Monday, April 30, 2007


Eileen Tabios and Thomas Fink are represented in the new issue of Otoliths! Click HERE to see their poems. Also, the Spanish and Tagalog translations of Eileen's poems are part of what will appear in The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes, her Fall 2007 book with Marsh Hawk Press.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


Basil King's spring 2007 Marsh Hawk Press book, 77 Beasts: Basil King's Beastiary, is a March-April Pick of Small Press Review!

Small Press Review also reviewed Mary Mackey's book, Breaking the Fever, which is great, although they mistakenly called the book--in headline and text--Breaking the Fire.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Just to remind you that the Marsh Hawk Press contest deadline is April 30th! This year's contest is judged by David Shapiro!

Steve Fellner is our 2006 contest winner. Poets considering and entering our context might take heart from reading Steve's letter about the contest:

"I had been trying to get my book of poems out for eight years. I gave up a number of times during the process. Everyone hears stories about how contests are fixed or rigged or you can only win if you have the right connections. When Marsh Hawk contacted me that I had won, I couldn't believe it. I felt vindicated that you could win a contest without having any connections—without knowing the judge or any of the people associated with the press—that there were places out there that read them blindly and made good on their word. I cannot believe how great my experience was with Marsh Hawk Press. They responded to any email right away. They were open to all of my suggestions. The cover designer did a brilliant job, and was more than willing to take any of my suggestions, which of course, was a moot point—she created something spectacular immediately. When your first book is being created, you want to know that someone cares. Marsh Hawk Press made me feel my book was loved with their abundance of thoughtful attention. I could not have asked for a better experience." —Steve Fellner

You can read other letters from our contests winners at: http://www.marshhawkpress.org/PreviousWinners.htm.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Poets House
72 Spring Street, 2nd fl.
New York, NY

Monday April 23, 2007 7-9 p.m.

Who and What:
Spring launch of three Marsh Hawk Press books:

The Elephant House by Claudia Carlson
Blind Date with Cavafy by Steve Fellner
77 Beasts: Basil King's Beastiary by Basil King

Visit the Marsh Hawk Press website for more information:

Saturday, April 07, 2007


POETRY FLASH and Cody's Books are pleased to sponsor:

Friday, April 13, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Flash Presents

Mary Mackey

Rochelle Ratner

Corinne Robins

Eileen Tabios

at Berkeley City College
2050 Center Street, between Milvia and Shattuck, Berkeley

There are two public parking garages (right next door and across the street). You also may take BART since the venue is one-half block from downtown Berkeley BART.

Mary Mackey is a novelist and a poet. Her tenth novel, The Notorious Mrs. Winston, has just been published. Her new book of poetry, Breaking the Fever, her fourth, was published in 2006. Dennis Nurkse says of it, "Most poets seem to write poetry with the will, relentlessly suppressing every part of themselves that isn't ecstatic. Mary Mackey writes as a whole person--mind and senses--and the poems are marvelous."

Rochelle Ratner has published fifteen books of poems, most recently Balancing Acts, (2006), Beggars at the Wall, (2006), and House and Home, (2003). She's also published two novels, Bobby's Girl and The Lion's Share, and she's the editor of an anthology, Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness.

Corinne Robins is a widely published art critic and art historian as well as a poet. She's the author of The Pluralist Era: American Art 1968-81 and of five books of poems, most recently Today's Menu. She coordinates the reading series Poets for Choice in Brooklyn, New York.

Eileen R. Tabios has published fifteen collections of poems, a volume of art essays, a poetry essay/ interview anthology, and a book of short stories. Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, her most recent books of poems are Dredging for Atlantis, (2006), and SILENCES: The Autobiography of Loss, (2007). In fall 2007 she will publish the multi-genre collection The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes. A budding vintner, she's Poet Laureate for Dutch Henry Winery in St. Helena, California, and is assiduously researching the poetry of wine.

