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Radio Signals: An interview with Leontia Flynn

Leontia Flynn’s The Radio is out this month, so WFU Press interns gathered to ask the poet more about her newest collection. Written in three sections, The Radio explores the boundaries of home and family life from Flynn’s experience caring for her infant child, to coping with her father’s death, to remembering the influence of…

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Leontia Flynn wins Irish Times Poetry Now Award

This morning it was announced that Leontia Flynn has won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for her newest volume, The Radio. From the Irish Times announcement: In making their choice, the judges noted “the variance and voracious excellence of new Irish poetry, in books which experimented with long poems, prose poems, biography and translation….

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Richard Murphy, 1927–2018

It is with great sadness that Wake Forest University has learned of the poet Richard Murphy’s death. We were proud to be his American publisher, releasing The Price of Stone and Earlier Poems in 1985, The Mirror Wall in 1989, and his Collected Poems in 2001. As Michael Longley noted, “Richard Murphy continues to be a poet of…

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An Interview with Frank Ormsby on The Darkness of Snow

Frank Ormsby’s The Darkness of Snow is new this month, so WFU Press interns gathered to ask the poet more about the collection. Written in five parts, the poems explore vast territory from Ormsby’s childhood in Fermanagh, to life with Parkinson’s, to the difficulty of bearing witness in the face of atrocity. Here, the poet discusses poetic…

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Wake Forest University Press Gets a New Home

When Wake Forest University Press got started in 1975, our Founder Dillon Johnston ran the press out of his office in the English Department. As operations grew, we moved into Carswell Hall, and then later into the old bomb shelter in the basement of Tribble Hall. A bomb shelter seemed particularly appropriate for a poetry…

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Holiday Sale: 40% off

Once again, we’re offering 40% off through the holiday season. To take advantage of the sale, order through our website (or call us at 336-758-5448), and enter the code “WFUP40” when you check out. The sale applies to books, broadsides, and t-shirts. Be sure to order by December 15 to guarantee the books reach your doorstep in time for Christmas.

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“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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MacNeice poem inspires Scottish song

MacNeice poem inspires Scottish song

Louis MacNeice is one of the inspirations for the Scottish group, Battlefield Band. MacNeice’s poem, “Bagpipe Music,” provides the lyrics for the song on the group’s newest album Room Enough for All, which has been nominated for an Independent Music Award in the category of “World Traditional Song.” You can read the poem just below, buy MacNeice’s Collected Poems here, and…

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Paula Meehan touring United States

Paula Meehan touring United States

Wake Forest University Press poet and  current Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, has been charming audiences in the United States on her current reading tour. Earlier in March, Meehan appeared at HoCoPoLitSo’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry. And on Thursday, April 3, Meehan will be reading at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. The reading…

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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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Praise for Michael Longley

Praise for Michael Longley

Recently, The Boston Globe named Michael Longley’s A Hundred Doors as one of the best poetry books of 2011. “This year Wake Forest University Press has delivered ‘A Hundred Doors’ by Irish poet Michael Longley, who has yet to receive the American acclaim surrounding many of his contemporaries. In this collection, readers are transported to…

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Poetry & Music

Ireland has given us many pleasures, poetry and music among them. The only thing better than Irish music or poetry is an Irish poem sung in a song. Irish Folk singer Christy Moore has done just that with the title track off his latest album, “Folk Tale,” written by Irish poet Paula Meehan. Moore tells…

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Did You Know…

Did You Know…

We’re back! After weeks of working on redesigning our blog we have finally finished and are excited to post again. Today is the first in what will become a series of posts on little known facts about our poets. We will start with one of the poets who just joined us on our Women’s Anthology…

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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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Our Women’s Anthology Tour

The poets at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago   The group on a night out in Chicago   The poets at their signing in Chicago   The Belfast Boys (and the lovely Sofia!) performing at the Winston-Salem launch party You can see more photos of the tour on our Facebook page

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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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A Storm of Hope

Today, the Press is a bit chaotic. With Candide having just returned from the second stop of the poetry tour in Chicago, there’s no shortage on tasks that need to accomplished–orders to be sent, missing keys to be found, books to be gotten out of storage, etc. These are my favorite days in the press,…

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Success!

