Bill Henderson (publisher)

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Bill Henderson
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BornApril 5, 1941
Philadelphia, PA
SubjectMemoirs, Publishing, Editing
SpouseGenie Chipps Henderon
ChildrenLily Frances Henderson

Bill Henderson (born April 5, 1941) is an American author, editor and publisher best known for his memoirs and the Pushcart Prize series.


Bill Henderson is founder and editor of Pushcart Press, publisher of the annual Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. His anthology, featuring fiction, poetry and essays, has earned national recognition and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.[1] Pushcart Press was awarded the 1979 Carey Thomas Prize for Publisher of the Year by Publishers Weekly.[2]

He has also edited and published many other books, including The Publish-It-Yourself Handbook (1973),[3] The Art of Literary Publishing (1980),[4] and Rotten Reviews (1986)[5] a look at negative reviews of now-classic literature, and Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club (1995)[6]


Henderson received the 2005 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle[7] and the 2006 Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble’s “Writers for Writers.”[8]


Henderson is the author of the novel The Kid That Could (1970); and the memoirs His Son (1980); Her Father (1995); Tower (2000);[9] Simple Gifts (2006); and All My Dogs: A Life (2011).[10] His most recent memoir, Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing[11] was published in 2014. Two New York Times articles detail Tower and Cathedral.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Henderson lives on the East End of Long Island and in Maine with his wife, Genie Chipps Henderson. His daughter, Lily Frances Henderson, is a filmmaker and director based in Brooklyn, New York.[14][15] He owns and runs "The World's Smallest Bookstore",[16] located in Sedgwick, Maine.[17]


  1. ^ "Bill Henderson Marks 40 Years of the Pushcart Prize". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  2. ^ "Where Words Survive and Thrive | Montauk Sun". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ "Summary/Reviews: The publish-it-yourself handbook :". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ Henderson, Bill (January 1, 1980). The Art of literary publishing: editors on their craft. Pushcart. ISBN 9780916366056.
  5. ^ Ceplair, Larry (December 27, 1987). "The Bracing Brine of Plain Dislike : ROTTEN REVIEWS A Literary Companion Bill Henderson, editor (Pushcart: $12.50; 93 pp., illustrated) : ROTTEN REVIEWS II A Literary Companion Bill Henderson, editor (Pushcart: $12.95; 93 pp., illustrated)". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club: Second Thoughts on the Electronic Revolution by Lead Pencil Club". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  7. ^ "National Book Critics Circle: sandrof". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  8. ^ "Writers for Writers Award, Editor's Award | Poets and Writers". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  9. ^ Henderson, Bill. "Tower: Faith, Vertigo and Amateur Construction - Bill Henderson". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  10. ^ Henderson, Bill. "All My Dogs: A Life - Bill Henderson". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  11. ^ Henderson, Bill. "Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing - Bill Henderson". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  12. ^ Henderson, Bill (June 8, 2000). "LIVING IN A NUTSHELL; A Tower Rises Above Trouble". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  13. ^ Kurutz, Steven (October 13, 2014). "Bill Henderson of Pushcart Press Builds a Personal Cathedral". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  14. ^ "Portfolio". Lily Frances Henderson. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  15. ^ Kurutz, Steven (October 13, 2014). "Bill Henderson of Pushcart Press Builds a Personal Cathedral". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  16. ^ Wilson, Kristian (August 26, 2016). "Here's A Look At The World's Smallest Bookstore, And 5 Tiny Books It Should Definitely Sell". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  17. ^ ""World's Smallest Bookstore" | Penobscot Bay Press". The Weekly Packet. Retrieved 2016-04-27.