The Best American Poetry

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The Best American Poetry

By David Lehman; Sherman Alexie

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781476708195, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues with an exceptional volume edited by award-winning novelist and poet Sherman Alexie, now with a new essay by Alexie on reactions to the 2015 publication.
Since its debut in 1988, "The Best American Poetry" has become a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry. Each volume in the series presents the year's most extraordinary new poems and writers. Guest editor Sherman Alexie's picks for "The Best American Poetry 2015" highlight the depth and breadth of the American experience. Culled from electronic and print journals, the poems showcase some of our leading luminaries Amy Gerstler, Terrance Hayes, Ron Padgett, Jane Hirshfield and introduce a number of outstanding younger poets taking their place in the limelight.
A leading figure since his breakout poetry collection "The Business of Fancydancing" in 1992, Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." He describes himself as lucky enough to be a full-time writer and has written short stories, novels, screenplays, and essays but he is at his core a poet. As always, series editor David Lehman's foreword assessing the state of the art kicks off the book, followed by an introductory essay in which Alexie discusses his selections. "The Best American Poetry 2015" is a guide to who's who and what's happening in American poetry today.

About the Author
David Lehman is the founder and longtime editor of the Best American Poetry series and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and cultural criticism, including A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, which won ASCAP'S Deems Taylor Award; The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets; and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man. A core faculty member of the graduate writing program at the New School, he lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Sherman Alexie, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. His twenty-four books include"What I've Stolen, What I've Earned", poetry, "Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories", and"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, "a novel. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family.