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Poem of the Week: “Airports” by Leontia Flynn

Poem of the Week: “Airports” by Leontia Flynn

It’s Homecoming week at Wake Forest, so we have selected a poem for today which reflects on the liminality of travel. We wish a safe journey to all alumni making their way back toward their alma maters, be it via skyways or highways. Airports Airports are their own peculiar weather. Their lucid hallways ring like swimming pools. From each sealed lounge, a…

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Poetry Month:”Scar” by Moya Cannon

Poetry Month:”Scar” by Moya Cannon

“Scar” by Moya Cannon Why does it affect and comfort me the little scar where, years ago, you cut your lip shaving when half drunk and in a hurry to play drums in public. We step now to rhythms we don’t own or understand, and, with blind, dog-like diligence, we hunt for scars in tender…

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we at WFU Press have selected three different poems that cover the different spectrums of that confusing but beautiful thing known as love. Michael Longley’s poem “The Scissors Ceremony” depicts the heartwarming image of an old couple that are still very much in love. In contrast, John Montague reminds…

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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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Elusive Poets

Searching for criticism on our awesome Irish poets featured in our new Women’s Anthology is turning out to be a lot harder than we thought. Using broad terms in databases that would normally generate hundreds of hits are instead only offering a few articles.  As good as we college students are with the internet, Irish…

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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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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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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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Shagging and Publishing

Shagging and Publishing

Today at the Press is a day of learning. This Friday is Wake Forest’s annual Shag on the Mag, a huge event at Wake where students “shag” to beach music on the Magnolia Plaza. Don’t know what shagging is? Chances are, if you’re not from the South, you don’t, and don’t worry, you’re not alone….

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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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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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