Graduate Writing Professor Paul Vangelisti has published his thirty-third book of poetry. Border Music, a collection of new work from 2006-2014, will be out from Talisman House later this month. Skylight Books will host a reading by Vangelisti in May.
According to Skylight’s website, the collection brings “…together work from the last ten years, in sundry forms from the personal lyric, to alphabet poems, to longer collage and hybrid projects, to musically inspired acrostics. Some of these poems first appeared in limited editions here and abroad, and are now made available in one volume. Border Music is Vangelisti’s second book from Talisman House, with the collection Two having appeared in 2011. As Bill Mohr noted in the Chicago Review, 'If seemingly willful obscurity is often a deterrent in reading or viewing work from any avant-garde, Vangelisti's poems are replete with a sustained clarity that invites us to savor these moments without being penalized for letting go of that which seems inaccessible'.”
Paul Vangelisti is a Professor in the Graduate Writing program and served as its Founding Chair. He is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, as well as an Italian translator, journalist, and former Cultural Affairs Director at KPFK radio. In 2015 he edited Amiri Baraka's posthumous S.O.S., Poems, 1961- 2014 for Grove Atlantic, and has received numerous awards for his translations from Italian, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as Italy’s Flaiano Prize and the PEN USA Prize for Translation in 2006.
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