"Speech and poetry are fundamentally rooted in the ecosystem—"

the detritus of fallen leaves, the curvature of a river bend, and the sound of rain on a heron’s wings. When we speak or write poetry that engages these voices we become participant in the patterns of the watershed.

About the Press

 Hiraeth Press has been publishing since 2006 with a focus on environmental literature.We primarily publish nonfiction books exploring themes of conservation, rewilding, place-based narratives, natural history, and contemplative ecology. We accept submissions that range from meditations on nature to well-researched yet accessible nonfiction titles. Broadly, we are interested in books that bring together science and poetry, bridging the gap between knowing the earth and knowing the self.

Written River

Written River is a literary journal published bi-annually by Hiraeth Press which focuses on poetry and non-fiction prose exploring nature and our relationship to it.  Published on the Summer and Winter Solstices in digital format, we strive to encourage the discipline of eco-poetics and return the voice of the poet to the body of the Earth.  Eco-poetics is poetry in which the energy of the ecosystem flows through the poem, creating a written river of words which ebbs with the creativity of the entire Earth community.  Written River marks the confluence of many streams and many voices as they flow back into the nourishing ground of the watershed.

Our Titles

We publish a range of poetry and nonfiction dedicated to exploring our relationship with the earth. Our titles reflect our mission to participate in the re-creation of our culture in full participation with the earth community. Our nonfiction titles represent a diversity of perspectives on the topic of ecology, spirituality, and place-based literature. Each of our poetry collections, in their own way, ask “what use  are poets in times of need?” answering in voices of rivers and stones. Our books are food: come browse our collection and nourish yourself.