Wesleyan University Press enjoyed a recent Pulitzer tap for Versed by Rae Armantrout. Since 1957 its poetry books have won four Pulitzer Prizes, a Bollingen Prize, and two National Book Awards. Oberlin College Press was able to claim finalist recognition, for Tryst, by Angie Estes.
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Lewis Levenberg, a graduate student in Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program, works with Booklab from time time, giving us fresh ideas for using the internet and various social media to promote authors and books. I invited him to guest-post some of his thoughts about digital books online:
What Google Books Can Mean For You
A lot of confusion and controversy surrounds the ongoing saga of the Author’s Guild and Association of American Publishers‘ legal action against Google. Since 2005, these two book-world powers have been locked in protracted argument with the search giant’s books division over copyright and payment issues. This complex, long-term negotiation seems to be drawing to a close, with Google honing in on the rights to expand what they hope will become the largest-ever “digital library.” However, the fact that this vast database of scanned texts is well on its way to becoming the primary reading and retail source for books on the web does NOT mean that authors are left high and dry, only to watch as their work becomes available to view (at least in part) online.
Georgetown University professor and poet David Gewanter recently had a poem featured at the website Poetry Daily. I recommend the site as a place that keeps sophisticated track of a certain aspect of the poetry world (one of many overlapping spheres).
David’s new book from the University of Chicago Press is War Bird, and the poem “Pediment” is from that volume.