United Artists Books

United Artists Books (originally Angel Hair Magazine and Books) was founded in 1967 by Lewis Warsh and Anne Waldman. It is one of the oldest independent publishing companies in the United States that focuses primarily on publishing poetry. From 1966 to 1975, Angel Hair published over seventy volumes of poetry and fiction by American and English authors. In 1977, Warsh and Bernadette Mayer founded United Artists Magazine and Books. Between 1977 and 1983, they published eighteen issues of United Artists Magazine. Since that time, United Artists Books has published numerous books.

Among the many authors and contributors are Kathy Acker, Ruth Altmann, Russell Banks, Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Jim Brodey, Rudy Burckhardt, Reed Bye, Steve Carey, Charlotte Carter, Tom Clark, Andrei Codrescu, Jack Collom, Clark Coolidge, William Corbett, Gregory Corso, Jonathan Cott, Robert Creeley, Edwin Denby, Donna Dennis, Kenward Elmslie, Ed Friedman, Gloria Frym, Allen Ginsberg, John Godfrey, Ted Greenwald, Barbara Guest, Louise Hamlin, Lee Harwood, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Barbara Henning, Fanny Howe, Helena Hughes, Tony Iantosca, Yvonne Jacquette, Susan Keith Noel, John Koethe, Daniel Krakauer, Bill Kushner, Gary Lenhart, Greg Masters, Bernadette Mayer, Rosemary Mayer, Michael McClure, Paul Metcalf, Dennis Moritz, Eileen Myles, KB Nemcosky, Charles North, Alice Notley, Liam O'Gallagher, Daniel Owen, Maureen Owen, Ron Padgett, Lisa Rogal, Carl Rakosi, David Rosenberg, Bob Rosenthal, Ann Rower, Tom Savage, Harris Schiff, Elio Schneeman, George Schneeman, Michael Scholnick, Simon Schuchat, James Schuyler, Carl Solomon, Lorenzo Thomas, Chris Tysh, George Tysh, Charlie Vermont, Anne Waldman, Sarah Anne Wallen, Diane Ward, Phyllis Wat, Hannah Weiner, John Wieners, and Matvei Yankelevich.

Some of the artists who have contributed to cover art are Carol Altmann Pinsky, Dave Barkin, Hazel Blake, Christian Boltanski, Joe Brainard, Donna Cartelli, Emilie Clark, Zachary Cummings, Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, Donna Dennis, Martha Diamond, Jim Dine, Zu Dong Guan, Angela Fremont, Nora Griffin, Philip Guston, Louise Hamlin, Janet Hamrick, Harriette Hartigan, Alex Katz, Pamela Lawton, Leonardo Madriz, Miranda Maher, Alyssa Matthews, Rosemary Mayer, Pareesa Pourian, James Rosenquist, Allen Saperstein, Hal Saulson, Noam Scheindlin, George Schneeman, Anne Tardos, Amy Trachtenberg, and Sophia Warsh.

It has been the primary goal of United Artists Books to publish poets whose works are well known and well-respected within the poetry community but unknown to a wider audience. The press has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Massachusetts Council of the Arts, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines. In an article in The Baltimore Sun, Andrei Codrescu described United Artists Books "on the cutting edge of American poetry for the last twenty years. The series of books is indispensable for any library collection or anyone interested in the future of poetry."

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For a current list of United Artists Books,
please go to the UAB website