Wesleyan University Press
Since its inception in 1957, Wesleyan University Press has published more than 250 titles within its internationally renowned poetry series, collecting four Pulitzer prizes, a Bollingen, and two National Book Awards in that one series alone. Wesleyan University Press also aspire to maintain and develop their rigorous and multifaceted publishing program that serves the academic and intellectual life of the University; an editorial program that focuses on the publication of poetry, music, dance, science fiction, film-TV, and Connecticut history and culture.

Carriacou String Band Serenade

Performing Identity in the Eastern Caribbean
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780819501486
Pub Date: 08 Oct 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 24 b&w photos, 14 figures
Description:
An Eastern Caribbean music festival as a window on social change/>/>Every year, on a weekend before Christmas, the small Caribbean island of Carriacou, Grenada, holds its annual Parang Festival, featuring concerts, performances of local quadrille dance, Hosannah band (a cappella singing) competitions, and the climactic string band competition. Born in the years leading up to Grenada's 1979 Socialist Revolution, the Parang Festival today offers a vehicle for Carriacouans to articulate and assert a progressive understanding of local cultural identity as well as a regional, pan-Caribbean belonging. Rebecca S.

Between the Night and Its Music

New and Selected Poems
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780819501196
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Classic and new work by poet and jazz writer A. B. Spellman/>/>A.

The In-Between in Javanese Performing Arts

History and Myth, Interculturalism and Interreligiosity

The In-Between in Javanese Performing Arts

History and Myth, Interculturalism and Interreligiosity
Format: 
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819501257
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 14 b&w photos, 5 b&w line drawings, 4 b&w tables
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780819501264
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 14 b&w photos, 5 b&w line drawings, 4 b&w tables
Description:
The role of performing art in one of the world's most diverse and complex societies/>/>This book is the first comprehensive overview of Javanese performing arts from their origins to their dynamic present. Renowned scholar and musician Sumarsam draws from a lifetime of immersion in both wayang and gamelan to guide readers through the concept of the "in-between," revealing how the interplay of dualisms—myth and history, sacred and secular, personal and cultural—forms the bedrock of Javanese performance. Rigorously researched historical case studies reveal the intricate relationship between histories and mythologies in Java.

Dybbuk Americana

Dybbuk Americana

Format: 
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819501158
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819501165
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Inventive poetry explores Jewish identity in America/>/>"How can I teach a prayer / I only know how to recite?" "America, whose death / didn't you come from?" These are some of the questions that poet Joshua Gottlieb-Miller wrestles with in his beautiful, gripping new collection.

Brassroots Democracy

Maroon Ecologies and the Jazz Commons
Format: Hardback
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9780819501127
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 25 b&w photos
Description:
A new understanding of the birth of jazz through a fine-grained social history of early African American musicians/>/>Brassroots Democracy recasts the birth of jazz, unearthing vibrant narratives of New Orleans musicians to reveal how early jazz was inextricably tied to the mass mobilization of freedpeople during Reconstruction and the decades that followed. Benjamin Barson presents a "music history from below," following the musicians as they built communes, performed at Civil Rights rallies, and participated in general strikes. Perhaps most importantly, Barson locates the first emancipatory revolution in the Americas—Haiti—as a nexus for cultural and political change in nineteenth-century Louisiana.

Dance History(s)

Imagination as a Form of Study
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780819500908
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Description:
A multivoiced dance history book, authored by twelve diverse choreographers In an effort to deepen our understanding of what dance is and how it has functioned throughout human history, this prismatic book project is dedicated to an artist-centric perception of dance history. Diverse dance artists from the American dance field contribute personal views of how dance has unfolded over time, answering the question: "Who is in your imaginary dance family tree, FROM the beginning of time to YOU/now?" Twelve illustrated booklets, each written by a working choreographer, address the subject of dance history from nonacademic, subjective, poetic perspectives.

I Said That Love Heals from Inside

Love Poems of Yusef Komunyakaa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 54
ISBN: 9780819501677
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Description:
A chapbook of love poems from Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa/>/>I Said That Love Heals From Inside: Love Poems is a small treasure featuring five decades of love poems by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Komunyakaa is a poet whose work aches with a longing that is rarely easily resolved but rather burns fiercely in each line. Every poem in this collection longs for life, for passion, for a different history, a past long lost, and ultimately to love and to be loved.

