Books

  • ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY UNDERWOOD
    EXCERPT

    Summer Storm in the Sierra

    - A former poet laureate of the United States shares an excerpt from his Summer Snow: New Poems.
CARICATURE BY STEVE CARROLL
POETRY

Three Questions with Robert Hass

The poet discusses his home, his inspiration, and his study habits. 

CARICATURE BY STEVE CARROLL
NONFICTION

Three Questions with Luis J. Rodriguez

The former poet laureate of Los Angeles comes complete, just as he is. 

Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell; foreword by devorah major; City Lights Publishers, 234 pages, $19.95.
POETRY

Bob Kaufman Returns

Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman brings back a neglected literary hero.

CARICATURE BY STEVE CARROLL

Spring 2020 Book Guide

We’ve got something for everyone. From maps to mysteries, poetic prose to complex current events — and so much more, Alta‘s ...

Former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan distills a lifetime of thinking about—and writing—verse with the essays collected in Synthesizing Gravity.
POETRY

Kay Ryan: A Poet in Her Element

With the essays in Synthesizing Gravity, Kay Ryan pulls back the covers on her verse.

The filmmaker, artist, and author uses her own recollections, as well as those of collaborators like David Byrne and Spike Jonze, to examine her body of work.
ART & PHOTOS

A Very Heartfelt Miranda July

Miranda July’s new book takes a long look back at—Miranda July.

Laila Lalami, author of Conditional Citizens.
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NONFICTION

Laila Lalami Goes Deep

Editor’s note: As we went to press, the publication dates of some of the titles included in our Spring 2020 ...