Announcements and Events


What if there really were a last blonde? Think about it. And what if she were funny, complicated, and sensuous. What if she wrote a series of letters to The Husband, advising that he eat ice cream, or thanking him for burying the pony, regretting that she never let him ride it. What if he never asked her about dirt…and that was a big mistake. Like the Virgin Mary, she tries not to get caught giving in too easily.This George Saunders of poets sees the world like no other, intense, irreverent, surprising, with an insidious feminism. Bucking mustangs and inappropriate dogs tell part of the story, and If there are chicks, or anthropomorphized eggs, they are slant approaches to grief–for lost friends, for children and fathers and the falling apart world–but Koncel’s mourning is so sly, you might chuckle before the sadness seeps in.

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM @ Smith College, Northampton, MA -Alumnae House Conference Hall

A twofold event!

First, it’s a celebration of Smith Poets with Hedgerow Books Featuring MARY A. KONCEL, MAYA JANSON & ANDREA STONE.

Second, it is a launch party for Mary Koncel’s long-awaited new collection of poems, The Last Blonde.

You can order a copy by clicking the pic.

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The Last Blonde is another virtuoso collection from Mary A. Koncel. Like Closer to Day and You Can Tell the Horse Anything, this book gathers together a stunning combination of wit, invention, and pathos into a series of moments that you won’t soon forget… Buy this book!—you won’t regret it.”
—Robert Alexander, founding editor of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series

One cannot praise The Last Blonde enough. Here’s the prose poem at its luminous best: deft, magical, funny, and wistful. Here is a generous, tender, radiant voice—in love with this world. A voice we trust. The poet writes, “I remember my hunger. It begins with a rustle in the grass, just after dusk, between fragrance and mildew.” This is a one-of-a-kind collection—a book I’ll return to again and again.”
—Carol Potter, author of Some Slow Bees, 2014 Field Poetry Prize


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Mary A. Koncel has published two books of prose poetry—Closer to Day (Quale Press) and You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press). She was a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a finalist for the Poetry Society of Americas Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Denver Review, Barrow Street, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 25 American Poets. She lives in Worthington, Massachusetts with her husband and many animals.



Hedgrerow Book’s Hannah Fries will be reading at the Collected Poets Series, November 2, 2017, 7:00 PM, Mocha Maya’s Coffeehouse, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA



Hedgerow Book’s Andrea Stone, along with Ellen Dore Watson and Sarah Sousa will be reading / speaking at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 1 pm at the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970.

How does history influence the creative process? How do poets turn the events of the past into inspiration for poetry today? Poets Sarah Sousa (SPLIT THE CROW, CHURCH OF NEEDLES), Andrea Stone (AMERICAN SPELLING), and Ellen Dore Watson (poetry editor of the MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW and of Hedgerow Press) will read from their recent work, all of which looks back at moments in New England and Canadian history. Readings will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience. From Native American oral histories to Civil War narratives to earthshaking national crises, the past informs each poet’s work in ways both literal and figurative, challenging form and genre as well as our understanding of shared histories. The event will be introduced and moderated by Ellen Dore Watson, with time for audience questions and participation.


Click link to learn more about this reading & discussion as well as other events at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival: History’s Inspiration: Poetry Out of the Past 


James Heflin’s Krakatoa Picnic can now be ordered!

Please join us April 28th, 2017 at the Brew Practitioners LLC (36 Main Street Florence, MA 01062) @ 7 PM for the official release party of Jame’s new collection of poems.

Paul Mariani, noted poet and biographer of Wallace Stevens, called James Heflin’s Krakatoa Picnic “as unsettling an inaugural book of poems as I’ve read in decades.” Readers familiar with Stevens and James Tate will find an affinity of voice in Heflin, uniquely its own. Heflin continues their tradition of whimsy and imagination, dark humor and wry spiritual reach. Wherever Heflin takes you, it won’t be where you expect. Whether you walk through a village of accordionists at night, ride to the Rhone to splash the bones of St Aquinas into the river, consider mysterious orbs landing in the pampas of Argentina, or listen to the false gods grouse about their status, we hope this book delights you as much as it does us.


Maya Janson & Karen Donovan will have a poetry reading at the Smith College Poetry Center, Northampton MA, Saturday, April 8th, 2017 7 PM. All are welcome & free to the public.


Joshua Michael Stewart interview @


Hannah Fries interview @

A wonderful review of Little Terrarium in the Greenfield Recorder. see it here: Review of Hannah Fries’s Little Terrarium


 Hannah’s book is now available at Collective Copies stores and online. Click on the cover to order now.



Hedgerow Books Introduces Its 9th Book

Little Terrarium by Hannah Fries

Reaching into the Berkshires, Amherst’s Hedgerow Books is proud to announce a debut collection by former Orion poetry editor Hannah Fries, Little Terrarium. Fries’s poems are “acutely alive to the physical world in all its varied, gorgeous, and vulnerable incarnations,” according to poet Ellen Bass.

Little Terrarium, refers to the body that holds the soul and the world that holds all creatures, from the complexity of human consciousness to the five pulsing hearts of night crawlers. Depicting a world on the brink, our spiritual history, and very human love, Fries’ poems evoke sincere wonder through lyricism, freshness and the ability to surprise. Where else might we find a woman provocatively stripping from a lobster suit; the voice of Mary, refusing her pedestal in her most human voice; a houseplant speaking for itself from a dark closet; Noah’s wife salvaging burrs from the ark’s bears; or the mustard seed, hushed and waiting in its cold vault for Doomsday. Whether writing about a midnight baker, or a species of spiders harnessed to spin steely gold thread, Fries holds the whole world, her little terrarium, in her hands.

Hannah Fries graduated from Dartmouth College and received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. From 2005 to 2014 she worked at Orion magazine in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Her poetry and prose have appeared in such places as American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat, Water~Stone Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship and a Colorado Art Ranch residency. She currently works as a project editor at Storey Publishing in North Adams, Massachusetts, and is a contributing editor for

The launch will be hosted by The Emily Dickinson Museum on November 3, 2016, at 7 pm in the Dickinson’s parlor in Amherst, MA.

Prior to the launch there will be an open mic from 6 pm – 7 pm to coincide with the Amherst Art Walk series. 

Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 542-8161

Hannah will also have a book launch in Berkshire County on Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:30 pm:

The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St. Lenox, MA  01240

Reception and book signing to follow, with music by The Easy Ridin’ Papas!



Will read with other literary artists who were awarded MCC Artist Fellowships at the Forbes Library in Northampton Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7 PM
Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton MA
D M Gordon
Heather Kamins
Sarah Sousa
Elizabeth Witte

The event is free, accessible, and open to the public.



on the Bill Newman Show, WHMP, 96.9 FM, Wednesday, April 6th at 8:45 AM

and then…..!!


to launch

New Hedgerow  books, Break Every String and American Spelling

Saturday, April 16, 4:30 PM Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College

Party at Union Station to follow



to read at Mocha Mayas with Jane Yolen, Thursday, April 7, 2016 7 PM, Shelburne Falls, MA

Annie Woodhull at the Collected Poets Series



to read at The U Mass Fine Arts Center in coordination with their Annual Curatorial Fellowship, April 7, 2016 6 PM

Eyes Are For Asking


February 3, 2016

We at Hedgerow Books are celebrating HANNAH FRIES from Sandisfield, MA for her manuscript, Little Terrarium, and JAMES HEFLIN, from South Deerfield, for Krakatoa Picnic.  We look forward to publishing their wonderful poems in 2016/2017