Hilton Obenzinger: Bibliography



Treyf Pesach [Un-kosher Passover]. San Francisco: Ithuriel’s Spear, 2017

How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience. By Hilton Obenzinger. The How I Write Project at Stanford, CreateSpace, 2015.

Beginning: The Immigration Poems, 1924-1926 of Nachman Obzinger. Translated by Benjamin Weiner. Edited by Hilton Obenzinger. San Francisco: Omerta Publications, 2014.

Busy Dying. Tucson: Chax, 2008.

a*hole: a novel. New York: Soft Skull Press, 2004.

Running through Fire: How I Survived the Holocaust by Zosia Goldberg, as told to Hilton Obenzinger. San Francisco: Mercury House, 2004.

American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1993.

New York on Fire. Seattle: Real Comet Press, 1989.

This Passover Or The Next I Will Never Be In Jerusalem. San Francisco: Momo’s Press, 1980.

Five on the Western Edge. With Steve Brooks, Steven Vincent, Beau Beausoleil, and Larry Felson. San Francisco: Momo’s Press, 1977.

Bright Lights!  Big City! New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1974.

The Day of the Exquisite Poet Is Kaput. San Francisco: FITS, 1973.

Beyond Up and Down. With Leslie Gottesman and Alan Senauke. San Francisco: 7 Freds Press, 1972

Thunder Road. New York: Siamese Banana Press, 1970.

A Cinch: Amazing Works from the Columbia Review.  Edited with Leslie Gottesman and Alan Senauke.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1969.



“Grandma Wants a Mimosa: How Writers Get Ideas.” Catamaran Literary Reader vol.1, no. 4 (Fall 2013)

“Occupy.” The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. New York: Occupy Wall Street, 2012.

“Occupation.” Love Rise Up: An Anthology: Poems of Social Justice, Protest and Hope. Hopkins, MN: Benu Press, 2011.

“Excerpt from How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience.” XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics 23, 2011.

“Dogs Playing Poker.” Eleven Eleven. September, 2010.

“From A*hole. The & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing. Edited by Robert Archambeau, Davis Schneiderman and Steve Tomasula. Lake Forest Il: Lake Forest Press, 2009.

“At the Primate Bar.” Zyzzyva. 21.3 (Winter 2005).

From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003.

Poetry: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Edited by Laurie Kircher and Stephen Mandell. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1993.

Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing.  Edited by Laurie Kircher and Stephen Mandell.  New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1993.

The Before Columbus Foundation Poetry Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards, 1980-1990. Edited by J.J. Phillips, Ishmael Reed, Gundars Strads, and Shawn Wong. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.

War After War. Edited by Nancy Peters. San Francisco: City Lights Press, 1991.

Out of This World: An Anthology of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991. Edited by Anne Waldman. New York: Crown, 1991.

The Poetry Reading: A Contemporary Compendium on Language & Performance.  Edited by Stephen Vincent and Ellen Zweig. San Francisco: Momo’s Press, 1981.

Omens from a Flight of Birds: The First 101 Days of Jimmy Carter: A Collective Journal by Writers & Artists. Edited by Stephen Vincent. San Francisco: Momo’s Press, 1977.

None of the Above: New Poets of the USA. Edited by Michael Lally.  Trumansburg, New York: The Crossing Press, 1976.



“Review of Innocence and War: Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited by Ian Strathcarron.” Mark Twain Forum, 2013.

“Melville, Holy Lands, and Settler-Colonial Studies.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies vol. 13, no.3 (October 2011).

 “Herman Melville Returns to Jerusalem.” Jerusalem Quarterly 43 (Autumn 2010).

“Melville and the Mediterranean.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies vol. 12, no. 1 (March 2010).

“Americans in the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine.” In Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing, ed. Alfred Bendixen and Judith Hamera. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Naturalizing Cultural Pluralism, Americanizing Zionism: The Settler Colonial Basis to Early-Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought.” South Atlantic Quarterly. 107.4 (2008).

 “Palestine Solidarity, Political Discourse, and the Peace Movement, 1982-1988.” CR: The New Centennial Review 8.2 (2008).

“American Palestine: Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and the Holy Land in the Nineteenth-Century American Imagination.” In The United States and the Middle East, ed. Abbas Amanat and Magnus Bernhardsson. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2007.

