Feb 13

Its Ghostly Workshop Searches for Truth across Time and Place

“Intellectual travelogue merges with literary tour in these intricate creations and re-creations.”—Betty Adcock, author of Intervale: New and Selected Poems 

“A compelling convergence of the near and the far, Its Ghostly Workshop offers a version of the particular that yields a haunting enormity, and a glimpse of coherence amid our machinations and lush debris.”—Scott Cairns, author of Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected

From the Mediterranean to the American West, the poems in Ron Smith’s new collection move across time and place to seek reliable truths through personal observation. Beyond his own experiences Smith draws from the lives of notable and diverse figures—Edward Teller, Edgar Allan Poe, Mickey Mantle, Ezra Pound, Robert Penn Warren, Jesse Owens, Leni Riefenstahl, and many others.

Its Ghostly Workshop probes the fallibility of philosophy while strengthening the quest for certainty. Wondering and weighing, these are poems capable of conviction as well as doubt. Like the city of Rome, the subject at the book’s center, Its Ghostly Workshop aims to rewire us, to “virus” us, to “rush” us “with visionary blazes, cascades / of memory, incandescent logic.”

Ron Smith, author of the poetry collections Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery and Moon Road, is the poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature. Winner of the Carole Weinstein Prize and other poetry awards, he holds the George Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching and serves as Writer-in-Residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Richmond.

March 11, 2013
88 pages, 6 x 9
Paper $16.95
LSU Press Paperback Original

Feb 11

Watch Ava Haymon read What the Witch Wanted

Jun 10

Breach poet Cooley on “The Sound of Books”

9780807135846 Hear LSU Press poet Nicole Cooley read from and discuss her new collection, Breach, in this excellent interview on "The Sound of Books" (WWNO).

Nicole Cooley's New Volume of Katrina-Inspired Poems, "Breach" (WWNO)

Nov 09

Betty Adcock reviewed and interviewed

9780807133095Betty Adcock's most recent collection of poetry, Slantwise, was recently reviewed by the online journal Cerise Press.  Ms. Adcock also gave a wonderful interview in which she discusses her craft.  You may read both by following the links below.

Wandering in Earth: Slantwise by Betty Adcock (Cerise Press)

Poetry is a Way of Seeing: A Conversation with Betty Adcock (Cerise Press)

Feb 09

The New York Times Reviews Time and the Tilting Earth

Veteran poet Miller Williams's latest collection, Time and the Tilting Earth, is  reviewed in the February 22 issue of The New York Times Book Review.

"In poem after poem, he mingles the low and the high in both form and
content, bringing a sense of cleareyed practicality to life’s big
questions and a keenly honed poetic technique to the cadences of
Arkansas porch talk."

Dec 08

LSU Press Remembers Pinkie Gordon Lane

Dr. Pinkie Gordon Lane, LSU Press author and former Louisiana Poet Laureate, died on December 3rd at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a short illness.  She is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Elegy
for Etheridge: Poems
and Girl
at the Window: Poems
.  Dr. Lane had a distinguished career as an educator, as well.  She was the first African-American to recieve a doctorate from LSU (1967) and taught English at Southern University for 27 years, serving 12 years as the department chair.

Our thoughts are with her family.  Read the obituary in The Advocate.

Sep 08

Galvin interviewed in latest issue of “Shenandoah”

LSU Press poet Brenden Galvin was recently interviewed by Thomas Reiter for Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review. You may read this fascinating interview by visiting the Poetry Daily website or by visiting the Shenandoah site and downloading the PDF.  Mr. Galvin’s latest collection, Whirl Is King: Poems from a Life List, was published by LSU Press this month.

Jul 08

Kirby wins 2008 SIBA Award for Poetry

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has announced the winners of their annual book award.  LSU Press author, David Kirby, has won the SIBA Award in Poetry for his latest collection, The House on Boulevard St. 

“Kirby’s narrative poems are so amazing and thought-provoking, funny in places you would never expect, and wise and humble. Like the very best in poetry, they need to be read out loud. You have the feeling you have set out on a journey with a fascinating companion, lost track of the way, and when you are sure you are lost you suddenly find yourself, if not exactly where you intended to be then in a new place even better than you expected to find.” ~Inkwood Books

Apr 08

Claudia Emerson discusses “Late Wife”

Divorce360.com, an Internet community which deals with the issues surrounding divorce, recently interviewed LSU Press author Claudia Emerson about her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Late Wife.  Click here to read the entire article.

Apr 08

The News & Observer spotlights Yellow Shoe Fiction

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) recently ran a great feature on LSU Press and its Yellow Shoe Fiction series.  Click here to read the full article.