In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Associate Financial Operations Manager Leslie Green writes about The Cachoeira Tales.
Marilyn Nelson has been publishing with LSU Press since 1978 and is one of our most popular poets. Her poems are regularly reprinted in literary studies textbooks and collections. Ten years ago we published her fourth poetry collection, The Cachoeira Tales. The word cachoeira is Portuguese, meaning waterfall, but it is also a place name, an inland town of Bahia, Brazil. (As for pronouncing it, she told her editor, “Think of a man whose name is Cash O’Era.”) In this collection she writes about traveling to many places, including an adventure in Brazil. She is a very funny, entertaining person to be around and it shows in her poetry. I wish I could spend a week traveling with her, but this book is the next best thing!
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