Preservation in Action

Ten Stories Of Stewardship: Restoration, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Adaptation, and Reuse
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780819501462
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 102 color photos
Description:
A one-of-a-kind tour through exquisitely preserved, chronicled and illustrated historic buildings/>/>Preservation in Action is the first publication that tells the compelling story of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut's largest and oldest historic district in its oldest town. Based on original research, with stunning photography and handsome design, through ten examples of restoration, rehabilitation, renovation, adaptation, and reuse, it demonstrates the community's efforts over more than a century to preserve the architectural legacy of its historic village, through individual and institutional commitments, civic planning decisions, historic preservation, and design review./>/>The examples range from the oldest house in town, with a 17th century addition added thirty years ago, to a 19th century commercial building whose greenhouse was repurposed as a cafe in 2022 and includes the town's old high school whose redevelopment, in a bold partnership between the Town and the Historical Society, together with the Society's redevelopment of another town owned building, has spurred the economic revival of the old village.

Soon and Wholly

Format: Hardback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780819501288
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Illustrations: 12 b&w halftones, 4 color halftones
Description:
New poetry by the author of acclaimed 2023 novel Take What You Need faces the complexities of life on a swiftly heating earth./>/>Idra Novey's first collection in a decade, since Patricia Smith chose Exit, Civilian for the National Poetry Series, brings a lyric intimacy to the extremes of our era. The poems juxtapose sweltering days with children in a city with moments from a rural childhood roaming free in the woods, providing a bridge between those often polarized realities.

DEED

DEED

Format: 
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780819501301
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780819501325
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
A lyrically and formally innovative exploration of desire and its cost/>/>DEED, the follow-up to torrin a. greathouse's 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award winning debut, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, is a formally and lyrically innovative exploration of queer sex and desire, and what it can cost. Sprawling across art, eros, survival, myth, etymology, and musical touchstones from Bruce Springsteen to Against Me!

Go Figure

Go Figure

Format: 
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500793
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500809
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Keen, pithy meditations on a world that continues to surprise us/>/>The poems in Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout's new book are concerned with "this ongoing attempt/ to catalog the world" in a time of escalating disasters. From the bird who "check-marks morning/once more//like someone who gets up/to make sure// the door is locked" to bat-faced orchids, raising petals like light sails as if about to take flight, these poems make keen visual and psychological observations. The title Go Figure speaks to the book's focus on the unexpected, the strange, and the seemingly incredible so that: "We name things/ to know where we are.

Living Space

John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Free Jazz, From Analog to Digital
Living Space Cover
Format: 
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780819569196
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 42 b&w photos
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780819569202
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 42 b&w photos
Description:
Examines John Coltrane's "late period" and Miles Davis's "Lost Quintet" through the prisms of digital architecture and experimental photographyLiving Space: John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Free Jazz, from Analog to Digital fuses biography and style history in order to illuminate the music of two jazz icons, while drawing on the discourses of photography and digital architecture to fashion musical insights that may not be available through the traditional language of jazz analysis. The book follows the controversial trajectories of two jazz legends, emerging from the 1959 album Kind of Blue. Coltrane's odyssey through what became known as "free jazz" brought stylistic (r)evolution and chaos in equal measure.

Fraught Balance

The Embodied Politics of Dabke Dance Music in Syria
Fraught Balance Cover
Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819501028
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 24 b&w photos, 2 b&w tables
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780819501035
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Series: Music/Culture
Illustrations: 24 b&w photos, 2 b&w tables
Description:
A vivid and intricate study of dance music traditions that reveals the many contradictions of Syrian identity in the 21st centuryDabke, one of Syria's most beloved dance music traditions, is at the center of the country's war and the social tensions that preceded conflict. Drawing on almost two decades of ethnographic, archival, and digital research, Shayna M. Silverstein shows how dabke dance music embodies the fraught dynamics of gender, class, ethnicity, and nationhood in an authoritarian state.
Carved in Stone Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9780819501240
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Description:
Evocative photographs and essay illuminate early American gravestones.Gravestones are colonial America's earliest sculpture and they provide a unique physical link to the European people who settled here. Carved in Stone book is an elegant collection of over 80 fine duotone photographs, each a personal meditation on an old stone carving, and on New England's past, where these stones tell stories about death at sea, epidemics such as small pox, the loss of children, and a grim view of the afterlife.
Library of Light Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780819500915
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
Incantation and elegy shine through one another in this extraordinary poetic memoirWhen poet Danielle Vogel began writing meditations on the syntax of earthen and astral light, she had no idea that her mother's tragic death would eclipse the writing of that book, turning her attention to grief's syntax and quiet fields of cellular light in the form of memory. Written in elegant, crystalline prose poems, A Library of Light is a memoir that begins and ends in an incantatory space, one in which light speaks. At the book's center glows a more localized light: the voice of the poet as she reflects, with ceremonial patience, on the bioluminescence of the human body, language's relationship to lineage, her mother's journals written during years of estrangement from her daughter, and the healing potential of poetry.

Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton

Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton Cover
Format: 
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500359
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780819500366
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2024
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Description:
The definitive guide to a major African American poet. This volume promises to be the definitive guide to Calvin C. Hernton's unparalleled poetic career, re-introducing readers to a major voice in American poetry.