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Introduction Hanging Loose is one of the oldest independent literary publishers in the U.S. The editors are proud of having published many first books, including the first full collections by Sherman Alexie, Kimiko Hahn, D. Nurkse, Jack Agüeros, Elinor Nauen, Joanna Fuhrman, Maggie Nelson, Indran Amirthanayagam, and Beth Bosworth, among others.Some of the other writers published by HL are Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel, Frances Phillips, Harvey Shapiro, Jayne Cortez, Ron Overton, Helen Adam, Paul Violi, Charles North, Ha Jin, Morton Marcus, Maureen Owen, Donna Brook, Yukihide Hartman, Jack Anderson and Ed Friedman. Hanging Loose has been grateful for support by many contributors over the years, chief among them the National Endowment for the Arts,the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. HL books have won such honors as the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize.