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

Monday, December 12, 2016


Paul Pines, author most recently at Marsh Hawk with CHARLOTTE SONGS, presents a good read with his essay, "Epic Melancholy," which he describes as a reflection on friendship and art centered on the Jewish abstract expressionist Philip Guston and those around him. The essay appears in the online journal dispatches, and can be read/downloaded at the following link:

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Sandy McIntosh receives a lovely review of his memoir A Hole in the Ocean in Dan's Papers. You can see entire review HERE, but here's an excerpt:
A Hole in the Ocean is a beautiful written recollection of a simpler time on the East End when main streets were quiet even during the summer and one could hear “the crashing of the ocean waves a half-mile away.” e.e. cummings said “A hole in the ocean will never be missed.” Neither should this book.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Norman Finkelstein will have two readings this weekend, Nov. 12 and 13, 2016:
“From their earliest setting out, the poems of Norman Finkelstein have fetched a new Vision, not only mapping but marking the Vision with supernal inscription, the signature of Heaven as it were. And theirs is not a cold heaven. Nothing in these poems is imposed or rehearsed. What is permanently remarkable here is that the work goes forward to imagine what no American poetry has imagined before: a society of Vision.” — Donald Revell

On Saturday

"Total Midrash"/A Talk and Reading

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ)
15 W 86th St (Just off Central Park West)
New York, New York

Norman writes: "In my poetry and criticism, I have used to the term "midrash" (however cautiously) to help me to better understand how my (Jewish) imagination works, and more specifically, to conceptualize what I’m up to in a given poem. In this talk, I will discuss these concepts and read some of my poetry, considering how my work, somewhere on the borderline of the sacred and the profane, may be considered an instance of contemporary midrashic writing."

On Sunday

Book Launch Reading and Celebration

3 PM - 5 PM
Suite Bar
992 Amsterdam Avenue @ 109th Street

Red Harlem Readers invites you to a gala reading and celebration of the publication of The Ratio of Reason to Magic by Norman Finkelstein. The festivities will begin with a brief introduction and reminiscence by David M. Katz and will end with a reading by Norman. In between five brother-poets of Norman's will read a poem of Norman's plus a poem of their own in response. Besides Norman, the readers will be Michael Heller, David M. Katz, Burt Kimmelman, and Hugh Seidman.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Eileen Tabios will present THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS along with her other 2016 books during this event celebrating Filipino American History Month. You're invited:

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Mary Mackey's essay, "Using Creative Trance To Write Visionary Fiction" is now up at the Visionary Fiction Alliance Website. Enjoy reading HERE!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Eileen R. Tabios' poem "It's Curtains" is recommended by Melissa Studdard in VIDA's series, "Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015." The poem is one of the poems in Eileen's latest Marsh Hawk Press book, THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS.

Monday, September 26, 2016


You are invited to:

Metamorphosis: A Reading from the work of poet Barbara Guest

October 1, 2016 - 2:00PM
Kray Hall
Free & Open to the Public
Join us for a poetry reading and closing reception as we take one last look at the landmark exhibition, creative collaboration, and friendship between poet Barbara Guest and painter Fay Lansner. Contemporary poets Mel Elberg, Susan Gevirtz, Peter Gizzi, Paolo Javier, E. Tracy Grinnell, and erica kaufman, among others, will pay tribute to the life and work of the New York School poet and read from her Collected Poems
Poets House


From Sandy McIntosh, author of several books including, most recently, A HOLE IN THE OCEAN:

            "The foreign press is waiting for you," the hostess of the Chat Noir, our local coffee shop told me, her eyes directing me to the back table.
                And, indeed, they were: The Washington bureau chiefs of "Le Figaro," the French daily, and "Die Zeit," the German weekly, a feature writer from "Jyllands-Posten" from Denmark, and his photographer- wife.
                I've been having an odd kind of fun these past six months giving print and TV interviews. Although I had a new book out in early spring, not one of my interviewers was interested in publicizing it. Instead, they all, foreign and domestic, wanted to know about the four years during which I knew Donald Trump and went to military school with him. Therefore, following Gore Vidal's advice to never miss an opportunity to have sex or go on television, I assented modestly to each invitation to tell what has now become my set routine of four or five Donald Trump stories.
                I will probably never see most of the TV interviews. But I do know that I've been dubbed into Hebrew, Portuguese, German and French. From what I've heard, I come off much more articulate and intelligent when dubbed. So I've begged the producer of the one interview I will see (this Tuesday night) that if he includes any of my comments in the film to please have James Earl Jones over-dub me.

