Peter Money, Director/Editor
From Poets & Writers: Some people possess a potent energy that serves them well in the grassroots world of independent publishing. One could easily say this about Peter Money, the publisher of the lesser-known Harbor Mountain Press in Brownsville, Vermont—well, actually the press was founded in Brownsville in 2006, and while its letterhead still uses that address, Harbor Mountain is now located a couple of towns away, in White River Junction, which is just the kind of detail that launches Money into a line of thought that can lead to, say, a fascinating fact about the town’s baker—”He used to work at the Plaza!”—or maybe the dimensions of the press’s office (thirteen by twenty-three feet). Harbor Mountain’s logo is another good conversation piece. Just a couple of brush marks depicting a mountain, right? Nothing, it seems, is quite so simple to Money, who says the logo was drawn in a sumi style and depicts nearby Mount Ascutney—the granite from which was used to make the columns of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library in 1895. More than a Jeopardy! contestant with a penchant for literature, though, Money is a poet who studied with Allen Ginsberg and founded the literary magazines Writers’ Bloc and Lame Duck; he’s also written a number of poetry collections, including To day—Minutes only, a prose poem sequence with Arab poet Saadi Youssef, published in 2004 by Goats and Compasses Press. All of which—and much more—fuels the fire that heats Harbor Mountain Press, which aims to publish six poetry collections annually. . . . In addition to running the press, Money teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction—the nation’s only two-year cartooning college, he is quick to explain—but it’s clear his real passion is the written word. And it’s on this point that Money is the most succinct. “Poetry is good food,” he says.
Harbor Mountain poets include Sinan Antoon; William Cirocco; Jan Clausen; Robert Farnsworth; Alice B. Fogel, Laura Davies Foley (1), Laura Davies Foley (2); Elena Georgiou; Norman MacAfee; Giuseppe Ungaretti, translated by Ann McGarrell, with the paintings of Margaret Lampe Kannenstine; Jay Mead; Ana Merino; David Miller; Robert Nichols; David Oliveira; Elizabeth Robinson; Mario Susko; and Sharon White.