Wednesday, January 18, 2017


You are invited to invite a special focus on George Quasha in TALISMAN! You can see it by going to Burt Kimmelman's wonderful Introduction HERE, which begins

George Quasha’s presence in the life and work of a great many poets, artists, musicians and filmmakers is most remarkable. And so nearly a dozen critical appreciations of his achievements in the arts have been assembled here. Written by luminaries in their own right, they are meant to broaden awareness of Quasha’s unique contributions in a number of fields of endeavor. George and Susan Quasha (a marvelous artist herself) have been mainstays in a community located close enough to New York City to be an instrumental force in the city’s artistic and intellectual goings on, yet far enough north of the city to have developed a collective character and outlook that may owe something to the bucolic experience possible there. The Quashas put down roots, specifically in Barrytown, New York, having already become a part of the avant garde that was taking shape during the 1960s and ‘70s in the city and its environs.            
George Quasha was born in White Plains, New York in 1942, and from age three to seventeen he lived in Miami, Florida. Already a musician, he was reading Nietzsche, Thoreau and Eliot at fourteen, and won the Florida State debate championship at fifteen. Connected to his debate activities, while starting college at the University of Miami the following year, he won a scholarship to the then new and unprecedented International School of America. This award took him and sixteen other high school graduates around the world. They lived with local families in thirteen countries over nine months, accompanied by five university faculty including Edgar Snow and artist Emerson Burkhart. Their curriculum included audiences with the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, I.F. Stone, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, and Willie Brandt. 
Following that school year, Quasha spent the summer in Paris learning French. He subsequently attended Ohio State (studying poetry with Milton Kessler, German with Sigurd Burckhardt, and philosophy with Morris Weitz), then enrolling in Mexico City College (where he concentrated in Spanish, anthropology, and geology) before going on to the Sorbonne (in order to study French language and literature). At twenty-one, he finished college as an English major at NYU.            
Living in the East Village, while attending NYU across town, Quasha frequented the legendary readings at Café Le Métro, and struck up friendships with Jerome Rothenberg, Paul Blackburn, Jackson Mac Low, Diane di Prima, David Antin, Ed Sanders, Carol Bergé, Diane Wakoski, Harold Dicker, Allen Ginsberg, and others working at the forefront of experimental poetry. He began graduate school at NYU (where he was befriended by Anais Nin), studying at length with M. L. Rosenthal (in whose poetry theory seminars he began reading Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan and others, thanks to a presentation in the course by David Antin).

Monday, January 16, 2017


Eileen Tabios is curating a new ekphrasis project where poets and writers may write in response to artworks on the Filipino American Artists Directory site. 

This is an invitation to all creative writers to participate. More information is available at the Call for Writings which is at  Deadline is ongoing; writings are featured as they are received/accepted.

Marsh Hawker Susan Terris as well as Eileen Tabios have already provided poems in response. Go to the link to see more examples!

Participants are also offered two of Eileen's Marsh Hawk Press books: Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole and SUN STIGMATA.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Marsh Hawk is delighted to announce that Tana Jean Welch's poem, "'Leda' Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945" will appear in The New York Times Sunday Magazine this weekend. Fortunately, it also is now available online HERE.

Congratulations, Tana Jean!

Tana Jean, of course, is the author of Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize Recipient Latest Volcano.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Sandy McIntosh is soon to be featured in a number of documentaries on Donald Trump:

PBS Frontline has recut it's Donald Trump documentary and it's airing tonight at 10:00 pm.

The Japanese network TBS will air an interview with Sandy on the same subject tomorrow, but it will be featured in Japan only. 

Finally, around Inauguration Day the BBC will air it's own show, in which Sandy has a part.

Monday, December 26, 2016


Marsh Hawk Press is among the recommended list of poetry publishers over at Galatea Resurrects! From Galatea:

Galatea Resurrects’ 2016 List of Poetry Recommendations will be released in the first week of 2017. But we wanted to present a separate list of the publishers, partly to highlight their variety. 

See List HERE.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Opening night of Basil King: Between Painting and Writing, 
Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center.
Hope this letter finds you well. I write to you as one of the “ Friends of Basil King.”
 First off, I am so glad to let you know of:
     A Basil King exhibition at the John Molloy Gallery, 49 East 78th Street, #2, NYC, opens on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  This will be the first solo exhibition of King’s work in the city in an art gallery venue.  All previous exhibitions took place in literary venues – from the Gotham BookMart to Poets House.  Plans are in progress for events during the month-long show including a screening of “Basil King: MIRAGE” and a special celebratory publication from Local Knowledge magazine. 
      Basil’s newest book of poetry – History Now from Learning to Draw/A History -- is due from Marsh Hawk Press in spring pf 2017.  It gathers new works and a few previously published pieces --Grey,  Crownstones, Rite of Passage, and For My Seventy-Fifth Birthday that were published in magazines including Talisman, Local Knowledge, Cy Gist,  Tears in the Fence, and Exquisite Corpse.
      I was very glad to host with Vyt Bakaitis,  the Kings for a salon reading and screening of “Basil King: MIRAGE” in September here in Chicago. The night before, the Kings read at Myopic Books. Thank you to Myopic organizer Larry Sawyer.

The Friends  of Basil King are delighted to celebrate two exhibitions of Basil King’s art that opened this autumn.

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing
9/2 to 12/24 in Asheville, NC
Curated by Vincent Katz and Brian Butler, at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC. This show includes paintings using images from playing cards, texts of King’s poetry, his covers for poetry books and journals, along with a large selection of his works on paper. On 9/1,  Basil  gave a  reading  in conjunction with  a screening of the Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte film, “Basil King: MIRAGE”.  Basil gave a ‘walk-through’ talk on his work at the opening on September 2 .  On 9/ 4, Martha King and Basil King shared their experiences of  reading and editing each other’s work in a  full–to-capacity  workshop with the community.
For the exhibition, Soho Letterpress printed a limited edition broadside and the BMC Museum issued a chapbook, Basil King: Between Painting and Writing, that included work by King and curatorial statements by Butler. Katz, and Joshua Gardner.

Basil King’s Birds
10/28 to 11/19   in Laurinburg, NC   
Curated by Tom Patterson, at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC.  The university was the site of a 2nd Black Mountain Festival that ran from August to the end of November. Martha and Basil King were interviewed and gave readings. The festival also included  performances by the Douglas Dunn dancers, and readings  and/or  talks by Jonathan Greene,  Lisa Jarnot, Nathanial Mackey, Tom Meyer, Peter O’Leary, and Musa Mayer among others.

Art works from the collection of Jonathan Williams were exhibited as part of the festival. 
Five of the  17        works from ” Basil King’s Birds” on exhibit
 at St. Andrews University Gallery. 
Take care.
Kimberly Lyons