Graywolf intern Talia Young offers a poignant appreciation for this collection of poems that grapples with not only Shinder’s mother’s illness, but his own.

The $35,000 award is given to writers in the process of completing a book of nonfiction and will support Baker’s next book, The Last Englishman, to be published by Graywolf Press in 2018.

Winner of the Cave Canem Prize in Poetry in 2015 and nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry this year, Bestiary is a fiercely beautiful collection of poems, ostriches, whales, centaurs, and mermaids, and it's mesmerizing early readers.

Monica Youn's Blackacre has landed, and in this essay she looks at everything from Pokémon Go to the Annotations to Finnegan's Wake to illustrate why words are inseparable from their history.

of the Week
October 17, 2016
Tony Hoagland

Last week, Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature. This week, we share Tony Hoagland's poem about Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," which articulates the importance of words reaching us, at all, whether sung or written. Dylan's question, which becomes Hoagland's question in this poem, is one that all—those who object to Dylan's win, those who applaud itmight benefit from asking: what will we do now?—Susannah Sharpless, editorial assistant

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