Back to reality…

Back to reality…

After a week gallivanting around the gorgeous Caribbean on a 7 day cruise(with another Wake Forest Press intern!), spring break is over. Though I was entertaining fantasies of permanently living in such a beautiful place, yesterday I reluctantly returned to Winston-Salem. Though leaving blue waters and constant sunshine had much influence on my lack of enthusiasm to return to…

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Change of Scenery

Change of Scenery

On days like today, I really appreciate the North Carolina weather. It is a brisk and gorgeously sunny day, and students can be found out on the quad studying, playing Frisbee, and generally taking advantage of the weather. North Carolina is not the only place known for its beauty, though. Today at the Press, while doing…

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Chilling with Vona

Chilling with Vona

Lonely, I’m so lonely. I’m the only one working at the Press today, with Candide in Georgia and everyone else doing what they do on Fridays.  Luckily I’m not completely alone.  I’ve got Vona Groarke right here next to me.  On my lap, actually.  The never-ending process of proofing for our new anthology has made…

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Why I Come to Work

Why I Come to Work

Yesterday I went on my weekly mail check. I headed to the mail room with low expectations and returned with a box of cookies from my friend’s mom and a Valentine’s Day check from my uncle.  Success.  Today I went on the Press’ daily mail check.  I left with high expectations and returned with a…

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New faces at the Press!

Here at the press, we are so excited to have two new members in our intern corner! Though our little nook in Tribble isn’t exactly high on space, we love having new people and will never turn away enthusiastic workers! So here is an introduction to the newest members of our Irish poetry loving world:…

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New Improvements to the Intern Corner!!!

New Improvements to the Intern Corner!!!

Exciting news…well, at least we think it is exciting. On Monday we received and installed our cloud sky panels!!! Sky panels are decorative inserts for fluorescent lights that not only add some pretty decor but also soften the harshness of the lights. We have been debating for quite some time now whether harsh fluorescent lights or a dim working…

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What we are working on

Taylor Ryan is currently proofreading Vona Groarke for the second edition of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry. Amanda Rousseau is adding fadas to Nuala Ní Dhomhaill’s poetry for the upcoming women’s anthology. 

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Press Interns!

Press Interns!

Back row L to R: Caroline Hallemann, Taylor Ryan, Maura Connolly Front row L to R: Amanda Rousseah, Alyssa Walter Not Pictured: Drew Theis  We’re rushing around the office today trying to finish this fall’s newsletter (click here to sign up!) and unload a shipment of books, but I wanted to write a quick post showcasing our…

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Without Interns…

Waaaah. I’m not an intern, and I don’t have any around right now. The office feels sort of lonely without them, and the work is piling up. Sometimes I don’t realize how much they really do here… on so many fronts: orders, proofing, schlepping, particularly. I miss their energy and their company. It’s just Bibi…

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The Last Day at the Press

It is the seniors’ last day of class, and subsequent last day at the Press. And I’m going abroad last year, so it’s my pseudo-last day at the Press. Candide cornered me the second I walked into the Press, and told me to close my eyes. Against my better judgment, I acquiesced. She told me…

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Welcome to the Corner!

Welcome to the Corner!

This is the WFU Press from a different perspective — that of the interns. Each week, we’ll be posting what we’re up to here in the Tribble basement. And we really do occupy a corner in the Press office — round-table style. This week . . . well duh I’m doing the blog. And we’ll…

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