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The Groundwater Press is an independent literary press, founded in New York City, by the poets Rosanne Wasserman and Eugene Richie. It promotes and disseminates literature and art, through publications, readings, and other cultural events and activities, under the auspices of the federally approved, tax-exempt, non-profit organization Groundwater Press Associates. The philosophy of the press and the association is to publish the work of the talented emerging writers and to give them an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider public audience. In 1980, using a concept that has now become an integral strategy of the New York publishing world, Groundwater published Writers Introduce Writers, a book of short stories introduced by teacher-mentors, such as Manuel Puig, Judith Guest, and John Barth. In 1989, the Groundwater/Intuflo chapbook and reading series (under the direction of the poets Susan Baran and Marc Cohen) matched the work of emerging poets with living New York City artists. Groundwater's first bilingual publication, Every Question But One, appeared in 1990, with poems by the Parisian poet and fiction-writer Pierre Martory and translations by John Ashbery. In 1994, Groundwater published its first full-length collection of poetry, Common Preludes, by Edward Barrett. Since then, Groundwater publications have included work by some of the best new American writers as well as the work of internationally known authors such as the Colombian-born poet and fiction-writer Jaime Manrique and the talented Japanese poet and translator Tomoyuki Iino.