Culture & Criticism Since 2003
COPPER CANYON PRESS was founded in 1972 on the premise that poetry is essential to the human spirit and necessary to the prosperity of the culture. To this end, the Press exclusively publishes poetry and has established an international reputation for its editorial acumen, commitment to poets, devotion to fine bookmaking, and dedication to expanding the international poetry audience.
In 1974, Copper Canyon Press established a permanent residency with Centrum, a nonprofit arts agency located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. In its early years, the Press issued mostly small editions of letterpress books printed from hand-set type on quality paper and bound by hand. In the mid-’70s, this operation was expanded to include more offset trade editions, providing broad distribution for the work of both new and established writers.
The Press currently publishes on average eighteen books per year while maintaining an active backlist of 160 titles. Over the past three decades, Copper Canyon has published works by Nobel Laureates Pablo Neruda, Odysseas Elytis, Octavio Paz, Vicente Aleixandre, and Czeslaw Milosz; Pulitzer Prize-winners Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, and W.S. Merwin; National Book Award winners Hayden Carruth and Lucille Clifton; and some of the most original contemporary poets such as Rebecca Seiferle, C.D. Wright, Eleanor Wilner, Arthur Sze, Jane Miller and Olga Broumas. In addition, the Press is renowned for its commitment to poetry in translation, producing nearly 20% of the poetry translations that were published in America last year.
Along with City Lights in San Francisco, Copper Canyon Press brings us the most important poetry books in the country (as exemplified by the Collected Poems of Kenneth Rexroth, one of the best books of verse to appear in the last half decade). In a world of disposable art and fast-food entertainment, Copper Canyon has published a catalog meant to be passed down – one generation to the next.
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