Norman Macleod

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Tom Trusky

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When Ahsahta Press began to publish poetry in 1975, the first poet selected by press founder and editor Tom Trusky was native westerner Norman MacLeod. MacLeod, born in 1906, had been published in some of the leading periodicals of his day and also produced several novels. After fifty years of writing, teaching, and publishing, his poetry had become largely unknown to contemporary readers. The editors of Ahsahta Press sought out a representative body of MacLeod’s work and presented Selected Poems as the inaugural publication of the then-burgeoning press. More than a quarter-century later, contemporary readers still have the opportunity to read and appreciate Norman MacLeod for his writing, his contributions to the literature of the western United States, and for his place in Ahsahta Press history.