MadHat Press

Maxine ChernoffMaxine Chernoff is the author of nineteen books of poetry and six works of fiction, one of which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1993. She served 19 years as Chair of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she has continued as professor. Former coeditor of New American Writing, she is the winner of a 2013 NEA in Poetry and a 2009 PEN Translation Award for her cotranslation with Paul Hoover of Friedrich Hölderlin’s Selected Poems. She is a three-time runner-up for the Northern California Book Award. She has taught at Exeter in England, and at summer workshops in  Prague, and St. Petersburg, and she has read her work in Brazil, Scotland, China, Belgium, Australia, and England. A native Chicagoan, she was a founding board member of the Poetry Center at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2016 she was a visiting writer at the American Academy in Rome. She has been a Mill Valley resident since 1994.

Light and Clay: New and Selected Poems
is now available from MadHat Press.

Under the Music
is now available from MadHat Press.


MadHat Press is a leading publisher of unique and vital contemporary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.

MadHat Press seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.

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Cheshire MA 01225