2018 - Paperback
Somondoco Press announces the publication of William Hathaway’s new book, Dawn Chorus, which compiles more than one hundred of the author’s best-known poems along with a selection of more than fifty new, previously unpublished works. The selection and editing was done by the author’s wife, Ellen, who recognized stylistic threads and thematic progressions in these poems spanning almost fifty years: from 1972 through 2017.
Advance praise for Dawn Chorus comes from other authors who have followed William Hathaway’s writing for decades:
“… these poems “are smart, tough, intellectually provocative and emotionally stirring. This is architecture, friends, not interior decoration.”
- John Dufresne, I Don’t Like Where This Is Going
Hathaway’s poems “travel with grace, humor, compassion, and fierce intelligence—between heaven and hell, making stops at all stations in between.” –Steve Stern, The Angel of Forgetfulness and The Book of Mischief
“… the poems act out the energies of his amazingly restless, nervous intelligence.” –W.S. Di Piero
“We live in troubling times and these intelligent and scrupulously honest poems, always surprising in their wild energy and exceptional grace, offer us a way to comprehend our frailties and to define and defuse our fears.” – Harry Marten, Understanding Denise Levertov, and The Poetry and Prose of Conrad Aiken: The Art of Knowing
William Hathaway is currently retired and lives in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Ellen Hathaway recently retired from an editing position at the Gettysburg Review. Books are available at www.amazon.com. For further information, email email@example.com or visit www.williamhathawaypoet.com or www.somondocopress.com.
William Hathaway was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in Ithaca, New York. He earned a BA from the University of Montana and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Hathaway’s new book, Dawn Chorus: New and Selected Poems 1972-2017 has just been published by Somondoco Press. His recent books of poetry include Sightseer (2000), Promeneur Solitaire (2005), and The Right No (2012). He has taught at numerous institutions including Louisiana State University, Cornell University, Union College, and Southampton College, as well as spending half of his working life outside of academia. He is currently retired and lives in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.