PBS / FRONTLINE: “The Choice 2016” Tuesday 9:00 pm in most cities.

Here is the cover of Sandy's book that the press won't publicize:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016


Christina Olivares' NO MAP OF THE EARTH INCLUDES STARS is featured in Urayoan Noel's article for Harriet/Poetry Foundation, "Party Like It's 1898." Go HERE for entire article but here's Christina's mention:

Christina Olivares. No Map of the Earth Includes Stars. Marsh Hawk Press, 2015. 
White, Black, Puerto Rican, everybody just a-freakin, and this non-Cuban’s just a-groovin’ to Olivares’s syncopated dictations and lyric visions and poetic prose blocks, which redraw diasporic maps as palimpsests (as in how the poem “Palimpsest” answers its “City beckoned. To be come a new home” with “Reality laid over reality until nothing is whole any longer”). This call-and-response extends, over several poems, into a conversation with Babalú-Ayé, the Orisha (syncretized with Saint Lazarus) of the healing of the Earth. Against the legacy of 1898 and its juridical maps, where Cuba is just one more pawn of empire, Olivares offers a spiritual map attuned to “the memory of my hands moving through the carcasses of others’ prayers.”

Saturday, September 10, 2016


From Mary Mackey's Newsletter--YOU ARE INVITED!

Thursday, September 15, 2016, San Francisco, CA: I will be reading selections from The Village of Bones and signing books at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District. TIME: 7:00 PM. PLACE:Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA . Free and open to the public. Come join us.

September 21, 2016, Berkeley, CA:Party Time! Celebration of the paperback edition of The Village of Bones. I will read selections from The Village of Bones and sign books. There will be time to have fun, browse the books in one of the West Coast’s finest bookstores, and talk to interesting people. TIME: 5:30 to 7:00 pm. PLACE:University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA. Free and open to the public.

To see Mary Mackey's COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS, go HERE!

Friday, September 9, 2016


You are invited....


September 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Phone: 513-621-0717
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Norman Finkelstein, poet, professor of English at Xavier University, and leader of the Walnut Street Poetry Society, launches his latest book: The Ratio of Reason to Magic, A Collection of 40 Years of Poetry
5:30 pm reception/6 pm reading
Free to members $10 nonmembers (purchase HERE)
Books will be available for signing and sales after the reading, courtesy of Dos Madres Press.

Monday, September 5, 2016


To Celebrate the Beginning of the Poetry Season
Marsh Hawk Press Readings in New York City

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
(12 W 37th St.)

Bryant Park readers

(click on the poets' names to read more about them.)

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm |  Cornelia Street Café
(29 Cornelia St.)

Cornelia St. Cafe readers 

(click on the poets' names to read more about them.)

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Eileen R. Tabios just released a new chapbook published by Tinfish Press, which focuses on experimental poetry and prose from and related to the Pacific: EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME.  Here's the publisher's book description:
An interview, a long poem and a visual poetry exhibition—these comprise EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME, an innovative and multi-layered poetry investigation by Eileen R. Tabios. Among its layers are discourses on identity and authenticity, the perils of the form of (auto)biography, Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law dictatorship, colonialism, her self-avowed “Babaylan Poetics,” the indigenous Filipino trait of “kapwa” and orphans, the non-binary of lyric and experimental poetries, and her invention of the diasporic form “hay(na)ku,” as well as a long poem resulting from the poet’s Murder, Death and Resurrection (MDR) Project and a reference to her visual poetry project “DON’T CALL ME FILIPINO. The cover features a front cover with a cut-out revealed into an artistic rendition of the star from the Philippine flag.

