the fall of 1977, A. Poulin, Jr., an English professor
at the State University of New York at Brockport and
also a poet and translator himself, began out of his
home office and garage BOA Editions, Ltd., a small press
devoted to publishing poetry. At the time, I was a
student at Brockport, finishing a bachelor’s degree in
English and preparing to continue on there and begin
teaching and working toward my MA in English with a
creative thesis. This is when the idea for
was born. The name, however, came later.
In the fall of
1978, on a magical night in October, Andrei Voznesensky,
the famous Russian poet who had read to hundreds of
thousands in his home country and hobnobbed with the
Kennedy's and other celebrities in America, gave the
college a gift before his reading: a tuft of hair from
a mammoth that had been discovered frozen in the ice
from the region of the then Soviet Union where he came
from and perfectly preserved.
handed Poulin, who had introduced him, the tuft of
mammoth hair, the region of my brain that loved and
still loves puns, like the name of the now defunct Bench
Press, lit up like torch fire: the press I wanted to
start, after meeting a talented young poet named Vincent
McKenna at a SUNY Writers’ Festival and after having the
opportunity as part of a class project to publish a
manuscript of poems by the SUNY Oswego poet Lewis Turco,
press inc./MAMMOTH books,
was born. Everything Voznesensky said after “Do not be
afraid. This is how we read poetry in Russia,” is a
is now incorporated as a non-profit organization in the
state of Pennsylvania and recognized as a charitable
organization under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Service’s tax code. As such,
is eligible for grants, and any donations made to us are
To date, the
majority of the financial support for
has come from me, Antonio Vallone, the
president/publisher. Money I earn from teaching
overload classes and writing workshops and from doing
readings and talks about publishing/editing is donated
MAMMOTH press inc./MAMMOTH books.
However, since we received our tax-free status with the
IRS, one small grant and several donations have come in,
and we hope to secure more funds in this way.
has a freelance designer, Mary Kay Long, and a
part-time accountant, Jo Randolph. They are the only
employees who are paid for their services besides our
printers, the digital division of Offset Paperback
Manufacturers Inc.. Robert McGovern has joined
as a volunteer editor.
Read big. Write
big. Publish small. Join the herd. Get wooly with us.
hopes you’ll enjoy our books long after I’m discovered
frozen and perfectly preserved in the ice. You can
order them here from our web site, from Small Press
Distribution, from Amazon.com, or from a bookstore on
your own stretch of tundra.
MAMMOTH press inc.