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.
Poetry is the language of the earth. This includes not only poems but the slow flap of a heron’s wings across the sky, the lightning of its beak hunting in the shallow water; autumn leaves and the smooth course of water over stones and gravel. These, as much as poems, communicate the being and meaning of things. We strive to produce works of poetry, whether they are actual poems or nonfiction. We are passionate about poetry as a means of returning the human voice to the chorus of the wild.
The Welsh word hiraeth (pronounced here-eyeth) encapsulates the spirit by which we strive and that the books we publish hope to inspire. A direct translation of the word might be something like an intense longing for one’s homeland. Here at Hiraeth Press we believe that our collective human homeland is the still-wild places of the earth.
At Hiraeth Press, we want to walk our talk. We endeavor to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, and will continue to raise our standards as we are able. All of our titles are printed by Lightning Source, Inc., the leading industry provider of Print on Demand books. This means that unlike traditional publishers we do not print thousands of copies of books in advance, thus ensuring that every book printed goes directly into the hands of a reader. This saves paper. Furthermore, all of Lightning Source’s books are printed on paper with chain of custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. This ensures that, in every step of the process, from the tree to the reader’s hands, that the paper our books are printed on has come from sustainably managed forests. We also recognize that these certifications are imperfect at best and, wherever possible, better and more responsible choices will always be made. We want to be on the forefront of a dialogue about what the publishing industry will look like in an ecologically sustainable future.
About the Publishers
Jason Kirkey is an author, poet, and the founder of Hiraeth Press. He grew up in the Ipswich River-North Atlantic Coast watershed of Massachusetts. Inspired by the landscapes in which he has lived—the temperate forests and old mountains of New England and the Eastern Piedmont, the red rocks and high desert of Colorado, Irish hills and sea—his work is permeated with an ecological sensibility. Whether poetry or prose, Jason’s words strive towards consonance with the ecosystem. He has written four volumes of poetry, including Estuaries and a nonfiction book, The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality. Jason is now working on his second nonfiction book and a graduate degree in conservation ecology. He now lives near Boston.
L.M. Browning grew up in a small fishing village in Connecticut. A longtime student of religion, nature, art, and philosophy these themes permeate her work. In 2010, she wrote a three-title contemplative poetry series that went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013, which has been given to visionary writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Balancing her passion for writing with her love of education and publishing, Browning is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the League of Conservationist Writers. She is Founder of Homebound Publications—a rising independent publishing house based in New England. Her title, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity, was recently named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book. She currently divides her time between her home in southeastern Connecticut and her work in Boston. To learn more go to www.lmbrowning.com
For four years, J. Kay MacCormack made her home in North Wales, UK, where she studied Welsh language and literature before returning to her beloved Neuse River watershed in the North Carolina Piedmont. MacCormack discovered written language at the age of three–and has been writing ever since, merging her love of people, places and psychology together in the form of poetry and prose. She is editor for Hiraeth Press’ Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics. MacCormack is also a PhD student in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, researching emotion experience through the lenses of neuroscience, physiology, linguistics, anthropology and philosophy. She is fascinated with feelings (emotion, intuition, instincts) and how culture, language and bioregion shape these feelings.