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#WCW: Jill Sigman’s Performative Installations






The work of choreographer Jill Sigman exists at the intersection of dance, theater, and visual installation. Described as an artist of “prodigious imagination and intelligence” by The New York Times, Sigman transforms simple actions like walking on eggshells, sliding down the stairs, and eating hot pink roses into complex statements about self, society, and human…

#tbt: “A Blessing,” by James Wright






Today’s Throwback Thursday selection is a James Wright poem found in a forthcoming poetry collection for children: Book of Nature Poetry. The poem was originally published in Wright’s 1963 volume, The Branch Will Not Break, which is also available as an adorable mini-book.   “A Blessing” by James Wright from The Branch Will Not Break (Wesleyan UP, 1963) Also found in…

#tbt: Young Union “Soldiers”






Today’s Throwback Thursday images are from the book Heroes for all Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories. These photographs depict two rather young Union “soldiers”.   The name of boy on the left has been lost to history. He was most likely a former slave who sought shelter with Union soldiers. Many such…

Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins






Janet Collins (1917–2003) was a renowned dancer, painter, and the first African-American soloist ballerina to appear on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. It took her many years of resolve, facing the blatant racism that existed in the dance community (as it did elsewhere in the United States), to achieve the status of prima ballerina at…

Anthology Film Archives (NYC) presents Robert Ryan






“Robert Ryan: An Actor’s Actor” Special screenings of films featuring Robert Ryan Sept. 4–10 @ Anthology Film Archives    A six-film Robert Ryan retrospective in conjunction with The Lives of Robert Ryan (Wesleyan UP) ACT OF VIOLENCE (Fred Zinnemann, 1948) September 4, 7:00 PM; September 6, 4:15 PM; September 8, 9:00 PM ON DANGEROUS GROUND (Nicholas…

Readercon Weekend–win a book!






Readercon 26 is taking place this weekend, July9–12, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Returning conference-goers will be used to seeing Leslie Starr at our booth. Alas, Leslie is retiring! Our wonderful new marketing manager, Jaclyn Wilson, is on hand at our booth to answer questions. Please stop by to introduce yourself and check out our new books, including Five…

#tbt: Old Leather Man






Today’s Throwback Thursday selection is from our 2008 book The Old Leather Man. I first learned about the Old Leather Man around 15 years ago, when I worked for Arcadia Publishing. One day, after joining the staff here at Wesleyan, I was pleasantly surprised to see a proposal for an entire book on the subject. That book, The Old…

César Vallejo, cuatro paredes de la celda / Four Walls of the Cell






Today’s Throwback Thursday poem is from César Vallejo’s Trilce, first published in Peru in 1922, the year after the poet spent 105 days in prison for allegedly instigating a partisan skirmish in his hometown, Santiago de Chuco. Trilce is still considered one of the most radical Spanish-language avant-garde poetry collections ever written. Wesleyan’s edition of the book…

#tbt: The Burr-Hamilton Duel






Interview in Weehawken: The Burr-Hamilton Duel as Told in the Original Documents was published by Wesleyan University Press in 1960. It didn’t end well for Hamilton.   Wesleyan continues to publish books of local history today, and distributes books for The Acorn Club of Connecticut, whose mission is to gather and publish significant primary source…