After over a week of not blogging, we’re back! The Winston-Salem stop on the Women’s Anthology Tour has been completed and we can now resume our slightly less hectic lives at the Press. Having the poets here was incredible. The names we had been writing about and the faces we had been staring at for…

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Cinderella’s Facebook

Today we are sending out Facebook invites to our Women’s Anthology Tour. With one click of a button, all the details were transported from my screen to 53 others’ screens. No pen, no paper, no postage. Tonight is the biannual President’s Ball. Balls have been around since Cinderella’s time. Invitations were hand delivered, in fancy…

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Women’s Anthology Tour

This past Monday, my fellow interns and I got the opportunity to see the venue for the Winston-Salem stop on the Women’s Anthology Tour, the Wake Forest Welcome Center. It’s a beautiful and homey building, with fire places and comfy furniture. I can’t wait to see our poets there, along with all our guests attending…

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Imagine Ireland

As I know most of you know, the Women’s Anthology Tour is approaching quickly. The tour is sponsored in part by Imagine Ireland, which I knew next to nothing about until i decided to Google it. What I found was pretty cool and definitely interesting. Here’s the summation of what it is, taken from their…

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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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Defeated

A lack of food makes me cranky. I suffer from an extreme lack of energy and am easily defeated by any task assigned to me. Food makes it all better though. It is physical happiness and energy. We love food here at the Press. One of the easiest, yet hardest, questions asked of us interns…

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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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Christmas in September

Opening a new book is comparable to opening the best present under the tree Christmas morning. Ripping off the saran wrap is no less exciting than ripping off wrapping paper, regardless of its transparency.  The smell, the feel, the look of a new book excites the senses before it is even cracked opened.  Once opened,…

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From Head to Shelf

I always used to be baffled when I read that an author had started working on a book years before it was published.  Now, working at a press, I am starting to understand, and consequently sympathize with, the author’s excruciating long process of getting a book from their head to the shelves. The first step is getting…

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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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Getting Down on Friday

It’s finally Friday, a day to relax and celebrate the weekend. Not at the Press. Today we are scheduled to send out our first newsletter of the year. Way easier said than done.  As none of us are computer science majors, dealing with Publisher and other programs is not a fun time. A task that…

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Learning How To Create a Newsletter

This past week at the press I have been learning how to put together our fall newsletter. Ashleigh has been so helpful in teaching me how to use Publisher and Photoshop to design it. All of us have been working hard on our articles that will appear in the fall issue. I have been writing…

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A Technological Struggle

Today I read several articles on poetry presses’ struggle to convert to e-books. Publishers have found that in the conversion process lines get broken up, stanza spaces are ignored, and commas get lost. Considering poetry is built around commas and spaces, these are fatal mistakes. Without a solution to these problems, many presses are simply…

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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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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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Women’s Anthology Tour 2011

The dates for the Women’s Anthology Tour are finally set; which means, today, I get to break away from my usual duties at the press to start working on the broadside for Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s “The Copious Dark.” Working with the Press to bring the tour to life has been the best learning experience, and…

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Jump All But One

Jump All But One

I’ve always made fun of people who quote hollow, old sayings. Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, Martin Luther King Jr.’s big dreams and Neil Armstrong’s promise to mankind (from the moon). Those old adages are so distant, so separate from our own lives. But sometimes — every so often — things get too hard to…

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The end of the semester is near!

