Rolf Potts is an American travel writer, essayist, podcaster, and author.

  • Alien vs. Predator

    The debut collection of a poet whose savage, hilarious work has already received extraordinary notice.,Since his poems first began to appear in the pages of The New Yorker and Poetry, there has been a lot of excited talk about the fresh and inventive work of Michael Robbins. Equal parts hip- hop, John Berryman, and capitalism seeking death and not finding it, Robbins’s poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and completely unlike anything else being written today. As allusive as the Cantos, as aggressive as a circular saw, this debut collection will offend none but the virtuous.,”Every once in a while, a book appears as if out of nowhere, uncanny in its authority, combining the shock of the new with the shock of recognition. Michael Robbins’s Alien vs. Predator has given me a sense of what early readers of The Waste Land must have felt in 1922, what it must have been like to pick up a copy of Wise Blood at the bookstore in 1952.”–John Wilson, Commonweal,”You don’t get the instant satisfaction you might expect from a poet hungrily stalking the moment; Robbins’s poems have their own distinctly contemporary appeal: They slowly develop into embarrassing pictures of ourselves. They aren’t just shiny and fun, they’re also sharp — which makes them quite dangerous.”–The Boston Globe,”The first important poet whose work can be appreciated only with an Internet connection, Robbins is a lot more than the first ‘Google poet.’ He is also a significant new poetic voice and, quite possibly, a living poet with a chance of developing a genuine popular following.”–The Weekly Standard,”If later John Ashbery and David McGimpsey have proven that capitalist popular culture is a suitable subject for poetry, Robbins goes a step further and attempts its formal mimesis. And he does it really goddamn well.”–The National Post

  • At the Drive-In Volcano

    The astonishing second book by a lively and inventive American poet of Filipina-Indian descent. Naomi Shihab Nye says of this book, “Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems are . . . ripe, funny and fresh. They’re the fullness of days, deliciously woven of heart and verve, rich with sources and elements-animals, insects, sugar, cardamom, legends, countries, relatives, soaps, fruits-taste and touch. I love the nubby layerings of lines, luscious textures and constructions. . . . She knows that many worlds may live in one house. . . .”

  • Backwards Days

    Another set of antidotal lyrics and story-poems from Stuart Dischell.,Sly, comic, inventive, and exuberant, the brokenhearted lyrics and dark parables of Backwards Days are cast in the spirit and craft Stuart Dischell’s poetry is known for. In this, his fourth full-length collection, he revs up both music and experience and writes startling poems of emotional intensity that chronicle the restlessness of desire. Sometimes grim, ever buoyant and hopeful, even in the most sorrowful or macabre situations, the poems of Backwards Days are most particularly about the movement of time, physical movement, and the movement of the heart. Through landscapes both real and of the psyche, they live on the edge of an elusive understanding never quite gotten right.

  • Best American Poetry

    The 2018 edition of the Best American Poetry??????a ???best??? anthology that really lives up to its title??? (Chicago Tribune)???collects the most significant poems of the year, chosen by Poet Laureate of California Dana Gioia.,The guest editor for 2018, Dana Gioia, has an unconventional poetic background. Gioia has published five volumes of poetry, served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently sits as the Poet Laureate of California, but he is also a graduate of Stanford Business School and was once a Vice President at General Foods. He has studied opera and is a published librettist, in addition to his prolific work in critical essay writing and editing literary anthologies. Having lived several lives, Gioia brings an insightful, varied, eclectic eye to this year???s Best American Poetry.,With his classic essay ???Can Poetry Matter????, originally run in The Atlantic in 1991, Gioia considered whether there is a place for poetry to be a part of modern American mainstream culture. Decades later, the debate continues, but Best American Poetry 2018 stands as evidence that poetry is very much present, relevant, and finding new readers.

  • Children with Enemies

    There is a gentleness in the midst of savagery in Stuart Dischell???s fifth full-length collection of poetry. These poems are ever aware of the momentary grace of the present and the fleeting histories that precede the instants of time. Part elegist, part fabulist, part absurdist, Dischell writes at the edges of imagination, memory, and experience. By turns outwardly social and inwardly reflective, comic and remorseful, the beautifully crafted poems of Children with Enemies transfigure dread with a reluctant wisdom and come alive to the confusions and implications of what it means to be human.

  • Dig Safe

    Stuart Dischell’s poetry is passionate, darkly comic, heartbreaking, and always unpredictable. Dig Safe reaffirms why he commands high regard among poets and critics and popularity among his readers. Taking as their metaphor the markings that construction workers use to warn of utilities below street level???these new poems pierce the body politic as they evoke interconnection and misalliance, movement and inhabitation.

  • Evenings and Avenues

    Evenings & Avenues, the new collection of poems by award-winning writer Stuart Dischell, captures the yearning spirit of the end of our century. These lyrics and story-poems are set in locales as varied as Boston, Sarajevo, and London, in wax-works, shops, bedrooms, and, most frequently, a street, an avenue, or a boulevard, where the seven “Evening” poems that punctuate the book take place. Dischell’s poems are passionate, sometimes darkly comic, sometimes heartbreaking, and always unpredictable. They animate a world between possibility and destiny.

