Hanging Loose Press is an independent publisher that flourishes through local community support, and they are hosting their first ever online auction and fundraiser! The funds will go toward uncovering the voices of underrepresented writers by fueling Hanging Loose Press and their publication efforts. Some of the auction items include asynchronous poetry classes from acclaimed poet Joanna Fuhrman, tarot readings and response poems from Paula Cisweski, and a signed copy of What It Is Like by brilliant poet and Pace professor Charles North. A truly a wonderful selection of items for writers and publishing members alike, the auction ends on January 7th, 2024 at 12AM. 

Hanging Loose Press is the oldest literary magazine in the nation with their first edition published in 1966. The name Hanging Loose came from their original format, which was loose pieces of paper in an envelope due to their initial low budget. However, this became a powerful press image and represented the deep belief that poetry is for everyone: whether you wanted to use a poem as a coaster or frame it on your wall. 

The press focuses on poetry with additions of prose and art. Their bi-annual literary magazine is published alongside individual titles throughout the year. Hanging Loose Press focuses on emerging artists marginalized by mainstream publishing whether due to their race, gender, age, or socioeconomic background. They have championed the work of many first full collections from beloved authors such as Sherman Alexie, Maggie Nelson, and Joanna Fuhrman. Hanging Loose Press has published approximately 220 books and 113 issues of poetry, prose, and art. 

Now, on their #114 issue of the magazine, they feature writers such as Sherman Alexie, Rosalind Brackenbury, Bill Christophersen, Helen Ivory, and others, along with the beloved high school section, to continue the legacy of Hanging Loose Press that brings independent publishing to life. 

Their new releases include When My Mother is Most Beautiful by Rebecca Suzuki— winner of the Loose Translation award— and Sundry Abductions by Maria Dylan Himmelman— winner of the inaugural Hanging Loose Press founders award. Upcoming events include the publication of 2024 books from authors such as Indran Amirthanayagam, Karen Kovacik, Terence Winch, and Pablo Medina. The new 2024 Loose Translation winner, Carlie Hoffman’s translation work by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, will be available in the new year as well.