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The Poetic Species


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Co-op availableSignificant galley printing for both media and booksellers. ARCs distributed at MLA and the ALA Midwinter conference.National print and online campaigns targeting nature, science, poetry, and education outlets Promotional support from Poets House and special promotion during National Poetry Month (April 2014)Academic marketing plans include Consortium subject catalog and Required Reading newsletter advertising, FYE outreach, and promotion at academic conferencesSimultaneous eBook publication and promotionPossible promotion through the Scientific American and BOMC2 book clubsGiveaways through Goodreads and Library ThingPromotion through BLP's social media networks and website: www.blpress.orgMarketing and publicity efforts supported by Molly Mikolowski of A Literary Light

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Edward O. Wilson is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author who is often dubbed "the father of sociobiology." His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world's leading authority. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize--winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Holldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than 100 awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Robert Hass' work is rooted in the landscapes of his native northern California. In his tenure as U. S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy armed with the mantra "imagination makes communities." For Hass, everything is connected. When he works to heighten literacy, he is also working to promote awareness about the environment. Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. Time and Materials, his 2007 poetry collection, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His most recent volume of poetry is The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. He recently published a book of essays titled What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World. Awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award twice (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Hass is a professor of English at University of California-Berkeley. Foreword contributor Lee Briccetti was born in Italy and raised in the United States. She currently lives in New York City where she has been the long-time executive director of Poets House, a national poetry archive and literary center. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her book of poetry, Day Mark, was published in 2005 by Four Way Books.


World Literature Today Editor's Pick "Enchanting... The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating." --Brain Pickings "The principle of consilience, or the unity of knowledge, infuses this conversation between biologist E. O. Wilson and poet Robert Hass... The eminent duo explore echoes and parallels in their respective fields with eloquent concision, from Wilson's advice to poets ("Colonize science") to Hass's musings on the interplay of selfish gene and social imperative in imagination." --Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science "The Poetic Species explores the intersection of science and the arts in relation to the staggering environmental crisis the world is encountering. I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses." --World Literature Today Editor's Pick citation "Every page offers something worth contemplating ... The Poetic Species is a fascinating foray into the ways we're connected to each other and the natural world--highly recommended reading." --Rosemary & Reading Glasses

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