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Mudfish 24 Coming Soon!

An amazing, surprising issue with the winners of the 17th Mudfish Poetry Prize (judged by Deborah Landau), Tim Nolan, Doug Smith, and Francis Klein. Also featuring poetry, fiction, and art by Stephanie Emily Dickinson, Paul Wuensche, Alexander Iskin, Dell Lemmon, Amy Carr, Paul Schaeffer, debut writer Joyce (Chunyu) Wang, and many others.

Art by Jill Hoffman and Jasper Krents


Tim Nolan 

There were days when I was worried—mostly about money
sometimes about love. Days when the sun lit the snow 
and I thought I would burst with the joy of the cold. Days 
of brilliant blue skies and soft casual rain. Days travelling 
across the country during a heat wave racing above 
a soft road. Day-in/day-out days when nothing special 
happened—when I just barely survived—when I was 
full of possibilities. Summer days in New York City— 
a kid dancing by with a boom box booming. Days of death. 
The days when the kids were born. A day devoted 
to an old friend. Thanksgiving Days and Christmas Days 
and Good Fridays when life seemed on a pivot point. 
Those perpetual days of summer as a kid—down at the lake 
for the whole day. Not-so-special and very special days. 
Days made for no good. Days made of only good. 
Sacramental days along with those birthdays and death days 
that seemed to mark some passage, as if from here on out 
it would all be different. A couple of days in Paris. 
I wandered around by myself. I stopped when I wanted. 
I sat down at a café table. It seemed endless, for the moment, 
that the days would go on and would always somehow involve me.

Also coming soon: Kimono with Young Girl Sleeves, poems by Jill Hoffman

Advance praise:

“Kimono with Young Girl Sleeves is a beautifully alluring title, and the poems that follow surprise and delight with their candor and with the skillful irony that permits the poet to translate autobiography into poetry.”

David Lehman, One Hundred Autobiographies / Series Editor Best American Poetry


You can also buy Stoned from Amazon. We are awaiting your orders!

Praise for Stoned

Ross Barkan, NYTimes Magazine contributing writer, just included Stoned in his SubStack newsletter! 

“The poet Maud Diamond is smitten with the much younger Russian, Kazimir, in this riotous send-up of New York bohemia in the bombed out, if lovely, 1970s and 1980s. Kazimir is an artist, theoretically brilliant but doomed by his own instability. Maud has two children from a prior marriage and an all-consuming love of pot. Kazimir, fond of grand gestures like luring a full-grown horse to her apartment, prefers vodka. Her children grow, resentfully, in the shadow of this loving, strange, and absurdly volatile relationship—Lily, as a teenager, turns to a phone sex line to make ends meet—and Hoffman, through Maud’s deadpan first person, keeps the reader locked into each new frenzied episode. Scattered among the novel’s pages are a variety of finely-cut comic gems (“When I was young I was horrified by Eleanor Roosevelt. I thought a woman had to be beautiful.”) and punchy asides that lend the novel its subtle force. The muck and blood of old New York are everywhere, and redemption through art is still somehow possible. Maud, through a windy snowfall, carries a four foot by five foot blank canvas from Pearl Paint (since shuttered). She is like “Odysseus tied to the mast,” now “pirouetting on the sidewalk, trying not to let the thing drag me off my course like sirens’ songs.” Soon she’ll meet another man. He’ll smile at her with “wintery” blue eyes. Another adventure is about to begin.”

Here is the link!

Thanks to all who attended! For pictures from the party, see three different pages on Facebook and on Instagram. And please note that the new deadline for the 17th Mudfish Poetry Prize Contest has been extended to October 1st. Your poems are being read with pleasure and care.

Box Turtle Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Jill Hoffman’s long-overdue EXCITING second novel, STONED, coming end of April! We welcome your pre-orders.

