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A Very Kinetic National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the largest celebration of literature on the globe. The month of April is meant to encourage readers of all ages to engage with poetry in some way, to illuminate the important mark it has made on the cultures of so many peoples. The Academy of American Poets established NPM in 1996….

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Poem of the Week: “Glaciers” by Sinéad Morrissey

As we approach our publication date for Volume IV of The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, we continue with poetry from previous volumes. This week’s poem by Sinéad Morrissey can be found in Volume I. The simple language reflects the naturalistic and somewhat sinister undertones of the poem, which highlight the connection between humanity, earth,…

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Poem of the Week: “Viola D’Amore” by Moya Cannon

This week, we continue to look back through The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry as we prepare to publish Volume IV. Today we’re featuring Moya Cannon from Volume II, whose subtle yet distinct voice demands a reader’s attention. Her poems are largely preoccupied with the sphere of landscapes, and how human desire—sometimes expressed through the invocation of Greek myths—is interwoven into…

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Poem of the Week: “Water” by Dennis O’Driscoll

Photo courtesy of Melissa Libutti As we approach the publication date for The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Volume IV, we’re taking a look back at some of the poets published in previous volumes from this series, which aims to introduce lesser-known Irish poets to an American audience. This week’s poet is Dennis O’Driscoll, whose work…

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Holiday Sale: 40% off

This year, we’re especially grateful for the world’s poets—their words reveal the nuances in life’s complexity and help us find meaning in uncertain times. In that spirit, we are once again running our annual holiday sale. We hope you’ll consider poetry a particularly appropriate gift this year, for others or for yourself. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received many…

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Poem of the Week: “Endymion” by Thomas Kinsella

As we get ready to celebrate Halloween, let’s take a moment to think about where the most frightful holiday of the year comes from—Samhain (pronounced SOW-in). Samhain is a traditional Celtic celebration to remind people that the year is about to get darker, and that harvest season is over: Winter is here! It’s also a…

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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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A festive celebration for WFU Press

In the U.S., there’s no better day to celebrate Irish heritage and our connections with Ireland than St. Patrick’s Day. Green rivers, cheesy shamrock hats, and buckets o’ Guinness aside, we’re always happy to advocate for the rich Irish culture that exists in our country. This year, we’ve been celebrating with the publication of a very special and unique book…

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Picking a Poem for Ireland

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, is currently promoting a campaign called A Poem for Ireland. This contest began in September when RTÉ asked followers to submit stand-out poems from the past century that encapsulated the Irish experience. With their nominations, followers submitted explanations for why their favorite should earn the recognition. Over…

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Revealing Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere Cover

This April, we’ll be releasing the North American edition of Ciaran Carson’s From Elsewhere and we are pleased to reveal the cover design. In From Elsewhere, Carson translates poems by the French poet Jean Follain and includes his own riffs inspired by these poems. The book’s cover points to Carson’s interest in translation and reflection, with the water…

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It’s University Press Week

It’s University Press Week

Yesterday marked the commencement of the third annual, week-long celebration of university presses. From November 9th through the 15th, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) hosts what is affectionately known as University Press Week. Events include a blog tour and collaborative projects gallery. As the AAUP website explains, this week exists not only to recognize…

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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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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

The temperature is high, the pollen is present, and graduation is just around the corner. However, with the arrival of springtime blossoms comes the departure of most of our staff. Interns Nicole, Maura, Amanda, Julie and Mike are all graduating, and Candide is retiring from Assistant Director. And while I feel inclined to use the…

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The Miraculous Máire Mhac an tSaoi

The Miraculous Máire Mhac an tSaoi

Wake Forest Press will publish The Miraculous Parish, a bilingual volume of Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s poetry this May. An activist and visionary, Mhac an tSaoi has paved the way for such female literary giants as Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The Miraculous Parish solidifies her reputation as the…

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Hold On! The Holding Centre is here!

Hold On! The Holding Centre is here!

Harry Clifton’s newest volume, The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004, has arrived!     This book presents a thirty-year poetic trajectory for Clifton, a writer who has lived and worked between the secular and the religious, Eros and history, Ireland and elsewhere. Get your copy now! … You are not the first, you will not…

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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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Poem of the Week: Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”

Poem of the Week: Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a painting by John Martin (1789-1854) In the spirit of Halloween we offer Ciaran Carson’s “Demotic Nocturne”, a tantalizing and chilling nighttime adventure that takes the reader on a technicolor journey that “disperses all the boundaries of hearth and home”. “Demotic Nocturne” appears in Carson’s collection In the Light Of, translated from Rimbaud’s Illuminations.   Demotic Nocturne (Nocturne vulgaire) A…

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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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"Belfast Confetti," Writers Workshops, and Modern Security

“The subversive half-brick, conveniently hand-sized, is an essential ingredient of the ammunition known as ‘Belfast confetti’, and has been tried and trusted by a generation of rioters.”–Ciaran Carson, “Brick” What happens when the “real world” gets in the way of creativity? Glenn Patterson happened to be leading a workshop for the Fermanaugh Writers in Enniskellen–while…

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Poem of the Week: "Landscape by Bus"

A poem by Justin Quinn, from the upcoming Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, volume III “Landscape by Bus” Look out the window–half A landscape, half its trees. Switch focus. Reflections of The rest float by on these. At sixty miles an hour The world’s being folded back Into a suitcase.  Where Oh where will I…

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Wake: Up to Poetry Reading and Celebration

youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDVeLeP-rlI If you weren’t able to make it to our Wake: Up to Poetry reading and celebration last month, you’re in luck. Thanks to The Wake Forest Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center (iPLACe) and the Wake Forest Documentary Film Program, we now have this lovely video of highlights from the event. We hope…

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Wake Up to Poetry Celebration: A WFU Press’ Intern’s Reflection

Wake Up to Poetry Celebration: A WFU Press’ Intern’s Reflection

The intermingling of poetry and Irish music created an atmosphere of  captivation, reflection, and joy.  This past Saturday night marked Wake Forest University Press’ first Wake Up to Poetry Celebration. In honor of National Poetry Month, WFUP collected student submissions, receiving more than 50 poems. The submissions were then evaluated by award-winning poets, Adrian Rice,…

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Wake Up to Poetry! – Saturday, April 6th

Wake Up to Poetry! – Saturday, April 6th

May we have your attention, Winston-Salem?  The Wake Up to Poetry! event is finally drawing near.  This Saturday, April 6th, at 5:30 the WFU Press is hosting a celebration of poetry at the Community Arts Café on Fourth St., downtown. The three winners of the contest, Bailey Pittenger, Mackenzie Connollee, and Jessica Whitehair, will be reading…

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A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

A Lil’ Bit of Lit. Crit.: “The Essential Brendan Kennelly”

In their foreword to the Press’s fall publication of The Essential Brendan Kennelly, Terrence Brown and Michael Longley write that “Kennelly’s poetry is instinctively sociable, hospitable as it is the lives, voices, deeds and defining deaths of a host of characters.” Textually, this quality of Kennelly’s work leaps off the page through Kennelly’s written shifts…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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