Hanging Loose Press
The editors are proud of having published many first books, including the first full collections by Sherman Alexie, Kimiko Hahn, D. Nurkse, Jack Agüeros, Elinor Nauen, Joanna Fuhrman, Maggie Nelson, Indran Amirthanayagam, and Beth Bosworth, among others.Some of the other writers published by HL are Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel, Frances Phillips, Harvey Shapiro, Jayne Cortez, Ron Overton, Helen Adam, Paul Violi, Charles North, Ha Jin, Morton Marcus, Maureen Owen, Donna Brook, Yukihide Hartman, Jack Anderson and Ed Friedman.
Best selling poetry book of 2009. Alexie's latest collection is at times brash and confrontational. But it is equally tender, lyrical, funny and poignant. Alexie's poems are accessible, told in a conversational style that draws the reader in and makes them think and feel. He never fails to move you. In “Face” he inspires, makes wonderful meditations on adulthood and parenting, and leaves us wanting more.
Sherman's second book of poems, one that at times has him blending short stories with poetry to create a remarkable hybrid. He never fails to challenge, surprise, provide insight and generate beauty. No wonder he won the National Book Award.
Here, all of the hallmarks of Alexie's style are on full display: a firework show of talent, thought and feeling. He tackles everything from being a Native American writer to baseball in a collection of poems that will amaze with each new reading.
Fabri's debut collection is a raw, funny, poignant and unique. She can be frank and subtle in the same poem, always emerging from her stylized and passionate voice. Fabri is a special voice in modern poetry and if this debut is any indicator, she has many great things ahead of her.
Hanging Loose Press discovered Sherman Alexie and it is still the press where he exclusively publishes his poetry. Summer is Sherman's third book of poems, one that finds the vigor and transcendence of his earlier work achieving a greater depth and power. Amazing when you consider that his first poetry book had him hailed as "one of the major lyric voices of our time."
Sherman Alexie's first book, the book that introduced him to the world. It is here that he was called “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” What he achieves in his first book, most poets hope to accomplish in a career. A powerful, moving, risk-taking collection that will leave its mark on you.
Most know Ha Jin as the National Book Award winner writer of Waiting, though not many are aware of his poetry. Everything that makes Ha Jin's novels so powerful, so affecting, is here in his poems. But, due to the condensed nature of a poem, his style explodes here. Gorgeously told, unflinching work, guaranteed to expand your heart and mind. Fans of his fiction won't want to miss this. Newcomers to his work will be hooked.
The owner/publisher of Hanging Loose Press wrote to us, "When life is driving me crazy, I always think, Ah well, I get to publish Paul Violi. Among other things, he's very funny." That was recommendation enough for us. What's more, Violi's prose is stunning: sharp, insightful, near perfect. He died much too early and American letters is the worse for it.
This is Ha Jin's first collection of poetry, the book that made his name. Here all the hallmarks of his National Book Award winning style are present. His political concerns, his humanism, his lyrical cadences. A stunning book of poetry and a must read for all modern literature fans.
What a writer. Here is everything great about jazz, the blues, innovative imagery and movement. Cortez' poems are visceral, technically advanced yet accessible. Deeply concerned with the relations between people and of people's relation to power. Forward thinking, dynamic, her work is everything we want out of poetry. And more.