Copper Canyon Press Launch Party Livestream: James Richardson, Sarah Ruhl, Heather McHugh

Join Copper Canyon Press for a weekly series of free livestreaming book launch readings in the month of April. 

On April 21, our poets are JAMES RICHARDSON, SARAH RUHL, and HEATHER MCHUGH. Each will read from and talk about their new poetry collections. Gather with us for some online community!

James Richardson’s recent collections include During (Copper Canyon, 2016), which received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award as the best book in progress; By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, 2010), a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2010” and a finalist for the National Book Award; Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, 2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (Copper Canyon, 2001). Richardson’s poems, microlyrics, aphorisms, and ten-second essays appear in The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, Great American Prose Poems, and Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists. His work also appears in Short Flights, Short Circuits: Aphorisms, Fragments and Literary Anomalies, and several Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, essayist and poet. She is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a Tony Award nominee. Her book of essays, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, was published by FSG and named a notable book by The New York Times. Her book Letters from Max, co-authored with Max Ritvo and published by Milkweed Editions, was on The New Yorker’s Best Poetry of the Year list. Her plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday; How to Transcend a Happy Marriage; The Oldest Boy; Stage Kiss; Dear Elizabeth; In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play; The Clean House; Passion Play; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando; Late: A Cowboy Song, and a translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Her plays have been produced on and off Broadway, around the country, and internationally, where they’ve been translated into over fifteen languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University.

Heather McHugh, recipient of a 2009 MacArthur fellowship, is the author of thirteen books of poetry, translation, and literary essays. Her prize-winning translations include a Griffin International Poetry Prize selection, and her books of original poetry have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. McHugh has taught literature and writing for over three decades, most regularly at the University of Washington in Seattle and in the low-residency MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville. From 1999 to 2005 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2000 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2011 to 2018 she hosted respite getaways for full-time family caregivers.