Some back-to-school reads from our very own Jeffery Renard Allen, Tony Hoagland, Diane Seuss, and Steve Stern, teachers all. These are, of course, for extra credit.

"Poems, it might be said, aren’t at home in the history books. Which is why I write them." With this week marking ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Katie Ford revisits some of her poems from Colosseum about the storm and its aftermath.

Sara Majka’s cerebral debut story collection, Cities I've Never Lived In (publication date: February 2016) is the second book in Graywolf's collaborative efforts with A Public Space. APS editor, Brigid Hughes, introduces us to this collection about distance and belonging, at turns both sad and humorous.

“My relations with dead friends keep changing as much as when they were alive. So writing these poems was a way of keeping them near me. . . . Phil Levine once said, ‘Love’—let's not use that word. It's been used ten thousand eight-hundred and seventy-six times.’ I suppose this is my way of saying it, but without using ‘that word.’”—Tom Sleigh

The Report: A Novel by Jessica Francis Kane was published by Graywolf in 2010 and is something of a historical mystery and nuanced political critique of terror and blame. And now it's taking to the stage in NYC during The Fringe Festival. Learn more about the play and the adaptation process with the interview between Jessica and the adapter Martin Casella.

The Graywolf pack has had a recent influx of new wolves! We thought you might like to take a look yourselves and to get to know them. We find them to be pretty magical and mysterious forest creatures and think you will, too!

Claudia Rankine's Citizen has now, thanks to Stephen Sachs and the Fountain Theatre, been adapted for the stage. In this interview Stephen says, "As adaptor, my first challenge was to identify language that was more easily understood when read with the eyes than when heard with the ears. Line by line, I kept asking myself: If an audience were just hearing this phrase, would they get it?"

For #ThrowBackThursday we thought we’d share the original cover design of the 1984 Graywolf collection Across the Mutual Landscape by Christopher Gilbert, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets alongside its new packaging as Turning into Dwelling, the newest title in the Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series.

We asked some of our authors to recommend a book they believe every American should read over the Fourth of July, books they think are essential to the American conversation they see happening right now. As usual they did not disappoint!

"[Joshua] Cohen’s newest novel, Book of Numbers, just released by Penguin Random House, is a tome of metafiction. . . . But if you want a taste of Cohen before undertaking a book that has been compared to Infinite Jest, the stories in Four New Messages offer a condensed prophecy from a playful, dexterous, and uncannily veracious writer."—Remy Mason, Editorial Intern