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Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest

Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest


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The Pacific Northwest’s vast and varied contemporary poetry scene is on display in Alive at the Center, a community-based anthology drawing from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. A collection of more than 200 poems from a wide spectrum of poets, Alive at the Center is a cultural snapshot, showcasing the best new and established voices from these three cities. Three poets from each city came together to recognize the best work of their peers, curating a collection that explores the atmosphere, beauty, complexity, and personality of the region. As the inaugural project from Ooligan Press’s Pacific Poetry Project, this book embodies the Project’s mission to bring poetry to the people by making contemporary poetic voices accessible and exciting for everyone through community involvement and conversation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932010497
Publisher: Ooligan Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Pacific Poetry Project Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alive at the Center was compiled by three well-known poets from each city, who worked together to select and compile the most representative work of their communities. They are: Susan Denning, Jesse Lichenstein, and Leah Stenson (Portland); Cody Walker, Kathleen Flenniken, and David D. Horowitz (Seattle); and Daniela Elza, Bonnie Nish, and Robin Susanto (Vancouver).
Author bios from all contributing poets will be available at ooligan.pdx.edu.


The Pacific Poetry Project’s inaugural project, Alive at the Center, is an anthology of contemporary poetry from writers in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C. that highlights the poetic atmosphere of each city. A total of nine locally invested poetry editors submitted material for the book, while three anthology editors (one from each city) made the final selections for the book. The result is a collection of over two hundred poems that represent the Pacific Northwest and provide a dynamic snapshot of local cultural life.

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