More information is at

Tinfish Book Page (including ordering information at $10)


Eileen's Website.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Paul Pines and Frank Murphy will be the Featured Readers at Harmony Café in Woodstock. Details:

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
8 pm (to be followed by an open reading)
Harmony Cafe is located in the Wok & Roll Restaurant on Mill Hill Road

About his co-featured reader, Paul Pines observes, "Frank Murphy is one of the finest poets I know. His poems are nuanced and moving, skilled in a way that doesn't draw attention to itself but to the substance of the poem. It promises to be a spectacular evening."
Harmony Cafe is located in the Wok & Roll Restaurant on Mill Hill Road. The readings start at 8pm, and there is an open reading as well.

Facebook information available HERE.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


You are invited to enjoy John Wisniewski's interview of Burt Kimmelman at AM FM Magazine. You can see the entire interview HERE, but here's an excerpt:
JW: Burt you studied Medieval history—what appealed to you about this period of man’s history? 
BK: I didn’t study medieval history except within the purview of my study of medieval literature. I was lured into medieval studies by Chaucer’s poetry that just simply blew me away. I soon realized, moreover, that there was something special about medieval literature’s ideality and medieval civilization that a professor of mine, Frederick Goldin, described as a very “clean world.” He certainly was not referring to the standard of material living or anything like that, but rather to a clarity within a world in which what was right and what was wrong were easily and surely identifiable. The ambiguities and equivocations of the modern world had yet to come into being (ironic since they do along with the emergence of modern, empirical science).

Sunday, August 21, 2016


CHARLOTTE SONGS, Paul Pines' last collection from March Hawk Press, is reviewed in the Portraits in Poetry section of the American Book Review. Here's an excerpt from Hasanthika Sirisena's piece,  "Masked":
                I’ll admit that when I first picked up Paul Pines’s latest poetry                         collection I didn’t truly  appreciate its subversiveness… It was only                 when I realized how rare such tributes are that I began to                               understand the true importance of these spare, elegant poems.
 You go go HERE for the complete review. We also replicate it here in an image that can be enlarged:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Eileen Tabios has just released a new poetry chapbook from dancing girl press & studio (Chicago). You can check it out HEREHere's a brief description:
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters presents a dozen poems inspired by 12 Kickstarter fundraising pages chosen at random. The covered fundraising projects are varied, ranging over gluten-free bakers, a scientist's documentary, a peace plan by zombies, art and children's books, eyebrow wax strips, French boot designers, a dance company, a game of plastic bones, a banjo pick, a Sri Lankan cuisine cookbook and a vegetal cyborg. They all attest to our shared zeitgeist!

Monday, August 15, 2016


To Celebrate the Beginning of the Poetry Season and
Three New Marsh Hawk Books — Patricia Carlin’s Second Nature,
Ed Foster’s Sowing the Wind, and Burt Kimmelman’s Abandoned Angel

A Reading by the Authors

Thursday, September 8, 6PM
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York City

About the authors:

Patricia Carlin’s previous books include Quantum Jitters and Original Green (poems), and Shakespeare’s Mortal Men (prose).  She has published widely in journals and anthologies such as BoulevardBOMB, VerseAmerican Letters & Commentary, PleiadesPOOL, The Literary Review, The Manhattan Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency; and she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and VCCA.  She teaches literature and poetry writing at The New School, and she co-edits the poetry journal Barrow Street.

Ed Foster has published more than forty books, including volumes of literary criticism, cultural history, and anthologies His recent volumes of poetry, prior to Sowing the Wind (2016), include What He Ought to Know: New and Selected Poems (2006), The Beginning of Sorrows (2009), and Dire Straits (2012). Celebrated as “one of contemporary poetry’s unique voices,” he is the founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers and Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, he lives now on a hilltop near the Massachusetts/Vermont border overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Examples of his poetry and photographs can be accessed at

Burt Kimmelman has published sixteen books of poetry and criticism, and over a hundred articles on literature, art, and some memoir. He has been featured on National Public Radio, his poems often anthologized, and has been the subject of a number of interviews (available in print or online). His new collection, Abandoned Angel (Marsh Hawk Press), will appear this October; his eighth collection, Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems (BlazeVOX [books]), was published in 2013. He teaches literary and cultural studies at NJIT, and lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, the writer Diane Simmons. More about him and samples of his work can be found at