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Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s OCEANIC

AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL reads "In Praise of My Manicure"

“Because I was taught all my life to blend in, I want / my fingernails to blend out”AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL reads “In Praise of My Manicure” from her new book, OCEANIC – one of the spring titles readers like you can help bring to life with your support:

Posted by Copper Canyon Press on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

“Poetry offers an attention to the world, to beauty, and to love. I think that’s a form of activism: inviting people in this hurting world to see animals and nature and human relationships differently, and to take refuge in beauty.”

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of OCEANIC


Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of OCEANIC

Here’s what Aimee says about working with Copper Canyon:

“For over twenty years I’ve eagerly read books from Copper Canyon Press — my bookshelf is full of well-worn and dog-eared favorites. They’ve ushered in a stunning array of diverse voices throughout the years and I’m truly honored they are about to publish my latest collection.

I’ve been reading Copper Canyon books since I first started studying poetry. I learned about voice from C.D. Wright; the quiet loveliness of staying with an image from W.S. Merwin; and fierce fire from Lucille Clifton. OCEANIC will be the first book of mine to appear with that iconic pressmark.”

Aimee was born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and a father from South India. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry. She has served as returning faculty at Kundiman, the Asian American Writers’ Retreat, and with Ross Gay, she co-authored the chapbook, Lace & Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens. Awards for her writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Prize, and being selected as the 2016-17 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence. Aimee is poetry editor of Orion Magazine, widely recognized as one of America’s leading environmental magazines. Her collection of nature essays is forthcoming from Milkweed. She is professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.