Recent Poetry Titles at Collins Library

National Poetry Month is an annual celebration of poets and their craft, and this week we’re featuring some of our favorite recent poetry titles available at Collins Library. These collections showcase the unique and powerful ways that poetry has been used to explore a multitude of human experience and respond to pressing social issues. Search for these titles and many more in Primo to discover a new favorite verse!

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young

An ambitious anthology of Black poetry, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present. This volume also features biographies of each poet and notes that illuminate cultural references and allusions to historical events.


HULL by Xandria Phillips

Phillips’ debut collection explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry.

New Poets of Native Nations

New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich

This anthology gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics.

Homie: Poems

Homie: poems by Danez Smith

From the publisher: Danez Smith’s third poetry collection is a “magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer…. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez’s friends and for you and for yours.”


Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

In her fourth collection of poetry, Nezhukumatathil writes a love song to the earth and its inhabitants. Oceanic is both a title and an ethos of radical inclusion, studying forms of love as diverse and abundant as the ocean itself and speaking to the reader as a cooperative part of the earth, an extraordinary neighborhood to which we all belong.

Eye Level

Eye Level: poems by Jenny Xie

Xie’s award-winning debut takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. Animated by a restless inner questioning, these poems meditate on the forces that moor the self and set it in motion, from immigration to travel to estranging losses and departures.

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National Poetry Month: Poet Laureates

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month through the work of current poet laureates!

U.S. Poet Laureate: Joy Harjo 

Appointed by the Librarian of Congress, the U.S. Poet Laureate serves as the nation’s official poet. Joy Harjo is currently the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States (2019-present) and is the first Native American poet to hold this honor. View the Library of Congress’s resource guide to Harjo’s work and explore her signature project “Living Nations, Living Words,” which features the work of contemporary Native American poets across the country through an interactive Story Map and audio collection. 

Harjo’s latest book of poems An American Sunrise is available to check out from Collins Library.

Washington State Poet Laureate: Claudia Castro Luna

Appointed by the Governor, the Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry through programming in communities throughout the state. Claudia Castro Luna is the 5th Washington State Poet Laureate (2018-2021). She is the author of several poetry collections and also the creator of Seattle Poetic Grid, a digital mapping project which traces the city in the voices of its citizens. Her book One River, a Thousand Voices, available in Archives and Special Collections, commemorates a statewide project about the Columbia River “to explore a sense of place, of ecology, of history, and to celebrate the power of words and stories to define ourselves and our communities.” Learn more about Castro Luna’s work at her website.

Tacoma Poet Laureate: Lydia K. Valentine

The Tacoma Poet Laureate Program was founded in 2008 to showcase local artists and celebrate Tacoma’s literary community. Playwright, poet, and educator, Lydia K. Valentine will serve as Tacoma’s next Poet Laureate for 2021-2023. Her first poetry collection, Brief Black Candles, was published in November 2020. Find out more about Valentine’s current projects at her website, Lyderary Ink, and mark your calendars for the Pass the Torch Virtual Event, when she will officially assume her title. This free, public event will be held Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6–7:15 PM on TV Tacoma, livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page, and on Zoom.

Stay tuned for future posts celebrating National Poetry Month throughout April!

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Poetic Women

As Women’s History Month comes to a close and we transition to National Poetry Month in April, your reading list might benefit from a combination of the two! This post features recent poetry collections by women authors available at Collins Library. Search these titles in Primo or use the subject heading American poetry — Women authors to find additional titles.

Magical Negro: Poems by Morgan Parker

Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. From the publisher: “MagicalNegro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma, and objectification, while exploring and troubling tropes and stereotypes of Black Americans.”

Lima::Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s second poetry collection is a lyrical exploration of the intersection between gender roles and desire on the U.S.-México border.

Nasty Women Poets: an unapologetic anthology of subversive verse 

edited by Grace Bauer & Julie Kane

An anthology of poems– from women poets– that address stereotypes and expectations women have faced from the time of Eve to today’s political climate. This anthology is curated to represent a range of diverse voices unified in a message of female empowerment, activism, and the subversion of gender expectation norms.

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

Winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Oglala Lakota author, Layli Long Soldier wrote this collection in response to S.J. Res 14, a congressional apology and resolution to the native peoples of the United States. Adapted from the publisher: Through an array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, she confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators.

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Looking Forward: The Feminist Utopia Project

Women’s History Month encourages reflection and engagement with women’s historical and contemporary contributions to American society, but what of the future?

