– 10/08/2018

Join Milkweed Editions in celebrating the launch of Michael Bazzett's translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and cocktails, and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. After a reading from The Popol Vuh, Bazzett will be joined in conversation by poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs. A book signing will follow.

Excerpt: Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship

Max Ritvo began as my student. I met Max when he was a senior at Yale. This is how he began his application to get into my playwriting workshop: Dear Professor Ruhl, Thanks for reading this application. My name is Max Ritvo—I’m a senior English major in the Creative Writing Concentration. All I want to do is write. His application said that he was a poet and a comedian, part of an experimental comedy troupe. A poet and he’s funny? Huh. I reread his application, which had been left to stew in the “no” pile because he’d never written a play before. And because funny poets are a rare and wonderful species of human being, I moved Max to the “yes” pile, despite his lack of experience writing plays. It is hard to imagine now that Max’s application could ever have remained in any other pile—a strange parallel universe in which I never met Max.

Excerpt: The Final Voicemails by Max Ritvo

Max Ritvo was a prodigiously gifted poet; toward the end of his life, he was also volcanically productive. Nothing he wrote was without flashes of brilliance, but many of these late poems would surely have been revised or jettisoned; it was slow work to sift out the very best. This he asked me to do—it seemed to me an essential labor lest the weaker poems dilute the stronger. What follows, obviously, reflects my judgment. Nothing has been revised; Elizabeth Metzger, Max’s designated literary executor, suggested one minute cut. Cancer was Max’s tragedy; it was also, as he was canny enough to see, his opportunity. Poets who die at twenty-five do not commonly leave bodies of work so urgent, so daring, so supple, so desperately alive.

Louise Glück

Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Gluck’s most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, won the National Book Award for Poetry. Other recent books are A Village Life, which was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and Averno, which was nominated for the National Book Award, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year. 

– 02/07/2019

The Center for Literary Arts at San José State University is proud to present Analicia Sotelo (Virgin): A Poetry Reading at the San José Museum of Art.  

– 09/22/2018

David Keplinger will read from his newest collection of poetry, Another City, and share an excerpt from his upcoming young adult novel based loosely on his childhood in the Indian Valley.

– 09/29/2018

The Montana Book Festival is proud of present Hearth: A Global Conversation on Community, Identity, and Place with visiting panelists and contributors to the collection, Gretel Ehrlich, Debra Earling and Christopher Merrill.

– 09/13/2018

A Year in the Wilderness duo Amy & Dave Freeman will be featured in Eastern Kentucky University's Annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture and Keynote Address for Celebration of Science Week. 


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