Thursday, July 31, 2014

Select Graywolf Press Books by Black Writers, 2000 - 2013

Graywolf Press takes up considerable space in my collection. I'm fine with that. They've produced good books by really talented writers. In addition to volumes by Elizabeth Alexander, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Harryette Mullen, Tracy K. Smith, and Natasha Trethewey, Graywolf has published scholarly work by Alexander and Kevin Young.

I acquired the following Graywolf Press books over the years.

2000: Domestic Work (paperback) by Natasha Trethewey
2001: Antebellum Dream Book (paperback) by Elizabeth Alexander
2002: Bellocq's Ophelia (paperback) by Natasha Trethewey
2003: The Body's Question (paperback) by Tracy K. Smith
2005: The Maverick Room (paperback) by Thomas Sayers Ellis
2005: American Sublime (paperback) by Elizabeth Alexander
2006: Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse and Drudge (paperback) by Harryette Mullen
2007: Duende (paperback) by Tracy K. Smith
2009: Praise Song for the Day (paperback) by Elizabeth Alexander
2010: Skin Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (hardcover) by Thomas Sayers Ellis 
2010: Crave Radiance New and Selected Poems (hardcover) by Elizabeth Alexander
2010: Missing You, Metropolis (paperback) by Gary Jackson
2011: Life on Mars (paperback) by Tracy K. Smith
2012: Crave Radiance New and Selected Poems (paperback) by Elizabeth Alexander
2013: Skin Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (paperback) by Thomas Sayers Ellis

2004: The Black Interior by Elizabeth Alexander
2012: The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young

Trethewey's Domestic Work, Smith's The Body's Question, and Jackson's Missing You, Metropolis were recipients of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Alexander's Praise Song for the Day was read at President Barack Obama's first inauguration. Smith's Life on Mars was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and Kevin Young's The Grey Album won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. 

I'll eventually purchase Graywolf Press books by Dexter L. Booth, Constance Quarterman Bridges, Carl Phillips, and Claudia Rankine. I also have to get Haryette Mullen's Urban Tumbleweed (2013).

A Notebook on Book History
Black Poetry published by Graywolf Press 

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