60 Books for 60 Years

The Poetry Center celebrates its 60th anniversary in November 2020. In recognition of this milestone, the Library staff have worked for a year to acquire 60 new and new-to-us rare books for the collection with funding from our newly completed Rare Books Endowment. The books we have collected for our 60th anniversary strengthen our holdings in several key areas, including artist’s books, rare books by celebrated poets, and books by poets working in the American Southwest. From Robert Frost’s Christmas cards to DIY broadsides to monumental artist’s books, these new acquisitions represent the exciting breadth and range of American poetry in the past 60 years. We are delighted to showcase these works here: we'll present this exhibition on a rolling basis, with 20 new works added to this website each month. Thank you for joining us online to celebrate our 60th anniversary!


Curated by Sarah Kortemeier, Julie Swarstad Johnson, and Leela Denver