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Paisley Rekdal Reads From West: A Translation

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“Sorrowful news sings the telegram / and Lincoln’s body slides from DC / to Springfield, his third son, Willie, / boxed beside him.” In this 2019 City of Asylum event, Paisley Rekdal reads from her multimedia poem “West: A Translation,” a book-length work commissioned by Utah’s Spike 150 organization to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Rekdal’s hybrid collection, published in May by Copper Canyon Press, is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Lunch Poems With Alex Dimitrov

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“I don’t want to sound unreasonable / but I need to be in love immediately.” In this video, Alex Dimitrov reads a selection of poems from his collection Love and Other Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021) for UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems reading series. “Twelve Films That Put Me in the Mood to Write” by Dimitrov appears in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Dire Literary Series: Gregory Orr

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“This is what was bequeathed us: / This earth the beloved left / And, leaving, / Left to us.” In this virtual reading for the Dire Literary Series hosted by Timothy Gager, poet Gregory Orr reads from his latest collection, Selected Books of the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2022), which is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Serenade Behind a Floating Stage

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“Dark and huge, it is frightening to be alive with a song in you,” reads Shangyang Fang from his poem “Serenade Behind a Floating Stage” in this Copper Canyon Press video promoting his debut collection, Burying the Mountain, which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Lunch Poems With Arthur Sze

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“Revelation never comes as a fern uncoiling / a frond in mist; it comes when I trip on a root, / slap a mosquito on my arm,” reads Arthur Sze from his poem "Earthshine" in this 2008 video for the Lunch Poems reading series at the University of California, Berkeley. Sze’s latest collection, The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Line / Break With Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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“Talking about poetry, especially in the U.S. context, you’re treated like you’re the village fool,” says Natalie Scenters-Zapico about identifying as a poet in this episode of Line /Break with host Laura Buccieri. “Usually, if we learn anything the fool is the one that carries most of the wisdom.” Scenters-Zapico is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), which was included on the international shortlist for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Copper Canyon Launch Party: Traci Brimhall, Leila Chatti, and John Freeman

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“I love you like a vulture loves the careless deer on the roadside,” reads Traci Brimhall from “Love Poem Without a Drop of Hyperbole,” which is included in her latest collection, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod, for this virtual Copper Canyon Press launch party in 2020. This reading features Brimhall as well as Leila Chatti, author of Deluge, and John Freeman, author of The Park.

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