Copper Canyon Press

Copper Canyon Press
Founded 1972
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Port Townsend, Washington
Distribution Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Poetry
Official website

Copper Canyon Press[1][2] is an independent, non-profit small press, specializing in the publication of poetry and located in Port Townsend, Washington. Since 1972, the Press has published poetry exclusively.

Copper Canyon Press publishes new collections of poetry by both revered and emerging[3] American poets, translations of classical and contemporary work from many of the world's cultures,[4] re-issues of out-of-print poetry classics, prose books about poetry, and anthologies.

The press achieved national stature when Copper Canyon poet, W.S. Merwin, won the 2005 National Book Award for Poetry[5] in the same year another Copper Canyon poet, Ted Kooser, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was appointed to a second year as United States Poet Laureate.[6] Merwin later won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry[7] and in 2010 was named United States Poet Laureate.[8] Copper Canyon has published more than 400 titles, including works by Nobel Prize Laureates Pablo Neruda, Odysseas Elytis, Octavio Paz, Vicente Aleixandre and Rabindranath Tagore; Pulitzer Prize-winners Ted Kooser, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, Theodore Roethke, and W.S. Merwin; National Book Award winners Hayden Carruth, Lucille Clifton, and Ruth Stone; and some contemporary poets and translators such as Jim Harrison, C. D. Wright, Bill Porter (aka Red Pine), Norman Dubie, Eleanor Wilner, Arthur Sze, James Richardson, Tom Hennen and Lucia Perillo.

Building #313 at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington is the home of Copper Canyon Press.

The press published What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford[9] to great critical acclaim in 2015. In his New York Times review,[10] Dwight Garner complimented the press for performing a "vital and difficult task" and giving the reader "a chance to see him (Stanford) whole." National Public Radio called the book's release "the big event in poetry for 2015."[11]

Also in 2015, Copper Canyon Press acquired the U.S. rights to a manuscript of lost poems by Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Discovered by archivists from The Pablo Neruda Foundation in the summer of 2014 just after the April 2013 exhumation of Neruda's body in Chile,[12] this collection of poems has been called “a literary event of universal importance" and “the biggest find in Spanish literature in recent years”.[13] The collection, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems, translated by Pulitzer finalist Forrest Gander, was released in April 2016 and includes full-color, facsimile presentations of Neruda’s handwritten poems.[14] Copper Canyon was also awarded the rights to publish Neruda’s first book, Crepusulario, which has also never appeared in the U.S. in English translation.

Not only does Copper Canyon Press publish works of established poets, it also strives to publish the first books by extraordinary new poets. In 2016, Copper Canyon published two debut collections: Camille Rankine's Incorrect Merciful Impulses[15] and Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds;[16] both of these titles received critical acclaim.[17][18]

Major Prizes


  1. "Copper Canyon Press. A nonprofit publisher dedicated to poetry.".
  5. Jenna Krajeski (20 April 2009). "Copper Canyon's Big Time". The New Yorker.
  9. "Copper Canyon Press: What About This, poetry by Frank Stanford".
  11. "Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview". 17 January 2015.
  12. Grimes, William. "Neruda Poems Found". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  13. Flood, Alison (2014-06-19). "Pablo Neruda poems 'of extraordinary quality' discovered". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
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