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Literary Spotlight: Copper Nickel

This Colorado-based literary magazine doesn’t just offer a home for American prose and poetry; it also provides plenty of space and context for works in translation.

Copper NickelIn 2002, poet Jake Adam York founded Copper Nickel at the University of Colorado Denver. He died 10 years later at age 40, and the magazine went on hiatus until poet and professor Wayne Miller relaunched it in 2014. The biannual print publication – which includes selected works on its website – features fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and writing in translation.

“Translation folios distinguish us from other magazines,” Miller says, referring to the editors’ inclusion of three to five poems by a single poet and translator. “I’m frustrated when I find a single poem by a Lebanese poet in a magazine surrounded by American poets. I don’t know how to contextualize that poet because she’s writing in a totally different literary tradition, with a different national history.”

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