David Lehman teaches at The New School, is the founding editor of The Best American Poetry series and has edited many anthologies. His poetry books include New and Selected Poems, Yeshiva Boys, and When a Woman Loves a Man. Among his six books of nonfiction is A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Poems.
The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format ó mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope ó 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 didnít 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.
In this issue: Jack Anderson, Rosalind Brackenbury, Bill Christophersen, Harley Elliot, Gerald Fleming, Christien Gholson, Caroline Knox, David Lehman, Denise Levertov, Pablo Medina, Charles North, Tim Robbins, Eric Torgesen, Patricia Traxler, Yolanda Wisher, and many moreHanging Loose