Next week, we hope to get all the interns together to have lunch to celebrate a year’s worth of hard work. It’s difficult to believe that the end of the semester is already upon us! We all have had our noses buried in the manuscript for our upcoming Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry,…

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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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Imagination Exercises

Imagination Exercises

I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. As this semester comes to an end, not only is everyone scrambling to finish that last paper or project, but everyone is also making plans for next semester, like class registration, housing, etc. As conversations about these things become more frequent, many of my upper-classmen friends cannot help…

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Calm down with a real book

Calm down with a real book

I have to admit I was in a pretty bad mood this morning. It was overcast, I was feeling pretty sleepy still, and the week has been moving at a snail’s pace. My mood wasn’t helped when I started reading some of the coverage of the London Book Fair 2011. More gloom and doom is…

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the guardian, michael longley and candide jones

the guardian, michael longley and candide jones

having studied abroad in london during the fall semester, i came to interpret everything the guardian publishes as the gospel truth. so naturally, when the guardian publishes a review of michael longley’s “a hundred doors,” i think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. to be fair, i decided to go to candide. she knows the critical world of…

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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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I love April!

Today, Winston-Salem has the perfect poetry-reading weather: it’s sunny, breezy, and downright beautiful. Good thing our Poem of the Week is being sent out tomorrow! We take Poetry Month very seriously at the Press, and love celebrations anyway, so as such, we are sending out a poem per week, featuring our poets and other poets…

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National Poetry Month

Just in case you haven’t heard, it is National Poetry Month! Needless to say we are all pretty excited here at the Wake Forest Press. I mean why wouldn’t we support a whole month dedicated to the celebration of poetry! We show our support by being a benefactor of the National Poetry Month. Visit our…

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Calling all Female Irish Artists

After what seemed like ages of proofreading the manuscript for the second edition of our Anthology of Irish Women’s Poetry, we sent the text to our designer yesterday. With a click of the send button, every person in the office breathed a collective sigh of relief. We had a brief moment of celebration, but our…

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Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here!

After some strangely uncharacteristic cold weather, Winston-Salem is finally showing the signs of spring. As spring is my favorite time of the year, I am overjoyed that the possibility of cold and snow is long gone. Plus, any student will agree, that spring is by far the most beautiful and busiest time to be at Wake Forest….

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Every Month is Poetry Month

Just in time for National Poetry Month we have started working on The Essential Brendan Kennelly-Selected Poems edited by Terence Brown and WFU Poet Michael Longley. This is our third book in the works, along with Michael Longley’s A Hundred Doors and our new Women’s Anthology. We love having books to proof at the Press, but…

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Storing “Stuff” in the Cloud

Storing “Stuff” in the Cloud

Amazon announced today a new service for customers called the “Cloud Drive” and “Cloud Player.” MP3 purchasers can now have 5 GB of free storage online and can download this music to a multitude of devices, as long as they have a web browser. This way, we don’t have to use up our own storage…

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Competition for the Ipad in 2011?

Competition for the Ipad in 2011?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/technology/personaltech/2010-tablet-computer-comparison.html?ref=technology New York Times  now has a page dedicated solely to the tablet, which was predicted to virtually take over in 2010. Funny enough, the TOC conference (and several other reputable tech publishing sources) affirmed that the iPad had indeed created its own new business model with its own very large market. NYT thinks differently,…

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A Hundred Doors

Michael Longley’s new book A Hundred Doors is already getting rave reviews! Check out this great article in The Guardian about his latest book. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/20/a-hundred-doors-michael-longley-review And here’s a sneak peak at one of the poems: A Hundred Doors God! I’m lighting candles again, still the sentimental atheist, family Names a kind of prayer or poem, my…

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the “flipback:” merging kindle and print?

the “flipback:” merging kindle and print?