In The Feminist Utopia Project: fifty-seven visions of a wildly better future, editors Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff combine over 50 contemporary voices and invite us to imagine a truly feminist world. Among the many writers represented in this collection are Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, Sheila Heti, and Mia McKenzie, Joey Soloway, Mariame Kaba, and many more. Their contributions cover a wide range of topics, including reproductive rights, justice, empathy, body image, parenting and employment. These selections challenge the status quo that accepts inequality and violence as a given, “offering playful, earnest, challenging, and hopeful versions of our collective future in the form of creative nonfiction, fiction, visual art, poetry, and more” (Library Journal).

Available to read now as an ebook!

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Women’s Rights in Primary Sources

Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month and last year’s 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we recommend these digital collections featuring a wide variety of primary sources related to women’s suffrage and women’s political organizing in the United States.

Women’s Suffrage: Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment is a primary source set from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) that documents women’s struggle for voting rights in the United States and the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment. Sources featured include photographs, advertisements, maps, and other documents that shed light on this historic moment in U.S. history. Dig deeper with DPLA’s additional primary source sets related to other eras and aspects of women’s history

Although the 19th Amendment states that voting rights should not be denied on the basis of gender, the reality was that the vast majority of women who were able to vote after its ratification in 1920 were white; most Black women and all Native American women remained disenfranchised for decades due to a tangled web of exclusionary laws and policies. The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project from the Digital Public Library of America and their academic partners to provide access to primary source materials “documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960.”

The Women’s Rights page on DocsTeach features primary sources from the National Archives and document-based teaching activities related to women’s rights and changing roles in American history – including women’s suffrage, political involvement, citizenship rights, roles during the world wars, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and more.

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Women’s Studies On Campus

The Trail, Dec. 3, 1971 issue, Women’s liberation issue, pg. 8-15

In Fall 2020, students, faculty, and staff celebrated the arrival of Puget Sound’s new academic major in Gender & Queer Studies, but did you know that the university has offered courses in Women’s Studies since 1972? 

As reported in the November 5, 1971 issue of The Trail (pg. 9), the first was an introductory course titled “Women in American Society,” which promised to “foster an understanding of the contemporary situation of women through historical introspection.” To generate interest and promote the new course to the campus community, students coordinated a special women’s issue of The Trail published in December 1971. This fascinating issue features contributors engaging with a variety of topics reflecting the agenda and concerns of the national women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as competing perspectives on feminism from Puget Sound students.

Like many early Women’s Studies programs, University of Puget Sound’s program experienced its share of growing pains and other difficulties due to limited administrative support, budgets, staffing, and resources, in addition to broader challenges to Women’s Studies as a necessary, political, and academically valid field of study. Its survival, promotion, and continued development into our current GQS program relied on the interest, support, and dedication of a sometimes small, yet passionate group of students, faculty, and staff over the past (nearly) 50 years. Learn more about the history and development of the Gender & Queer Studies program at Puget Sound and gendered experience on campus through our University Historical Collections, which include digitized copies of The Trail, yearbooks, University Bulletins, and much more! 

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Celebrating Women’s History Month through Feminist Manifestos

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of women’s contributions to American history and contemporary society, and a great time to familiarize yourself with women’s stories, women authors, organizers, and media makers. This week, we’re featuring feminist manifestos, old and new, available at Collins Library. Manifestos have been an historically important genre for feminist thinkers and activists to challenge the status quo of gender and sex, make declarations about identity and politics, and advocate for change in our communities.

Search for these titles and many more in Primo and be inspired by perspectives from a variety of feminisms and time periods. Stay tuned for future posts this month highlighting more aspects of women’s historical, cultural, and creative production!

Burn it Down!: feminist manifestos for the revolution edited by Breanne Fahs

Spanning three centuries and four waves of feminist activism and writing from the nineteenth century to the present day, this collection chronicles the rage, dreams, and calls to action from women in a variety of contexts. The urgency and awareness represented in these documents, Fahs argues, are where new and revolutionary ideas are born.

Feminist Manifestoes: a global documentary reader edited by Penny A. Weiss

This collection brings together 150 documents, each with their own introduction, from feminist organizations and gatherings in over 50 countries over the course of three centuries. In the introduction, editor Penny Weiss explores the value of these documents, especially how they speak with and to each other.

Hood Feminism: notes from the women that a movement forgot by Mikki Kendall

In this collection of essays, Mikki Kendall critiques the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Kendall explores a variety of topics such as access to education, healthcare, wage inequality, food insecurity and more to show how race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender.

