Friday, May 31, 2019
(Photo by Doug Salin)
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck is the next feature on Marsh Hawk Press' unique "Chapter One" project. You can read about her beginner-days as a poet over HERE.
You can see other poets discussing their poetic beginnings at Chapter One's Table of Contents.
Posted by EILEEN at 8:47 AM
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 Dreams: New 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.
Posted by EILEEN at 2:03 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2019
"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.”
Posted by EILEEN at 12:01 PM