Monday, May 6, 2019


Marsh Hawk Press Congratulates Mary Mackey On Winning Eric Hoffer Award
Which Also Honors Marsh Hawk Press

The Eric Hoffer Awards Committee has just announced that Mary Mackey’s collection of poetry The Jaguars That Prowl Our DreamsNew and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018 (Marsh Hawk Press)  has won the 2019 Eric Hoffer Award for the Best Book Published by a Small Press. 

The Hoffer Award, which also honors Marsh Hawk Press, highlights salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the most important international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses and a platform for and the champion of the independent voice. 

Information for the Eric Hoffer Award HERE.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Sandy McIntosh is the May poet for Marsh Hawk's "Chapter One" project. Here's an excerpt:
"To my great good fortune, after graduation, I found myself at Southampton College, in Eastern Long Island. Like every college, Southampton depended on local adjunct professors to supplement the small, costlier full-time staff. But, unlike most colleges, Southampton was able to hire the local artists and writers, who—the Hamptons being the Hamptons—were often the best in the world. For instance, Willem de Kooning taught elementary painting. Ilya Bolotowky, the neo-plasticist painter, with his huge mustache and thick Russian accent, taught my Freshman English class. The Bollingen-prize poet David Ignatow taught creative writing, as did the poet, playwright and translator, H. R. Hays. 

"Why did a group of distinguished artists and writers congregate at a new, undistinguished college? “You see,” de Kooning told me after we’d become acquainted. “In the wintertime, they’re here all alone. They work in their studios all day and then want to get together at night, usually at Bobby Van’s, or some other bar. Then they get into a fight—Jim Jones likes to throw punches—or get drunk and the police take them to jail. It’s either that or they meet at the college and have a good time without getting into too much trouble.”
You can read Sandy's essay HERE.


You can access the whole line-up to date HERE, which features

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019


Jon Curley and Easter celebrates Paul Pines--you can see it all at Jon Curley's Blog, but here's an excerpt:
Easter is or should be an occasion for revelation and ritual, prayer and reflection, pageantry and passion. My ideal demographic for celebrating its conceit would be the deeply observant, the remote bystander, the variously non-Christian, even the antagonistic, indifferent, or downright non-religious. Everyone! The process promised by its occasion is toward mind-movement, the imagination instilling the art/knot/anchor of enterprising otherness, thinking deeply and differently; deeply differently. Such attitude inclines to poetry's precincts and, on this day, my fellow poet and co-spirit-er Paul Pines comes to mind, heart, art.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Congratulations to Sandy McIntosh for his latest review. You can see entire review at The East Hampton Star, but here's an excerpt:

With “Lesser Lights,” Sandy McIntosh continues his “Hamptons Apprenticeship” memoirs. Here we meet pugilistic novelists, an oversexed sculptor, and an impecunious painter, among others. Mr. McIntosh has crafted a collection of vignettes and a few longer pieces that focus our attention on a Hamptons barely recognizable today. With this collection’s longest piece, “Robert, in Twelve Episodes,” he also appears to challenge the notion of what constitutes the meaning of “memoir” today. 
Most of “Lesser Lights” concerns itself with life on Long Island’s East End, including Southampton College, where Mr. McIntosh studied in the early 1970s. The vignettes — most of them brief but entertaining — evoke a time when artists and writers constituted a more visible part of the Hamptons’ year-round community, when it wasn’t unusual to see Willem de Kooning wavering down narrow roads on his bike in Springs or Jean Stafford in her housecoat and slippers at the end of her driveway checking her mail.

Friday, April 12, 2019


Announcing: Our Spring 2019 Book Launch Party

Friday, May 10th, Poets House, New York City
6:00 – 8:00 pm

MARSH HAWK PRESS invites you to oin us for a reading featuring new titles by Mary Mackey, Susan Terris, Sandy McIntosh, and 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize Winner Lynne Thompson in celebration of our Marsh Hawk’s Spring 2019 book launch! The reading and reception to follow will also include a tribute to the late Paul Pines, Marsh Hawk Press author and great friend.


Marsh Hawk Press is delighted to release the Spring 2019 edition of its Marsh Hawk Review, edited by Dan Morris and featuring

Gabriel Gudding
Tom Mandel
Andrei Codrescu
J. Peter Moore
Norman Finkelstein
Adeena Karasick
Willard Greenwood
Daniel Y. Harris
Burt Kimmelman
David Epstein
Jamey Hecht
Maria Damon and Alan Sondheim
Susan Terris
Eileen R. Tabios
Thomas Fink
Jon Curley
Thomas Fink and Maya D. Mason
Stephen Paul Miller
Mary Mackey
Tyrone Williams
Daniel Morris
Tobey Altman

Friday, March 29, 2019


Through Marsh Hawk Press' "Chapter One Project," established poets write about how they began as writers. As it turns out, it's also a panel at AWP...and here are the reps: Geoffrey O'Brien, Jason McCall, Sandy McIntosh, Barbara McIntosh, and Lynne Thompson. Hope you caught them--it's a fabulous series (no one else is presenting such) which you can see at

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Come to AWP in Portland Oregon and hear Sandy McIntosh, Mary Mackey, Denise Duhamel, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Jason McCall read from Marsh Hawk’s exciting new Chapter One Project: On Becoming a Poet. TIME: 10:30 am to 11:45 am Place: Room A103-104, Level 1, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. Please Note: To attend this event AWP Conference registration is required.
Friday, March 29thSacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.
Sandy McIntosh and Mary Mackey present the Marsh Hawk Press Chapter One Series in which well-known poets such as Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, and Phillip Lopate write short pieces about how they became poets. Mary will read from her new collection of poetry The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams and from her Chapter One essay: “Jungles and Fever.” Sandy will read selections from his forthcoming memoir Lesser Lights: More Tales from a Hampton’s Apprenticeship. Time: 7:30 pm. Place: Hosted by Tim Kahl.

