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.
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.