Wide Awake (Paperback)

Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond

By Suzanne Lummis (Editor), Liz Camfiord (Editor), Henry J. Morro (Editor)

Beyond Baroque Books, 9781892184030, 324pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2015

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Named one of Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin's "Top 10 Books of 2015", Wide Awake draws together nationally acclaimed poets and gifted newer writers-one hundred twelve poets of Los Angeles and its surrounding territories-whose work speaks to the humanity, pathos and comedy, of what may be the most romanticized and scorned, disparaged and exalted, of the world's great cities. With respect to style, the selections range from the narrative to the more open-ended or non-sequential, classic formal verse to robust vernacular, and in this way speak to the lively state of North American poetry in our age. Poets include David St. John, Wanda Coleman, Cecilia Woloch, Lynne Thompson, Timothy Steele, Kate Gale, Gail Wronsky, Terry Wolverton, Luis J. Rodriguez, Tony Barnstone, Robin Coste Lewis, William Archila and Melissa Roxas.

About the Author

Editor Suzanne Lummis, originally from San Francisco, is a long-time, influential poet and teacher in Los Angeles. She studied with Philip Levine, Peter Everwine and Charles Hanzliceck in the acclaimed Cal State University, Fresno program. In 1997, The Los Angeles Times cited her earlier anthology, Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, as one of the Hundred Best Books of the Year. Her most recent book, Open 24 Hours, won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize.