Hanging Loose Press

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format -- mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope -- and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. If you liked a poem, you could pin it to the wall. If you didn’t like a poem, you could use it as a napkin.

  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.

Face By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931236706
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - April 15th, 2009

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.

First Indian on the Moon By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882413027
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hanging Loose Press - December 1st, 1993

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.

One Stick Song By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882413768
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hanging Loose Press - June 1st, 2000

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.

Dialect of a Skirt By Erica Fabri Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934909102
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - November 10th, 2009

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.

The Summer of Black Widows By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882413348
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - January 1st, 1996

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."

The Business of Fancydancing By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780914610007
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - May 1st, 1992

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.

Wreckage By Ha Jin Cover Image
By Ha Jin
ISBN: 9781882413973
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - January 1st, 2001

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.

Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes By Paul Violi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931236157
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hanging Loose Press - March 6th, 2002

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.

On the Imperial Highway: New and Selected Poems By Jayne Cortez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931236904
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Published: Hanging Loose Press - February 24th, 2009

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.



Situated on the main street of the historic Delaware Riverfront town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Farley’s Bookshop and its knowledgeable, experienced staff have endeavored to satisfy the literary tastes of the area inhabitants for over fifty years. Whether you are Bucks County born-and-bred or just stopping by to enjoy the crisp river air and delightful scenery, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the largest and most diverse collection of books-in-print in Bucks County. Farley’s may have competition, but it has few peers. We encourage you to browse our website, but please remember that getting acquainted with our online persona is no substitute for exploring the narrow passageways and teeming shelves of our storefront and discovering that perfect book nestled amongst so many others.

New Hope for American Art

                                               New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools. 

In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:

  • Daniel Garber
  • Edward Redfield
  • George Sotter
  • Arthur Meltzer
  • Robert Spencer
  • William Langson Lathrop
  • Kenneth Nunamaker
  • John Folinsbee
  • Henry Snell
  • William F. Taylor
  • Fern Coppedge
  • M. Elizabeth Price
  • Clarence Johnson
  • S. George Phillips
  • Rae Sloan Bredin
  • Walter Baum
  • Walter Schofield
  • Morgan Colt
  • Charles Rosen
  • Joseph Meierhans
  • Charles F. Ramsey
  • Louis Stone
  • Charles Evans
  • Josef Zenk

New Hope for American Art was authored, designed and published by James M. Alterman, an expert in the field of Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist painting. A longtime collector and owner of two fine art galleries, Alterman wanted to create a user-friendly book intended not only to educate collectors and enthusiasts about this art but to help train one's eye. The book offers valuable tips on how to avoid common mistakes often experienced by new collectors drawn from the author's personal experiences as a collector and fine art dealer.