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. 

– 10/16/2018

Unabridged Bookstore will host Sarah Ruhl (Letters from Max) in conversation with director Jessica Thebus with a Q&A and booksigning to follow the discussion. 

– 11/10/2018

Playwright and author Sarah Ruhl will read passages from her newest collection, Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship at the Cincinnati location of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

– 04/01/2019

The English Department at Lewis & Clark will host poet Fady Joudah for a reading of his latest works, including Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance. 


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