SHO by Douglas Kearney is a finalist for the PEN Award

Posted on January 28, 2022 by Wave Books

We are delighted to share the news that Douglas Kearney's Sho has been named a 2021 finalist for the PEN/Voleckner Award in poetry.

Congratulations to fellow finalists: Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain: Poems, Graywolf Press); Atsuro Riley (Heard-Hoard, University of Chicago Press); Diane Seuss (frank: sonnets, Graywolf Press); and Phillip B. Williams (Mutiny, Penguin Books). This year's poetry judges are Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Lia Purpura, Safiya Sinclair.

 The PEN Awards Ceremony will be held in-person on Monday, February 28th from 8pm–10pm ET at Town Hall in New York City. 

Spring 2022 video catalog now available

Posted on January 11, 2022 by Catherine Bresner

In anticipation of the spring 2022 titles, we are delighted to share Wave's seasonal video catalog.

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Award Announcements - CHOI, KEARNEY, NGUYEN

Posted on October 05, 2021 by Catherine Bresner

It has been an exciting fall so far, and we are so thrilled for all the authors who have received recent awards attention for their work. 

NBA finalists - Hoa Nguyen and Douglas Kearney

Congratulations to Hoa Nguyen (A THOUSAND TIMES YOU LOSE YOUR TREASURE) and Douglas Kearney (SHO), whose books have been named finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards. The National Book Award Finalist Reading will be presented virtually in partnership with The New School on November 9th at 7pm ET and the winners will be announced on November 17th at the 72nd National Book Award Ceremony, which also will be held virtually. Be sure to follow @wavepoetry on social media for important updates about the details of these events.  



MacArthur Fellowship awarded to Don Mee Choi

We are so thrilled that Don Mee Choi (DMZ COLONY, HARDLY WAR) has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship in poetry and translation for "bearing witness to the effects of military violence and U.S. imperialism on the civilians of the Korean Peninsula." DMZ COLONY was the winner of the National Book Award in 2020, and it is exciting that these honors continue to bring visibility to her powerful work. In Don Mee's words, "The question I often I ask myself is, does my art perpetuate historical oblivion? I hope that my work generates literary resistance against geopolitical borders, including the borders of linguistic and literary conventions." 

Preorder AMANDA PARADISE from Open Books

Posted on August 09, 2021 by Catherine Bresner

In anticipation of the imminent publication of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration by CAConrad on September 7th, CAConrad has created stunning chapbooks to accompany the book. To receive one of these limited edition, signed chaps, visit Open Books online, preorder AMANDA PARADISE and purchase one other poetry title of your choosing. 

Open Books: A Poem Emporium is a Seattle all-poetry bookstore, with more than ten thousand new, used, and out-of-print poetry and poetry-related books. Their website features staff picks and curated browsing, which allows readers from all over the world browse their collection. When Open Books opened in Wallingford in 1995, it was only the second poetry-only bookstore in the US, after Grolier Books in Cambridge, MA (est. 1927). 

Video Catalogs now available for Wave Titles

Posted on July 09, 2021 by Wave Books

I hope this news finds you doing well and enjoying your summer. As many of you are aware, the last year has brought many changes to the publishing world, and some of them have brought some unique opportunities to share Wave titles with you in ways that seemed unimaginable only a year and a half ago.

In this spirit, we are excited to share that Wave Books now offers a video catalog, which includes recordings of each author reading from their forthcoming books. Each catalog is organized by season on Wave’s YouTube page, and currently we have catalogs for the current spring and forthcoming fall 2021 titles. We hope that you enjoy these generous readings from these authors, and if you have any questions about scheduling readings (virtual or in-person) or to request a review copy of any book, please reach out to Wave’s publicist, Catherine (


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