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The Poetry Publishers That Define Excellence: A Guide to the Most Popular Companies

Poetry publishing is a niche market, but there are a number of publishers that have made a name for themselves by producing high-quality poetry collections and anthologies. Some of the most successful poetry publishers include:

  1. Copper Canyon Press: Founded in 1972, Copper Canyon Press is a nonprofit publisher that focuses on poetry and translation. The press has published many notable poets such as W.S Merwin, Jane Hirshfield, and Li-Young Lee.

  2. Graywolf Press: Graywolf Press is a nonprofit publisher that has been publishing poetry and literary fiction since 1974. The press has published many poets who have won prestigious awards such as National Book Award, The Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  3. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: This publisher is a major player in the poetry world, publishing the work of many acclaimed poets including Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and Louise Glück, as well as contemporary poets such as Ocean Vuong, Frank Bidart and Terrance Hayes.

  4. BOA Editions: BOA Editions is a nonprofit publisher that focuses on poetry, fiction, and translation. The press has published poets such as Henri Cole, Li-Young Lee, and Grace Schulman.

  5. Wave Books: This publisher is an independent poetry press that publishes poetry collections, chapbooks, and anthologies. The press has published poets such as Matthew Zapruder, Eileen Myles, and Ada Limón.

  6. Bloodaxe Books: This publisher is based in the United Kingdom and focuses on poetry from around the world. It has published poets such as Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Ted Hughes.

These publishers have been successful by producing high-quality poetry books, and by promoting their poets through literary festivals, book tours, and other events. They also have a good reputation in the industry, which enables them to attract top poets and build a loyal readership. Additionally, many of these publishers are non-profit, which allows them to focus on literary merit, rather than commercial success.

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