Violet Energy Ingots by Hoa Nguyen (September, 2016) has been listed in the top ten poetry collections of fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly!
It's Nguyen's fourth collection, and the first since Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008.
The poems in Violet Energy Ingots contain a sense of dis-ease, rupture, things frayed, and grief—as love shimmers the edges. Ryo Yamaguchi describes Nguyen’s writing as “a kind of stuttering with intelligences, impressions, and emotions flaring up as the words find their pathways.” As grounded in the earth as in the stars, her poems are reminders of the possibilities of contemplation in every space and moment.
We're terribly excited to announce that we've been nominated for a Genius Award for Literature from Seattle's alt-weekly paper, The Stranger.
Nominees are announced via cupcakes (which we happily devoured at 10am). We'll find out who the winner is at the awards ceremony in September.
Many thanks to The Stranger, and congratulations to the rest of the nominees!
-The Wave Books staff
AWP in Los Angeles is just around the corner! You can find us at table 731. We're bringing our spring titles and The Wave Papers, a special 48-page newspaper featuring work by Wave authors and friends, available for $5 or free with any purchase. We'll have our usual 3 for $30 discount on paperbacks, with other specials.
The Mystery Theater at Machine Project
For our big AWP event this year, we're collaborating with Machine Project on the 5 Day Poetry Marathon. Curators Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann invited over 25 poets to read one of their books in its entirety in the Mystery Theater at Machine Project in Echo Park, a 10 minute drive from downtown LA. Check out the schedule at Machine Project's website, here. Seating is limited (less than 20 seats per reading), so we recommend buying your ticket soon!
We're also participating in two more events during AWP. Tyehimba Jess and Matthew Rohrer will read with authors from St. Mary's College MFA program and POOL: a journal of poetry in The Last Bookstore on Friday, April 1st from 4-5:30pm. Cedar Sigo will read with authors from FENCE Books and Octopus Books on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel on Friday, April 1st from 5-7pm.
See you soon!
Illocality by Joseph Massey was reviewed by Stephen Burt in The New York Times Book Review this past week. Burt says of Illocality, “Massey’s brightness on brightness could represent a soul on fire, an ugly duckling becoming a swan or the evils of litter. Or it could stand for nothing other than Massey’s attempt to show, in so few words, how 'perception’s / a process,' an exhilarating or appalling event inside his, or anyone’s, head."