 “Review of Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania by Scott Trafton.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37.4 (2007).

“‘Wicked Books’: Melville and Religion.” In Blackwell Companion to Herman Melville, ed. Wyn Kelley. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

“Melting-Pots and Promised Lands: Zionism, the Idea of America, and Israel Zangwill.” In America in the Middle East: The Middle East in America, ed. Patrick McGreevy. Beirut: American University of Beirut, 2006.

“On Being a Traitor.” Journal of Advanced Composition 25.2 (2005).

“Better Dreams: The Philippine-American War and Twain’s ‘Exploding’ Novel.” Arizona Quarterly 61.1 (Spring 2005).

“Going to Tom’s Hell in Huckleberry Finn.” In Blackwell Companion to Mark Twain, ed. Peter Messent and Louis J. Budd. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

“Review of Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen” by John Bryant. Leviathan 7.1 (March 2005}.

“Review of Imagining the Holy Land: Maps, Models, and Fantasy Travels by Burke O. Long.” Journal of American History 90.4 (March, 2004).

“Holy Land Narrative and American Covenant: Levi Parsons, Pliny Fisk and the Palestine Mission.” Religion and Literature 35.2-3 (Summer-Autumn 2003).

“Review of Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 2, 1851-1891.” Leviathan 5.1 (March 2003).

“Holy Land Travel and the American Covenant: 19th Century Palestine in the Settler-Colonial Imagination.” Jerusalem Quarterly 17 (January 2003).

“American Palestine: Mark Twain and the Touristic Commodification of the Holy Land.”  In The United States & the Middle East: Cultural Encounters.  Ed. by Abbas Amanat and Magnus R. Bernhardsson. New Haven: The Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 2002.

“Diving After Moby-Dick.” SeaLetter (Winter 2001).

“Herman Melville in San Francisco.” SeaLetter (Winter 2001).

“Not . . . Yet At Times Some Or All”.  Review of Paul Metcalf, Collected Works, Volume Two, 1976-1986.” XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics 3 (1998).

“Writing (In) History.” XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics 2 (1998).

“Review of America and the Holy Land by Moshe Davis.”  Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 30 (1996).

“In the Shadow of ‘God’s Sun-Dial’: The Construction of American Christian Zionism and the Blackstone Memorial.”  Stanford Humanities Review 5, no. 1 (1995).

“‘God Power’: Review of God’s Peoples: Covenant and Land in South Africa, Israel and Ulster by Donald Akenson and The Revenge of God: The Resurgence of Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the Modern World by Gilles Kepel.” Middle East Report 25, no. 3 & 4 (1995).

“The W(h)ale in Moby Dick.” Interpretations 3 (Spring 1991).

“Speaking Freely: Palestine and Israel.” City Lights Review 4 (1990).

“Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words.” Translation of poem by Mahmoud Darwish.  Left Curve 13 (1988-89).

Review of The Music of Human Flesh: Poems of the Palestinian Struggle, by Mahmoud Darwish, selected and translated by Denys Johnson-Davies, Wild Thorns, by Sahar Khalife, translated by Trevor LeGassick and Elizabeth Fernea, and The Secret Life of Saeed, The Ill-fated Pessoptimist: A Palestinian Who Became A Citizen of Israel, by Emile Habibi, translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Trevor LeGassick.  The review also incorporates an interview with Emile Habibi. Red Bass 12 (1987).

“Meaningful Work: Seven Writers on Writing,” Colloquium with Philip Levine, Marnie Mueller, Stefani Marlis, Kevin Killian, Laura Beausoleil, Juan Felipe Herrera.  Five Fingers Review 4 (1986).

“Jabotinsky’s Legacy Continues.” Review of The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir by Lenni Brenner. Journal of Palestine Studies 14. 1 (Autumn 1984).

“Collusion with Dictators.” Review of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators: A Reappraisal by Lenni Brenner. Journal of Palestine Studies 12. 4 (Summer 1983).

“Fakhani, 1981.” MERIP Middle East Reports (September/October) 1982.

“The Heart of the Matter.” Review of The Question of Palestine by
Edward Said. Journal of Palestine Studies 9.3 (Spring 1980).

Review of Howbah Indians, A Good Journey and Going For The Rain by Simon Ortiz. San Francisco Review of Books 3.19 (March 1978).