The Guardian: “Could this new book kill the Kindle?” we often get too wrapped up trying to classify, to order information. for example: digital versus print publishing has been looked at as a black and white issue. there’s digital, and there’s print. there’s a kindle, and there’s a book. this new little doodad — the…

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Tours Galore

Tours Galore

Pink trees + Green grass + Blue sky = Better than the brochure Sunshine and high temperatures mean one thing: tours. On days like these our campus is flooded with students, only half of which actually go here.  Springtime is prime time to show off our school to potential freshmen. The trees are in bloom,…

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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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Embracing the Digital Age

Sure, we’re situated in a bomb shelter. Sure, we only publish a specific, small sector of the literary market. Sure, we focus on Irish poetry. But that doesn’t mean that we’re immune the the new age of digital publication. We’re in the process of sifting through the mounds of new information on the rapidly-approaching digital…

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Fighting Change

Fighting Change

The secret is out.  The Tools of Change Conference videos are all up on YouTube.  People now have the opportunity to discover the fate of books.  Personally, I was not so pleased with what I discovered.  The idea of books disappearing, ever, is not a pleasant one.  I do not own a Kindle, or an iPad, or…

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Today, Wake Forest is not the happiest of places. The weather is cold and rainy, without even a glimpse of sunshine, and with spring break about a week away, professors are trying to fight the apathy that students experience when a break is around the corner. This means one thing: midterms. It’s times like these…

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Favorite Customers: Gene

Favorite Customers: Gene

This morning, all of the interns got together with Candide to hear her report from the Tools of Change conference in New York last week. What she had to say about the status of e-technology and e-books was exciting, but also left us all in a state of panic. How can we ever keep up…

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the (daunting) task of navigating tribble

the (daunting) task of navigating tribble

welcome to our humble abode! it seems like winston-salem gets a ‘hot’ spell every year during one isolated week in february (when it’s actually just 70 degrees). and we’re in the midst of it right now. everyone’s pushing the seasons with shorts, flip-flops, and entirely unwarranted tank tops. but we interns remain dedicated to our…

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Diving into the realm of graphic design

Diving into the realm of graphic design

Here at the press, we send out a seasonal newsletter to all of our faithful supporters. As spring is quickly approaching, a few interns and myself have shifted gears from the constant task of proofreading manuscripts for the upcoming anthology to preparing graphics and content for the Spring 2011 Newsletter. Though I am efficient with…

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Changing weather, changing times

Still looks a bit like winter, but it feels like spring! The weather is beginning to warm up outside, which makes it hard for us interns to be content sitting in our little bomb shelter in the basement (as much as we love it here)! I love winter, but I always look forward to seeing…

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funday monday

happy monday! candide is out of the office all week, so we interns are manning the fort. it’s valentine’s day, so we’re having some good intern corner bonding. busy with putting the spring newsletter together (what’s new). taylor assumes the role of head honcho by taking over candide’s spot   our favorite ‘nun’-chucks   mac…

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Wake Forest Book of of Irish Women’s Poetry

Wake Forest Book of of Irish Women’s Poetry

We are so excited for our new Women’s Anthology—which is not unexpected, we know how great it’s going to be given the hours upon hours we labor over fada placement and typos. Here at the press we are thrilled to announce our 2011 Women’s Anthology Tour, which will be in October in conjunction with the…

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Bibi

Bibi

This is the resident dog at the Press, BiBi. She loves to hang out at the press and greet everyone who walks in the door. So if you’re ever wondering why your book order sometimes comes with black dog hair, BiBi is to blame. Seriously, her hair is everywhere. But we love her anyways.

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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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consultant meets custodian

consultant meets custodian

hello literary world! i’m back from a semester in london and so thrilled to be back at the wfu press. i’m universally acknowledged as the type-a intern here at the press, so naturally, i tend to err toward list-making. compulsively. today is my second day at the press since being back. last week, i cleaned…

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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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Spindrift

Spindrift

Today is a sad day. Not only is it raining and the middle of midterm exams, but the afternoon at the press, I’ve come to realize that book reviewers are a dying breed. Once a set feature in every major publication, the book review has gone by the wayside. Even more so, poetry reviews have…

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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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Welcome Back to WFU Press!

It’s fall at the Forest, which means a new group of students has taken residence in the press’ cozy intern corner. This year’s class includes a mix of familiar faces: Alyssa Walter, Drew Theis and Taylor Ryan, and newcomers: Amanda Rousseau, Maura Connolly and Caroline Hallemann. As always, our office in the bomb-shelter basement of…

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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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