Women & Power: a manifesto by Mary Beard

In two essays, well-known classicist, Mary Beard, offers a timely exploration of our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, through examples ranging from the classical world of Medusa and Athena to modern women such as Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.

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Black Freedom Struggle – an open access collection covering the ongoing fight for equal rights.

Black Freedom Struggle is an open access collection of selective primary source documents covering the ongoing fight for equal rights.

The collection includes approximately 1,600 documents from six phases of the struggle to obtain Black freedom:

  1. Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  2. The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  3. Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  4. The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  5. The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  6. The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

The resource is especially rich in legislative sources. For example, documents related to Policing and Protests in the Contemporary Era include the Congressional hearing document, Policing Strategies for the 21st Century; the text of 116 H. Res 1007 calling for justice for George Floyd and opposing efforts to defund the police; and Representative Barbara Lee’s comments to the House of Representatives in 2020 on the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

Justice for Breonna Taylor
“401 years of white supremacy and oppression have rotted our criminal justice system. If there is any doubt that systemic racism exists, look to this decision [to indict only one of the three officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor]”.

The website draws documents from a number of ProQuest databases including American Periodical; Black Abolitionist Papers; ProQuest History Vault; ProQuest Congressional; and Alexander Street’s Black Thought and Culture, to which Collins Memorial Library subscribes.

Although the collection is not exhaustive, it is a valuable tool, affording students the opportunity to examine primary source materials to enhance their understanding of African Americans’ struggles to obtain freedom and equality in the United States.

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Collins Library Links: UPDATES – Introducing the HathiTrust Digital Library



Introducing the HathiTrust Digital Library

We’re pleased to announce that the University of Puget Sound has recently joined HathiTrust, providing our students, faculty and staff access to a majority of the digitized items made available through the HathiTrust Digital Library!  “Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items.”

The HathiTrust mission “is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.” Many member libraries select and digitize titles from their collections, and the site then offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law.  Titles available include monographs in all subject areas that are no longer restricted by copyright laws, open access titles including many federal and state government documents, and much more.

The site offers a sophisticated search tool, the ability to setup a personal account and create unique collections of materials of interest, and includes digital tools for text mining and other analytics.  Additionally, HathiTrust provides an Accessible Text Request Service for users who are blind or print disabled.  Much more information can be found on the HathiTrust site, and on the Collins HathiTrust Guide.

Please reach out to your liaison librarian with any questions about this important new resource.

Update on Streaming Media

Staff in the Library, Media Services, and Educational Technology are continuing to facilitate access to streaming media materials that you are assigning in your courses. 

Please continue to inform your liaison librarian about media titles that you plan to stream or require as part of your coursework.  Please do not assume that media/streaming resources that you have used in the past are still available as license agreements may have expired and may need to be repurchased. 

For more information about streaming media, please see: or contact your liaison librarian.

Introducing a New Colleague:

Collins Library is pleased to welcome Nick Triggs to the library staff. Nick is joining our Public Services Team. Nick joins us from the Cornish College of the Arts where he served as a librarian. Next time you are in the Library, please take a moment to say hello. You can find Nick at the Public Services Desk (Circulation). Read more about Nick here:

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  • Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Exhibition:  We are delighted to welcome back PSBA for another members’ exhibition. Browse the links below to get an idea of past shows and visit the PSBA web site for information on how you can join this event:​
  • Late fall 2021/Early winter 2022 Science Stories:  Artists and Scientist Collaborate. Co-curated by Lucia Harrison, Tacoma artist and Professor Emeritus from Evergreen College, Jane Carlin, Collins Library Director and Peter Wimberger, Professor of Biology and Director of the Slater Museum, this exhibit pairs artists and scientists in a collaboration.  Check out the web site that provides access to images and artists and scientists videos.


  • February – March 2022:  Wildlife:  The Guild of Book Workers
    The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 to “establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts.” Over 100 years later, the Guild is still vital, with regular traveling exhibitions, a journal, ten regional Chapters, and an annual Standards of Excellence seminar. Guild membership exceeds 800 and has expanded internationally. The organization is still run by volunteers. GBW is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in New York.

    This exhibition will feature approximately 50 works by Guild members. The exhibition will open in the summer of 2021 and travel from five to seven venues across the country, closing in the fall of 2022. Works will include fine and edition bindings, artist’s books, broadsides (letterpress printing, calligraphy, and decorative papermaking) and historical binding models. The number of framed wall pieces will make up a very small subset of the entries. Both the bindings and framed works to be exhibited will be selected by a jury to ensure that they are of excellent quality. Previous Guild exhibitions can be viewed online at​
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