  • Fishbone

    From pickpockets to peacocks, elephant rides to electrocuted oysters, miracle fruit to the Incrdible Hulk, Aime Nezukumatathil teases the uncommon out of the commonplace,the miraculous out of the mundane. With a sensory zest that tickles both mind and tongue, she invokes her heritage in inimitable poems that go straight for the heart. Her gift for gloriously exact detail, her vulnerability, and her humor make Fishbone an impressive and eclectic debut.

  • Good Hope Road

    Good Hope Road is one of those rare books of verse that combine lyricism with the momentum of narrative, a concern for dailiness with a willingness to embrace wildness. Like Joyce???s Dubliners, the twelve poems of the opening sequence, ???Apartments,??? reflect a wide panorama of contemporary urban consciousness. Dischell???s subjects are wronged lovers, thwarted citizens, an idealistic veteran, bickering relations???all with their entangled, fractious alliances. In ???Household Gods,??? the book???s second section, Dischell presents dramatic monologues whose scenes are the shore, the city, and the countryside. Here are homages and elegies; poems of childhood, betrayal, and loss. Observant and compassionate, this edition of Good Hope Road reintroduces the work of a striking and powerful writer.

  • Leaves of Grass

    When Walt Whitman self-published “Leaves of Grass” in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems–but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This beautifully designed volume presents the 1855 “Leaves of Grass” in its entirety, unchanged, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous letter to Whitman.

  • Lucky Fish

    travels along a lush current ??? a confluence of leaping vocabulary and startling formal variety, with upwelling gratitude at its source: for love, motherhood, ???new hope,??? and the fluid and rich possibilities of words themselves. With an exuberant appetite for ???my morning song, my scurry-step, my dew,??? anchored in complicated human situations, this astounding young poet???s third collection of poems is her strongest yet.

  • Miracle Fruit

    Poetry. As three worlds collide, a mother’s Philippines, a father’s India and the poet’s contemporary America, the resulting impressions are chronicled in this collection of incisive and penetrating verse. The writer weaves her words carefully into a wise and affecting embroidery that celebrates the senses while remaining down-to-earth and genuine. “We see that everything is in fact miracle fruit, including this book itself”-Andrew Hudgins.

  • Oceanic

    In her fourth collection, Aimee Nezhukumatathil hums a bright blue note???a sensuous love song to the Earth and its inhabitants. , is both a title and an ethos of radical inclusion, inviting in the grief of an elephant, the icy eyes of a scallop, ???the ribs / of a silver silo,??? and the bright flash of painted fingernails. With unmatched sincerity, , speaks to each reader as a cooperative part of the natural world???the extraordinary neighborhood to which we all belong. This is a poet ecstatically, emphatically, naming what it means to love a world in peril.

  • Screenplay

    Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)???now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success!,Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually???from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality . . . and whatever comes next.,As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher and bestselling author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwriters???novices and Oscar-winners???hone their craft and sell their work.,In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover:,Syd Field is revered as the original master of screenplay story structure, and this guide continues to be the industry’s gold standard for learning the foundations of screenwriting.

  • Standing on Z

    Poetry. Stuart Dischell’s new chapbook sings of adventuresome travel and camaraderie. On the waterfront, we find drunken captains, dissolute merchants and, improbably, a momentary restful pause. In the countryside and in the city, Dischell focuses not on any landscape or sight, but on the way one’s friendships frame experience, expanding it beyond known dimensions.

  • Story

    Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In ,, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

  • To Show and to Tell

    A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Phillip Lopate???celebrated essayist, the director of Columbia University???s nonfiction program, and editor of The Art of the Personal Essay.,Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as ???one of our best personal essayists??? (Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. A phenomenal master class shaped by Lopate???s informative, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor???refreshing, insightful, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.

  • Trespass

    ???Perhaps a future of environmental writing begins in trying to meet all people where they are, wherever they are,??? writes Lauret E. Savoy. ???It???s acknowledging and honoring difference as enriching.??? In Trespass , twenty women essayists challenge the traditional boundaries of place-based writing to make room for greater complexity: explorations of body, sexuality, gender, and race. Traveling across time and place???from a Minnesota summer camp to the peacock-lined streets of Kerala, India???these essays reveal their authors as artful and singular observers of their homes, lives, and histories. Emerging writers along with celebrated voices in the field, including Belle Boggs, Camille T. Dungy, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Terry Tempest Williams, reclaim spaces that have always been theirs.,Observing the policing of Detroit, Aisha Sabatini Sloan bears witness to environmental racism, and finds community with family and neighbors. Toni Jensen traces the erasure of Native culture on college campuses and challenges notions of safety in light of sexual and gun violence. Laurie Clements Lambeth paints the strength and fragility of the human body through the lens of a progressive neurological disease. And Shuchi Saraswat???s trip to the Bay Area to document a ceremony honoring Ganesha leads her on her own journey home.,Originally published in the pages of Ecotone, the award-winning literary magazine that reimagines place, these essays recount how women uniquely shape and are shaped by their environments. Together, they spark new conversations, showing the ways we forge identity through larger cultural considerations???in our bodies, our neighborhoods, and the natural world.

  • Writing Tools

    A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark’s bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools.,Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America’s most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.,Organized into four sections, “Nuts and Bolts,” “Special Effects,” “Blueprints for Stories,” and “Useful Habits,” Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools.,Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.