FootHills Publishing was formed in 1986 for the purpose of getting into print the words of poets who found it hard to get their work out to the public other than at readings or in the occasional magazine. The first few books were published in conjunction with Great Elm Press, operated by Walt Franklin. Since then, FootHills Publishing has released more than 300 chapbooks or books.
We are a small family-run operation. I do the editorial work – Carolyn handles the book production and shipping and our two boys, Grayson (18) and Chapin (14), help with production. Grayson also assists with some design work. All of our books are now hand-stitched and we have received many compliments on the quality of the work, both in content and production.
The work has always been a labor of love. We live simply in the hills of central New York, publish books as we can – there were a number of years when no books were released because there was no money available to do so. We celebrated FootHills 20th anniversary in 2006, a major accomplishment that I never gave any thought to until late in 2005 when the realization of that milestone jumped out at me. Twenty plus years and it is still a struggle sometimes (when isn’t poetry a struggle in America?) Too many times we still balance our often-in-short-supply resources between paying bills and publishing books. But, as Van Morrison said back in the 70s – “It’s too late to stop now.”
On the following pages you will find information about the books FootHills Publishing has released. Books currently available can be ordered on-line through Paypal or ordered through the mail.