Poets & Publishers

Meet the Poets!

JS Graustein is is an ecologist by training, a poet by practice, and a publisher by accident. She is co-author of Water Ways with NEA Fellow William O’Daly, and is the calligrapher of numerous haiku collections. Her most recent calligraphy project, Wishbones by Ben Moeller-Gaa, won the Touchstone Distinguished Book Award 2018. She runs Folded Word, a Meredith-based micropress of ecolinguistic poetry and short prose. She also serves the Poetry Society of New Hampshire as the lead editor, designer, and typographer of its journal, The Poets’ Touchstone..

Photo by Jill Engel-Cox

William O’Daly

William O’Daly was raised in the San Fernando Valley and frequented the backpacking trails of the southern Sierra Nevada. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, as an economics major but before the end of his freshman year turned to literature and the writing of poetry. At UCSB he studied with poets Kenneth Rexroth, Alan Stephens, Fredrick Turner, and John Ridland, and with modernist critic Hugh Kenner; under friend and mentor Sam Hamill, he served as assistant editor of Spectrum magazine. In 1972 he left UCSB for Denver, Colorado, where he co-founded Copper Canyon Press. His published works include eight books of translation of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda (Still Another Day, The Separate Rose, Winter Garden, The Sea and the Bells, The Yellow Heart, The Book of Questions, The Hands of Day, and World’s End), and Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight — all published by Copper Canyon. Book of Twilight was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Translation of Poetry for 2018. Books of his own poems include The Whale in the Web (Copper Canyon), as well as Yarrow and Smoke, Water Ways (a collaboration with JS Graustein), and The Road to Isla Negra, the latter three published by Folded Word Press. He was profiled by NBC news correspondent Mike Leonard for The Today Show, as a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry.

Ben Moeller-Gaa

Ben Moeller-Gaa is a Pushcart nominated* haiku poet whose poems, reviews and essays have appeared in over 30 journals worldwide including Acorn, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Shamrock, and World Haiku Review as well as in the Red Moon Press’s yearly “best of” anthologies, The Haiku Foundation’s mobile haiku app, Haiku 21 an anthology of the English language haiku from the first decade of the twenty first century, among others.

He is the author of two haiku chapbooks, Wasp Shadows* from Folded Word Press (2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon from poor metaphor design (2014). He has received a degree in Creative Writing from Knox College, is a contributing editor to River Styx literary magazine, and has led writing workshops for Studio STL, the St. Louis Poetry Center, and at Missouri Baptist University. Folded Word Press is  thrilled to announce that Wishbones, haiku & senryu by Ben Moeller-Gaa with calligraphy by JS Graustein, has won The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Award 2018.