HLP002: i am alone, facing the moon rising on the edge of a mountain, by edward j. rathke

Time for a new announcement:

The second book in our lineup will be “i am alone, facing the moon rising on the edge of a mountain” by edward j. rathke.

Rathke is the author of:

Ash Cinema

Girl With Ears & Demon With Limp

Twilight of the Wolves

Noir: A Love Story

Transdimensional, Transgender, Transubstantiate: A Memoir

“i am alone” is a collection of poems taking on traditional Japanese poetic forms in a series of haiku, tanka, and ryūka, as well as a series of freeform poems inspired by/paying homage to the enigmatic Japanese poet, Yoshiya Chiru. Rathke juggles the fragility, beauty, and economy of traditional Japanese poetic forms with dark and grim overtones.

i am alone facing the moon front cover


HLP001: Vade Mecum, by Scott-Patrick Mitchell

We are still a ways off from launching the first wave of collections from Hawkline Press, but in the meantime, we’ll share with you some of the books we’ve got so far.

HLP001: Vade Mecum, by Scott-Patrick Mitchell is the first book in our catalogue.

Scott-Patrick is a queer poet who is boisterous and experimental, inspiring and infectious.

Vade Mecum is a collection of poems piecing together his unique style of poetry into a poet’s handbook, a guide of sorts through which SPM holds your hand and shows you all the incredible places you can go with such a spiritual and poetic prophet at your side.

Vade Mecum Cover Front.jpg


Hi all,

After our short break, we will be remaining closed to full length collection submissions, as we already have enough material to go ahead and launch Hawkline Press.

We will be remaining open to chapbook submissions until further notice, so please check the submission guidelines and get in touch with us.

We are processing submissions a bit slower than usual at the moment, so if you have something with us, or have made a query but haven’t heard back in a while, you’re welcome to send a follow-up query. Otherwise, please sit tight and we’ll try to get on top of everything.

We will also be announcing the first batch of titles very soon.

Thank you for your time, patience, and support.


As of the 14th of February 2017, through to the 14th of March 2017, Hawkline Press will be closed to all submissions/pitches.

There are three primary reasons for this:

To allow me to catch up on the current submissions before I start reviewing more.

We are currently very close to our quota for the first wave of releases and may already have enough quality submissions lined up to fit the bill. If this is the case, when we reopen to submissions, it may only initially be for chapbooks until we can figure out how to plan out our books after the first wave.

I will also be on leave for part of this time and may be unreachable.

So, if you’ve already been in touch with me regarding your work, please sit tight and I will hopefully get back to you soon.

If I’m currently waiting on work from you (and you should know who you are), you’re welcome to send it through to me, I just won’t be able to get to it right away.

As for everyone else, please sit tight, and we’ll be back in March to see what you’ve got, and to start rolling out the announcements for what we’ve got so far.

Examples of Poetry I Like

I was just asked by two different people within about 15 minutes of each other what kind of poetry I like.

In my mission statement/submission guidelines I’ve kept things fairly open as I’d like to be surprised with something different.

I will probably tweak the submission guidelines at some point soon to clarify a few things and address a few other things, but I don’t want to place strict limits on the content of the work at least until the first wave of books have been released.

Having said that, works with a strong thematic connection will automatically sit better with me, as well as verse novels and works which also incorporate tropes from genre fiction (examples will be listed below).

To begin with, this press was named after Richard Brautigan’s novella “the Hawkline Monster“. I’m a huge fan of Brautigan’s prose. I’ve read some of his poetry, but it doesn’t stand out as much as his prose. “The Hawkline Monster” is published alongside a couple of his other works, of which I would also recommend “Dreaming of Babylon”.


In Watermelon Sugar” is an all-time favourite of mine, and I think it perfectly captures a beautiful blend of prose poetry, surrealism, and genre fiction.

Some of my personal favourite poets/collections would be:

The Flappy Parts, by Kevin L. Donihe

The Creek, by Justin Grimbol (who has just released a new poetry collection, Minivan Poems, which I am super keen to get my hands on and also fits the bill of having a cohesive theme to it. If Grimbol pitched the idea of this collection to me, I would accept it straight up)

Alien vs Predator, by Michael Robbins

On Love and Barley, by Matsuo Basho (very old, traditional haiku collection, it doesn’t get any more raw or beautiful than this)

The Underside of the Rainbow, by B.E. Burkhead


The Monkey’s Mask, by Dorothy Porter (the first verse novel I read, it follows the narrative of a lesbian detective following a dark mystery through Sydney’s poetry scene)

I’d also love to give a shout-out to “The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert” by Rios de la Luz. Although this book is a short story collection, it’s captivating in the same way as Brautigan. That blurring the line between prose and poetry, realism and fantasy. I’d also love to get my hands on a copy of her latest chapbook, “Interstellar Bruja“.


In addition to Minivan Poems from Justin Grimbol, I would also be incapable of turning down a collection like Christoph Paul’s “Horror Film Poems“. I haven’t read this collection yet, but you just know exactly what you’re getting into when you’re trying to decide if you want to check it out or not.


I would love to seek submissions for poetry collections based purely on high concept pitches, because that would mean that either there would have to be some sort of narrative to it (hello verse novels!) or that it would have to hook me as a concept way before I start to process the poems, but for the moment I’m keeping things open. If you come to me with something with the appeal of any of these books, there’s a good chance I might jump at it.