Turtle Point Press is an independent publisher distinguished by books of exceptional literary content and elegant design. The Press has been delighting writers and readers with new fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, works in translation, and rediscovered classics for thirty years.
Jonathan D. Rabinowitz founded Turtle Point Press in 1990 with a commitment to publishing forgotten literary works alongside unique and eminently readable contemporary literary writers. For a number of years, the Press had two imprints: Helen Marx Books, run by the late Helen Zanetti Marx, who was an accomplished translator from the French; and Books & Co., headed by Jeannette Watson Sanger, owner of New York City’s beloved Books & Company bookstore during its twenty-year run.
Over the years, Turtle Point’s books have achieved many distinctions. Our works by leading contemporary authors such as Richard Howard, David Trinidad, Benjamin Taylor, Devin Johnston, Edward J. Delaney, Brian O’Doherty, and others have received numerous honors and awards and have garnered widespread praise. Turtle Point also publishes rediscovered classics by a number of major authors, including Julien Gracq, Lord Berners, Hannah Green, and Madame de Charrière. Our list includes important collections of letters by James Schuyler and Marcel Proust, as well as works of literary criticism on André Gide, Proust, and more.
In May 2016, longtime Turtle Point editor and associate Ruth Greenstein took the reins as publisher, with a commitment to carrying on the Press’s tradition of fine publishing. Since then, Turtle Point has introduced more women writers and West Coast writers, and has broadened the largely French international line to literary fiction and nonfiction that spans the globe.
Ruth Greenstein, Turtle Point’s Publisher and Editorial Director, has worked in book publishing since 1989. Formerly a staff editor at Harcourt, Ecco, and GoodTimes Entertainment, she is founder of the editorial consulting firm Greenline Publishing Consultants and co-founder of the independent editors alliance Words into Print. Among the bestselling and award-winning authors she has worked with are Erica Jong, Gary Paulsen, Alice Walker, John Ashbery, Sallie Bingham, Grace Schulman, Roger Rosenblatt, and Dennis Lehane. Ruth was educated at the University of California, Berkeley; the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and Deutsches Haus at NYU. Music, poetry, and people are among her passions, along with the nature of California, the culture of New York, the streets of Berlin, and exploring the unfamiliar in language and the world.
Jaclyn Echegaray, Turtle Point’s Production Associate, has been with the press since 2016, where she began as a summer intern. A Jill of many trades, she handles a bit of everything, with a focus on production, design, and website and data management. Jaclyn studied literature at the University of California, Davis, in her home state of California, before moving overseas to work for a small press in Thailand. An inveterate traveler, she landed in New York in 2015, and has since made her home in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights.
Eric Howard is an editor of the Turtle Point Magazine and a manuscript reviewer for the press. An independent writer and editor who, for twenty years, was editor of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Magazine, he is based in Central L.A.’s Frogtown. His debut poetry collection, Taliban Beach Party, was published by Turtle Point Press.
Jeff Peer is a project editor at Turtle Point and an editor of the Turtle Point Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, and is interested in literature in translation, particularly from Latin America. Jeff’s reviews and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Public Books, World Literature Today, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyperallergic, The Millions, and elsewhere. A Northern California native who has lived in Boston, Mexico, and Vermont, he now lives by Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
David Reines is a publishing assistant at Turtle Point, where he handles a wide range of administrative tasks. Originally from the Boston area, he studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a special interest in art history and the history of civilization. David’s favorite books are the Tao Te Ching, On the Road, and Dream of the Red Chamber. A musician by night, he plays lead guitar in the band The Nite Before. David is the brother of poet Ariana Reines and lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Robyn Lee Smith is the Marketing & Production Assistant at Turtle Point, where she works on publicity, social media, trafficking books through production, and more. Robyn most recently worked as an events coordinator at the Strand Book Store. She studied media and journalism at James Madison University in Virginia. You can find Robyn’s written work in BUST Magazine, Business of Home, The Washington Post, Animal Literary Magazine, and more. She lives on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
Deep gratitude to Jonathan D. Rabinowitz, our founder and guide.
Many thanks to the vital support from the members of our advisory board: Harold Augenbraum, Jean Brody, Michael Carroll (Chair), Lauren Cerand, Beth Clary, Rafay Khalid, Beatrix Ost, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Eric Rayman, Jeannette Watson Sanger, and Ira Silverberg.
Much appreciation to our dedicated team of readers, interns, consultants, and friends: Jean Brody, Ann Brody Guy, Rafay Khalid, Martha Ormiston, Samara Michaelson, and Steve Turtell.