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Congratulations to George Quasha whose collaboration with photographer Susan Quasha is now online at Dispatches Poetry Wars!  Go to this link -- -- where you will see it as a virtual chapbook, downloadable as a PDF. It is best viewed on most screens at 50%.

Monday, February 25, 2019


Marsh Hawk Press is pleased to announce the judge of our next annual poetry prize: Marge Piercy. Deadline is April 30, 2019. More information at the link:


Jason McCall is the next poet in Marsh Hawk Press' "Chapter One Series", which presents poets discussing their poetic starts. Forthcoming poets in this series include Dennis Nurkse, Burt Kimmelman, Barbara Novack. Eileen R. Tabios, Geoffrey O’Brien, Dan Morris and Sandy McIntosh. Already featured poets are Jane Hirshfield, Burt Kimmelman, Mary Mackey, Philip Lopate and Denise Duhamel.
Here's an excerpt from Jason's piece entitled "Who Are You?"
"If I say I started writing to find myself, then I’m only telling a half truth. Growing up, I had a clear identity. I knew who I was because of all the teachers, church members, and relatives who reminded me of who I was. I was Lindsey’s brother. And Shonda’s brother. And Tonya’s Brother. And Ethel’s boy. And Lindsey’s boy. I am the baby of my family. It’s fun to tell that to my young nieces and nephew and see them try to sort out how a grown man can still be a baby. But it wasn’t always a source of fun with me. Like the youngest member of many families, growing up, my existence was normally explained by a point of reference. When I was smart, I was smart just like my brother and sisters. When my dad got me job working at the hotel where he worked as a chef for his second job, the managers told me I laughed just like my dad. When I open my eyes, my wife tells me I have my mother’s eyes. 
And like the youngest member of many families, I hated the constant comparison to my family members."

Friday, February 1, 2019


Cheryl Pallant’ presents an extraordinary short piece on George Quasha's work in preverbs, newly posted on Dispatches — George notes, "I’m blown away by its level of insight, poignant to the point of teaching me what I need to keep in focus about the work; I also understand better what it means when people say 'I’m humbled by this.' How amazing it is when a person reaches to the heart of another’s work and brings its further life. "

Congratulations George!

Also, George Quasha's collaborative series Co-Configurative Eternities written in relation to the paintings of Ashley Garrett has been published online at Metambesen:

You are invited to read by following the links!

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Burt Kimmelman continues Marsh Hawk Press' "Chapter One" series which features poets' memoirs on how they began as poets. Here's an excerpt:
"I suffer from a peculiar malady. My sense of what a poem is, how it should work, how it might feel (its aesthetics)—all of this, my understanding of a poem, was determined when I was an adolescent who came into contact with a number of Black Mountain poets. For all my life as a working poet, now more than fifty years, I have been unable to appreciate a poem outside of the framework imparted to me when I was learning what poetry could be—when I realized I was serious about the vocation of poet."
The "Chapter One Project: On Becoming a Poet" features original memoirs of outstanding poets from diverse backgrounds, published monthly. They recall the ways by which these writers got their starts. In 2019, we will publish 12 original memoirs by poets including D. Nurkse, Burt Kimmelman, Barbara Novack, Geoffrey O’Brien, Eileen R. Tabios, Dan Morris, Anne Waldman, Sandy McIntosh and four others. At link, you also can watch and listen to Denise Duhamel reading from her Chapter One memoir "Mr. Rogers and Me." 

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Geoffrey O'Brien's Marsh Hawk Press book, The Blue Hill, is reviewed in Hyperallergic. Go HERE for entire review, but here's an excerpt:
"As O’Brien tells us in the notes, he drew his information from Bengt Ankaroo’s academic history, Witch Trials in Northern Europe, 1450-1700, which details the tradition of the Bläkulla, or blue hill, an island in Sweden’s Kalmar Strait and a suspected site of Sabbath occult gatherings. Public executions of 20 suspected witches took place at the site. As much as O’Brien’s work resonates with the recovery work of contemporary documentary poetics, his handling of the material testifies to his investment not in evidence but in innuendo. Paraphrase is particularly important here. Little direct description of the Sabbath makes its way into the poem. Rather, O’Brien shows in increments how the phrase “the blue hill” begins as suspicion and builds into all-consuming construct in the mind of the collective. All the allegorical potential remains intact. While O’Brien paraphrases the academic history of occult persecution, the poem points to the role paraphrase and hearsay play in the accumulative constitution of myth. Each section follows the pattern above. The repeating name of the place underscores the obsessiveness of the subject, enabling O’Brien to convincingly show the link between heresy and hearsay.
"In the end, The Blue Hill situates paraphrase as something other than a method or exercise. With each section, O’Brien returns to the affective weight of being called, treating the urge to rephrase as his calling. It is this ecstatic sense of second-sight that allows a book so painstaking in its craft to yield such visceral pleasure."

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Jane Hirshfield continues Marsh Hawk Press' "Chapter One" series which features poets' memoirs on how they began as poets. Here's an excerpt:
"The first book I bought with my own allowance money, at age seven or eight, was a book of Japanese haiku, discovered on one of those metal spiral display stands in a stationary store on First Avenue in the East 20s. I have no idea now what a child growing up in New York City found in these poems, whose vocabulary of meaning-making was falling blossoms I’d never known, singing birds I’d never heard, darkness and moonlight I’d seen only by peering past streetlights. The more I’ve since learned about haiku, the more I’ve come to realize how complex their registries of feeling and thought are. I can’t have grasped any of that as a child. But I suspect that I recognized in those poems a world I wanted to live in—a world whose windows opened to a larger existence."