[UCP Books]: Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets, 1983 to 2012: An E-Sampler

An E-Sampler

Publication date: October 1, 2013 978-0-226-89955-8


In 1983, the University of Chicago Press published David Ferry’s Strangers, the first book of poems in its Phoenix Poets series, to critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review lauded Ferry for his “short, sparse lyrics [that] are as perfectly and simply composed as Japanese haiku,” calling them “a rare accomplishment in poetry written in English.” Thirty years later the Press is still publishing the best poets working in English, from young poets publishing their first books to renowned masters, like Ferry, at the peak of storied careers.

Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets, 1983 to 2012 presents some of the best poets and poems from the last thirty years, beginning with that first book by David Ferry and ending with his latest, the National Book Award–winning Bewilderment, and can be downloaded for free from the University of Chicago Press website, in the Amazon Kindle store, in the Apple iBookstore, and from GooglePlay.

Poets featured:

Elizabeth Arnold
Peter Balakian
Turner Cassity
Dan Chiasson
Michael Chitwood
W. S. Di Piero
David Ferry
Kenneth Field
Christine Garren
Reginald Gibbons
Susan Hahn
Mark Halliday
Ha Jin
Paul Lake
James Longenbach
Randall Mann
Gail Mazur
Greg Miller
Robert Polito
Jim Powell
Victoria Redel
Lloyd Schwartz
Alan Shapiro
Tom Sleigh
Bruce Smith
Jason Sommer
Susan Stewart
Joshua Weiner
Eleanor Wilner
Anne Winters
Stephen Yenser


“The Phoenix Poets list has heritage, innovation, longevity, vision, and iconicity. It is an ambassador for the University of Chicago. And a very fine one!”
John Kinsella
“In my opinion, the Phoenix Poets list is second to none.”
Richard Wilbur
“For the past several years, the University of Chicago has been publishing some of the finest books by the younger American poets. No other press, in New York or anywhere, is doing any better. In fact, I can’t think of one that’s done as well.”
Philip Levine
“The Phoenix Poets list contains a number of poets currently on my list of favorites. This is a strong, vital series which has given voice to some of the best voices in American poetry today.”
Billy Collins
“The University of Chicago Press is publishing one of the most reliably
exciting poetry lists in the United States today.”
Mark Doty
“Phoenix Poets has been one of the most exciting poetry programs from any university press, perhaps from any press, in the last several years.”
Robert Hass
“The Phoenix Poets series from the University of Chicago Press remains
the strongest and most intelligently edited series going.”
David Lehman
“Some of my favorite poets are published in Phoenix Poets.”
Thom Gunn


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