Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
You are invited to see the recording of the second session of Marsh Hawk Press' Summer Reading Series. This event features readings by Thomas Fink & Maya Mason, Jon Curley, and Eileen R. Tabios with Introductions by Burt Kimmelman. The website features link and password at this link.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Marsh Hawk Press is launching a new reading series for Summer 2021! Here is the UPDATED schedule:
Friday, June 4th at 7:00 PM (EST), June 11th at 6:00 PM (EST)
June 4th: Geoffrey O’Brien, Dan Morris
June 11th: Basil King and Ed Foster
If you are interested, please email us to receive an invitation:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Here's a lovely profile and interview with Los Angeles Poet Laureate and Marsh Hawk author Lynne Thompson at the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Blog. Here's an excerpt:
I definitely see the creative practice as possible for those working outside of the academy or in roles more traditionally associated with the arts. As in all things, you have to make room for the creativity to blossom. And in making that room, one has to accept that the road to crafting something—a poem, a painting, a choreography—may necessarily take longer than for one who works in their field, sunup to sundown. In my case, I left the practice of law where I worked as a litigator to take on a job where I could use my legal background but in less (ok, slightly less) of a pressure cooker. That change allowed more time than I previously had to address the craft and art of poetry in private workshops and by attending conferences. Having done that, and finding myself in the role of poet laureate, it seems important to bring the message to those working in roles or living in spaces that seem to be anathema to creativity of my experience and to provide some encouragement that recognizes there are always ways to pursue “the dream.”
Friday, May 7, 2021
Gail Newman is our featured "Chapter One" poet for May. You are invited to read about her writerly beginnings HERE, but here's an excerpt:
"I think about poetry, kindness, the earth. Resilience. How much we have of beauty. Why we need to remember the past. Elie Wiesel said–"Whoever listens to a witness, becomes a witness."
Monday, April 19, 2021
In “Blood Memory” we see, if not for the first time, then with a fresh eye, what the sun’s curative powers can never heal: deep scars of a history so devastating that artists, writers and musicians are still engaged in mining its terrors and complexities. The Nazi Holo- caust has produced libraries of books and in 2015 produced yet another Pulitzer prize (“All The Light We Cannot See.”) The mass annihilation of Jews, homosexuals, Christians and Gypsies haunts us still.
Marge Piercy, the esteemed Judge of Marsh Hawk Press’ 2019 poetry contest chose “Blood Memory” as winner. From Piercy’s comments: “Writ- ing about the Holocaust can be difficult now, not that it was ever easy. It has become myth or something people use as a metaphor for something they object to; those who know, who went through it are dying off. Those who deny what happened multiply. To make fresh, powerful poems rooted in the Shoah is amazing.”
“With its publication, “Blood Memory” joins the pantheon of exceptional writing.”