Adam Tavel’s Two New Poetry Collections

Adam Tavel’s Two New Poetry Collections

Congratulations to Adam Tavel and his two new upcoming poetry collections, Green Regalia from Stephen F. Austin State Press and Sum Ledger from Measure Press. Adam says that he is “excited to have two books coming out roughly at the same time, yet these books couldn’t be more different in scope, tone, and arc. Sum Ledger is a collection of poems about money and social class, whereas Green Regalia centers on questions of ecology, the body, aging, and grief.” We couldn’t be more excited to get our hands on both of these wonderful new collections.

Sum Ledger is a powerful and wide-ranging meditation — via a dazzling array of poetic forms and sources — on money, class, and poverty, that complicates the narrative of late-stage capitalism in America. Weaving together the personal with the historical, imaginative, and political, Adam Tavel’s masterfully wrought poems empathize deeply with people in distress, be it turn of the century child laborers and almshouse residents, or his own family members and hard-working community college students. I can’t think of a book more appropriate for our current moment of political upheaval and economic crisis, or a better poet to lead us through it, with his unflinching eye, muscular language, and huge heart.

Erika Meitner

Check out more information about Sum Ledger on the publisher’s website and preorder Green Regalia from Amazon.

Adam Tavel is the author of five books of poetry, including two forthcoming collections: Green Regalia (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2022) and Sum Ledger (Measure Press, 2022). His most recent book, Catafalque, won the Richard Wilbur Award (University of Evansville Press, 2018). His recent poems appear, or will soon appear, in North American Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Copper Nickel, and Western Humanities Review, among others. He is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College, where he also directs the Echoes & Visions Reading Series. You can find him online at and on his Twitter.

You can also find his poem, “Our Lady of Crabapple Hill” in Issue 13.

Contributor Update, Adam Tavel: Catafalque is 2017 Richard Wilbur Award Winner

Catafalque coverToday we are happy to announce that past contributor Adam Tavel’s poetry collection, Catafalque, has won the 2017 Richard Wilbur award! The collection was also recently published by the University of Evansville Press and contains “Our Lady of Crabapple Hill,” a poem which originally appeared in Issue 13 of Superstition Review. Catafalque is available for purchase through Amazon. You can read more about the collection here.

Congratulations, Adam!

SR Pod/Vod Series: Poet Adam Tavel

Adam TavelEach Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Adam Tavel.

Adam Tavel received the 2010 Robert Frost Award and is the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon, forthcoming) and the chapbook Red Flag Up (Kattywompus). His recent poems appear or will soon appear in The Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Salamander, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read along with the work in Superstition Review.