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by Lynn Emanuel


Pitt poet Richard Blanco selected to commemorate the reopening of the
U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015.

Watch the MSNBC interview with Blanco discussing this historic event.

Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet for President Obama, has written a special poem, Matters of the Sea /
Cosas del mar
, and will read it during the reopening ceremony of the United States Embassy in Havana,
Cuba on August 14, 2015. The Embassy had been closed since 1961.

University of Pittsburgh Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Matters of the Sea /
Cosas del mar
, a bilingual chapbook that beautifully reproduces poet Blanco's stirring poem.
The expected publication date is September 30, 2015.

The chapbook is available for preorder here

Read more.

Fa15catalog Our Fall 2015 catalog of new books is now available.


The Summer 2015 Poetry Sale is on — 50% off selected titles!

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Author Events

Afaa Michael Weaver

City of Eternal Spring

August 29, 6 p.m.
UFORGE Gallery
767 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Rickey Laurentiis

Boy with Thorn

September 1, 7 p.m.
Kundiman Word for Word Bryant Park Reading
Bryant Park Reading Room
6th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY
with Lo Kwa Mei-en, Wendy Xu and Brenda Shaughnessy

Lynn Emanuel

The Nerve Of It

September 11, 7 p.m.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 W. 10th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10011

Charles Harper Webb

Brain Camp

September 12, 8 p.m.
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

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Congratulations to poet Chard deNiord, who has just been named Vermont State Poet. A resident of Putney, Vermont, UPP will soon publish his newest collection, Interstate.

Congratulations to Jesse Lee Kercheval, among the NEA’s 2016 Translation Fellowship recipients. We’ll soon publish her translations of poetry by Circe Maia, The Invisible Bridge/El Puente Invisible: Selected Poems of Circe Maia.

Congratulations to Afaa Michael Weaver, winner of this year’s Phillis Wheatley Book Award in the poetry category, for his City of Eternal Spring. The Wheatley awards, named for the first published African-American female writer, are sponsored by the QBR: The Black Book Review and the Harlem Book Fair.

Congratulations to Leslie Pietrzyk, winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for her short story collection This Angel on My Chest. It will be published in the Fall of 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Read the press release.

Congratulations to Nate Marshall of Chicago, Illinois, 2014 winner of the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize for his collection Wild Hundreds. It will be published in the Fall of 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Read the press release.

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