For info, Poetry Flash 510-525-5476, www.poetryflash.org


Basil and Martha King will be in Asheville, North Carolina on April 19 for the premier of the documentary "Fully Awake: Black Mountain College" at the Fine Arts Theatre on Biltmore Avenue (7 pm). They both appear in the film, in interviews filmed in Basil's studio in Brooklyn a few years ago. The film will also be shown at the Berkshire International Film Festival in Great Barrington, Mass., on May 19, as part of a special tribute to Arthur Penn...and a New York City premiere is in discussion stage. (For more information on "Fully Awake" email neeleyhouse@gmail.com)

On March 21, Baz and Martha will both read in Winston-Salem, NC, at the Five & 40, 541 North Trade Street-- a new gallery in the downtown arts district (also at 7 pm).

They will return to New York City in time for the Marsh Hawk Press Launch of its Spring 2007 books at Poets House, 72 Spring Street, New York City, Monday, April 23, 2007, 7pm – 9pm, and featuring:

Steve Fellner: Blind Date with Cavafy
Basil King: 77 Beasts: Basil King’s Beastiary
Claudia Carlson: The Elephant House

Meanwhile, Basil has an important piece in the current issue of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics entitled "Basil's Arc" . (Email editor Ed Foster for more information: efoster@stevens.edu)

Martha has a little bit of prose surrealism in the forthcoming April issue of The Brooklyn Rail - "Flap and Bugs Go Dancing" (www.brooklynrail.org).


The Biscuit Reading Series Continues with THREE new books from Marsh Hawk Press and Spuyten Duyvil Press. Join us on

April 29th 6:00PM
Biscuit BBQ
5th Avenue & President in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Three awesome writers join forces for Biscuit!

Rochelle Ratner – reading from her new book Balancing Acts

Claudia Carlson – reading from her new book The Elephant House

Sarah White – reading from her new book Cleopatra Haunts the Hudson

Rochelle Ratner is an author, poet, dramatist and visual artist whose contemporary and innovative work transcends any one genre or description. Her books include two novels and sixteen poetry books, most recently Beggars at the Wall (Ikon, 2006) and Balancing Acts (Marsh Hawk, 2006). An anthology she edited, Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness, was published in 2000 by The Feminist Press. More information can be found on her homepage: www.rochelleratner.com

The multi-talented Claudia Carlson is auothor, quilt designer, cartographer, calligrapher, illustrator, book designer and website designer. She is also co-founder of the writing group River Writers of Manhattan. Her work was included in the anthology The Breath of Parted Lips II: Poems from the Robert Frost Place, CavanKerry Press, 2004 and she's the co-editor of the anthology, The Poet's Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales, Story Line Press, 2003. She co-authored The Bulgarian Americans in 1990. Divide, The Cream City Review and Gargoyle Magazine have published her photographs. On Sundays, she paints watercolors (see her work at www.claudiagraphics.com). She is a senior book designer at Oxford University Press and lives in New York City with her family.

Author Sarah White's poetry, memoirs, tales, translations, and libretti reflect her tenure as a Professor of Romance Literature at Franklin and Marshall College. Her verse has appeared in the Paris Review, Harvard Review, OC (a Toulouse journal of Occitan letters) and other magazines, and has been set to music by Kristina Boerger, John Carbon, and Tanya León. Her prose writings include a memoir chapter, "The Jews of Spain," published in Southwest Review, and she is co-translator of Songs of the Women Troubadours (Bruckner et al., Garland Press, 2000). She has been a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is a mother of two and grandmother of four.

Monday, April 02, 2007


whose 2006 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize book, Blind Date With Cafavy, was noted favorably in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Here's an excerpt; and click on excerpt to go to entire article:

In the past year, a number of notable collections have appeared, each of which "unlocks our chains," as Emerson asked, "and admits us to a new scene." // High on my list of new collections [is] Steve Fellner's "Blind Date With Cavafy" (Marsh Hawk, $12.50).... // Despite a deliberate goofiness, Fellner, too, writes with confidence. From his "Epiphanies": "You couldn't walk / through the neighborhood streets without seeing people / smacking their foreheads with the palms of their hands, / bragging about another bright idea."

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