The MFA in Creative Writing program at Boise State University would like to announce the forthcoming closure of Ahsahta Press. Founded in 1974 by Tom Trusky, the press initially focused on poetry of the American West, publishing, amongst others, David Baker, Wyn Cooper, Cynthia Hogue and Katharine Coles.
In 1999, professor Janet Holmes took over the job of editor, expanding the scope of the press and introducing the Sawtooth Poetry Prize for first books and a chapbook series. For the last twenty years, professor Holmes has overseen one of the most respected independent poetry presses in the country, garnering a national and international reputation.
Ahsahta has been home to a wide range of extraordinary books, including many prize-winners such as Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women (Firecracker Award, 2016), Vincent Toro’s Stereo. Island. Mosaic (Norma Farber First Book Award, 2017), and most recently Jonah Mixon-Webster’s Stereo(TYPE), which won the prestigious PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.
Professor Holmes has decided to step away from the editorship and to close the press to focus on her own writing. The MFA program would like to thank professor Holmes for the energy and vision she has dedicated to the press, and for the support the press has given to poets, and poetry locally and nationally for two decades.