Four Finalists for the 2019 Firecracker Awards from the CLMP!

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi

We love the CLMP's Firecracker Awards, and this year we have FOUR finalists! 

Terrance Hayes, To Float in the Space Between (Creative Nonfiction)
Rodney Koeneke, Body & Glass (Poetry)
Dorothea Lasky, Milk (Poetry)
Chelsey Minnis, Baby, I don't care (Poetry)

Congratulations to Terrance, Rodney, Chelsey, Dottie, and all the finalists!

Spring Books ON SALE + Our New Seasonal Bundles

Posted on April 05, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi

Our spring books have arrived! To honor the occasion, we are putting them ON SALE, from now until April 20th. Take 33% off paperbacks, 20% hardcovers, on all the books we are publishing in April and May: 

Woods and Clouds Interchangeable, by Michael Earl Craig
Hear Trains, by Caroline Knox
The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, by Magdalena Zurawski
Love Three, by Aaron Kunin
Keeping / the window open, by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop and edited by Ben Lerner

We are also excited to launch our new seasonal bundles! You can pick up all the spring books for 40% off retail price (that's 16% off the currently discounted price, or right around $70). We've even put a few past seasons up, just to celebrate the new program. Check them all out here

Wave Books at AWP 2019 in Portland

Posted on March 11, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi

We are very excited to be heading to Portland for AWP, in just a few weeks! We are hosting two offsite events and will be at the AWP Bookfair for its duration. A ton of our authors will be in town reading with us and at many other fine venues. We'll have more details to share as we get closer, but for now, just a few: 

The bookfair is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9AM–5PM. AWP has reinstated their $5 Saturday-only bookfair pass; for those not attending the full conference, it's a nearly free way to go to the best bookstore in the world that exists that weekend. Come see us at tables T8027 and T8029

Thursday, March 28:
Join us at the Pacific Northwest College of Art for a Burning Deck Books Exhibit and a tribute to Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop. We'll be showing off Burning Deck publications from the past 60 years, including rare letterpress editions and magazines, and we'll host a casual reading celebration, with many collaborators, friends, and former students of the Waldrops reading from favorite Burning Deck or Waldrop books.

The exhibit open from 6 to 9pm, readings begin at 6:30 and 8:00 by the following participants: 


Heidi Broadhead - Alejandro de Acosta - Kristin P. Bradshaw - Rae Armantrout - Lynn Xu - E. Tracy Grinnell - Jena Osman - Lee Ann Brown - Joshua Beckman


Danielle Dutton & Martin Riker - Lisa Pearson - Sarah Riggs - Magdalena Zurawski - Matthew Cooperman - Sawako Nakayasu - Cole Swensen


We will also be showing off our book by and about the Waldrops, Keeping / the window openPresented by Wave Books and PNCA's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97209


Friday, March 29:
Come out to one of Portland's coolest literary spaces, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and help us make an edition and learn how to sew a simple booklet. Then, in the evening, join us for a celebratory reading by Wave poets. The book-sewing will go from 2–5PM; the reading will go from 5–11PM, with roughly this schedule of readers: 

Prageeta Sharma - Rick Meier - Joshua Beckman - Michael Earl Craig - Tyehimba Jess

Danielle Dutton - Matthew Zapruder - Rodney Koeneke - Dorothea Lasky - Dara Wier
Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Alejandro de Acosta - Rachel Zucker - John Beer - Magdalena Zurawski


IPRC, 318 SE Main St. #155, Portland, OR, 97214



**Reader updates**

Aaron Kunin unfortunately can't make it to AWP.
Julian Talamantez Brolaski has joined us for the Friday reading! 

Announcing: Our 2019 Titles!

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi

Poets, readers,

We’ve been unpacking the first cartons of the first books of the year, and we couldn’t be more excited about 2019 and the incredible poetry, lectures, conversations, and less-easily-categorizable works we will publishing. Here is what we have in store: 

Hear Trains, by Caroline Knox
Woods and Clouds Interchangeable, by Michael Earl Craig
The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, by Magdalena Zurawski
Love Three: A Study of a Poem by George Herbert, by Aaron Kunin
Keeping / the window open: Interviews, Statements, Alarms, Excursions, by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop and edited by Ben Lerner

Dunce, by Mary Ruefle
SoundMachine, by Rachel Zucker
Grief Sequence, by Prageeta Sharma
The Problem of the Many, by Timothy Donnelly
Animal, by Dorothea Lasky and published in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series
Bluets (10th Anniversary Hardcover Edition), by Maggie Nelson
You can check out our spring books right now, and you can anticipate them going on sale in just a few weeks. At that time, we will also launch the first of our new seasonal bundles, which will allow you to purchase all the books in a single season (spring or fall) for around 40% off. 
We are continuing to offer an annual subscription as well, though this year we have streamlined it into a single subscription that collects the best editions we publish of each book. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
We will have more to share about books, bundles, sales, and AWP, very soon, so be sure that you are on our mailing list (sign up in the Newsletter field in the bottom right corner of this website).

Wave Books

Terrance Hayes named an NBCC Finalist in both Poetry and Criticism

Posted on January 22, 2019 by Ryo Yamaguchi

The National Book Critics Circle announced the 2018 finalists this morning, and Terrance Hayes is on the list TWICE! He is a finalist in poetry for his incredible collection with Penguin, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin, and in criticism for To Float in the Space Between, his extraordinary, hybrid work (drawn from his lectures in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series) on the poet Etheridge Knight, which we published last fall.

Literally two cheers to Terrance Hayes! 

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