Released April 12th, 2016

Hats off to the Cap

A collection of Poems by Joe Crowley

Joseph Crowley’s debut collection opens with poems about a childhood in Iowa, which provides the backdrop for enduring life-lessons: the feeling of home, the value of a quick wit, and responses to injustice. The book ends with a meditation on retirement, and what it means to be in the final chapters of one’s life. The journey between the first and last poem encapsulates a lifetime of discovery, humor, and serious reflection. In an airport he meditates on technology and modern connectivity; from the California wine country he plays with the unique language of viniculture; through a suite of blue poems he reimagines the color titles from clothing catalogs, and from the comfort of home he reflects on aging and love. This capacious, wide-ranging book is charged with playfulness, history, deep insight, and a passion for language.


Joseph Crowley was born and raised in Iowa.  He served as faculty member and president at the University of Nevada, Reno (1966-2006), acting president of San Jose State University, and for a two-year term as president of the NCAA. His presidential service covered nearly 25 years.  He has written five books and co-edited a sixth. Hats off to the Cap is his first collection of poetry.

Book Details

Title: Hats off to the Cap: Poems

Author: Joe Crowley

Publication Date: April 2016

Paperback: $14.95

ISBN 978-1-936097-07-4
Dist. by Publishers Group West, 800-788-2123