I started hit & run press in 1974, first publishing Late Show, by Michael Shepler, as an offset paperback of 500 copies. At the same time, I did a letterpress broadside of Michael’s “Poem on a Line by Donald Justice.” I selected these poems based on my personal taste, because I found them worthy of publication. I’ve been selecting and publishing books and broadsides ever since, and hit & run press now has a wide range of poetry and two bilingual volumes of translations. I occasionally have guest editors review and select publication.


While I select books and broadsides personally, in 2014, hit & run press launched a broadside contest in honor of William Dickey, one of my teachers, who taught at San Francisco State University. This contest is open to unsolicited poets. An outside judge selects the contest winner. In 2015 this was Tony Hoagland, with a reading of the winning poem and other selections by Mark Doty at Housing Works Bookstore in New York in April 2015.  The 2016 contest was judged by Forrest Gander. The winner was celebrated in a reading at San Francisco State in fall of 2016. The 2017 contest winner was Mikko Harvey, judged by Mary Ruefle.


Larry Rafferty