Turtle Point Press introduces readers to outstanding literature by classic and contemporary writers from around the globe. We promote the work of emerging and neglected authors alongside those who are better known. The mix creates a publishing program that is both iconoclastic and challenging, revealing lives not usually seen in books that are playful, poignant, and poetic. Our writers work with some of the best editors in publishing and are treated to exquisitely designed and produced books. We are especially dedicated to supporting women, the LGBTQ+ community, and writers whose first language is not English.

Turtle Point is well known for publishing outstanding poets, among them Richard Howard, Grace Schulman, Diane Glancy, and David Trinidad. And the press includes many bold and inspiring contemporary voices, among them Roger Rosenblatt, Margo Tamez, Michael Carroll, Katharine Coles, Joseph Keckler, Edward J. Delaney, and Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles. Our classic and rediscovered authors range from British aesthete and eccentric Lord Berners to avant-garde stylists like Julien Gracq, who refused the Prix Goncourt.

During Turtle Point Press’s long history of excellence, our books have achieved many distinctions, including awards and nominations from the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Harold U. Ribelow Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the French-American Translation Prize, and more.

After delighting writers and readers for thirty years, our mission has not changed: publishing superior literature, beautifully designed, and meant to stand the test of time.


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.

David Reines is an operations 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 in Manhattan’s Washington Heights.

Jillian Damiani began as a summer intern at Turtle Point and is now a publishing assistant, where she fulfills key administrative functions, including managing the press’s online presence, writing  copy, and handling communications. Jillian attended Roger Williams University and received an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she studied with essayists Phillip Lopate, Margo Jefferson, and Lis Harris. She is particularly fascinated by the constant evolution of literary nonfiction. She is passionate about the people she meets on the subway, her ongoing search for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, and anything Maylis de Kerangal, Olivia Laing, or Hanif Abdurraqib write.

Deep gratitude to Jonathan D. Rabinowitz, our founder and guide.

Many thanks for the vital support from the members of our advisory board: Harold Augenbraum, Jean Brody, Michael Carroll, Rafay Khalid, Beatrix Ost, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Eric Rayman, Jeannette Watson Sanger, Grace Schulman, and Ira Silverberg.

Much appreciation to our dedicated team of readers, interns, consultants, and friends.