In Jill Hoffman’s irresistible Stoned, the poet Maud Diamond not only indulges in reefer madness in her Beresford bathroom, but takes a much younger live-in lover, a handsome Russian (would-be-famous) artist, to the horror of her precocious children. An explosive triangle, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, brilliantly drawn with outsized characters worthy of Dickens, lavish imagery, and impeccable comedic timing. Hoffman has written a book so poignant and pleasurable, like a Crème Brûlée for the eyes, you’ll read it again and again. And yet for all its seeming decadence there is a purity here like a fawn running into the water.

Stephanie Emily Dickinson, Author of: Razor Wire Wilderness

Great with child to speak,
Mudfish 23 is finally put to bed!

‘You tell me,’ is the theme of Mudfish 23. Honesty, emotion, shock, subtlety, poems whose reverberant language and intensity awaken more poems in the reader’s mind. Poems that remind us of our own forgotten lives, that stick in our mind like burrs on a woolen sleeve.

Donald Hall, in A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety, writes: “Jill Hoffman, a painter and a poet and a fiction writer, edits a thick and handsome literary magazine called Mudfish.” Mary Florio in NewPages writes: Mudfish “marries poetry and art in a spellbinding series of verve and verse….The volume is so well-edited that one has difficulty celebrating any particular poet out of the entire collection.” In its generous layout, it is as if every poet is featured, and a story-teller.

Mudfish 1984 was the first slender issue, but has expanded to include fiction. Now Mudfish 23 presents Stephanie Emily Dickinson’s Lastness,celebrating the life and death of the poet Ted Jonathan, blurring the boundaries between prose and poetry, and fiction and nonfiction. Each work selected is a memorable experience, and each issue is a work of art.

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“The poems in Paul Schaeffer’s first poetry collection, The Cruelties of Brooklyn, instruct us in how to mourn and endure our living and give us an occasion to follow a family line through its most valued asset: the voice of one who remembers and sings the memory of the lives of those now gone, those who loved him. And yet, Schaeffer does not dwell in sorrow and grief-‘life isn’t suffering…‘ at least not completely. There is joy here, too. ‘We are even ok with less than nothing/Even less contains a drop,’ I’m thankful Schaeffer tells us, ‘That drop nourishes us/We learn to love it so much.‘”
Curtis Bauer, Author of American Selfie

Mudfish Poetry Prize #17 Extended!

Judged by Deborah Landau

Contest deadline: October 1st, 2023
First Prize Winner is awarded $1,200 and publication in Mudfish 24
Two Honorable Mentions awarded publication
Click here for more details!

Join the Mudfish Workshop, now on Zoom!

Mudfish 22 has launched! Better than ever — our constant theme — is true once again.

Mudfish 22 is bursting with beautiful outrageous poems, lavish selections from diverse poets, and new art by up-and-coming New York-based artists. The readers include the judge of the Mudfish Poetry Prize, Erica Jong, the first prize winner from Kentucky, two honorable mentions from Canada and Texas, a new poet from London, the guest Art Editor, John Yau, and many others.  Available through Barnes & Noble or via PayPal at mudfishmag@aol.com

Or, send checks to:

Box Turtle Press, 184 Franklin Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY, 10013


Mudfish 21 still available!

$20 + $3.50 shipping and handling



Our storage room is jammed.
Our cartons are overflowing.
Here’s the deal:
The Epic is back!

3 book-length poems that rival the Odyssey. A $60 value for half price.

$30 for:

The Gates of Pearl by Jill Hoffman,
Notes for a Love Poem by Mary Du Passage
Conversations with the Horizon by E.J. Evans


Vilnius Diary by Anna Halberstadt and Single Woman by Dell Lemmon

2 masterpieces for the price of one. A $40 value for $20!


Buy Notes for a Love Poem by Mary Du Passage and get her first book, Marbles, for free.

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Box Turtle Press, 184 Franklin Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY, 10013;
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Warmest thanks to our poets, readers, and judges.


Books Available for Purchase!

The Gates of Pearl



Mudfish individual poet series #10


Mudfish 20 - coming soon !!!