Preston Hood
Hallelujah of Listening by Maine poet Preston Hood

Preston Hood

Preston H. Hood, III grew up in Swansea Massachusetts and lived most of his life in Maine. He served in Vietnam with SEAL Team 2 (1970). He has a Bachelor of Art, English, Magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts Boston, a Bachelor of Science, University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Education, University of Maine Orono.

Preston published a poetry CD, Snake Medicine (2002). After attending the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences for nine years, he coedited with Jacqueline Loring and Gary Rafferty the Summer Home Review I (2002) and II (2005). Through the Cape Cod Writer’s Center, he was interviewed with John McHugh, Secretary of the Henrich Böll Association, County Mayo, Ireland for Books of the World Television Program (2006).

With Jacqueline M. Loring, he co-presented an overview of the Sixties Beat Poetry for The Wrinkle in Time: San Francisco Summer of Love (1967) Conference at Osher Life Long Learning Institute at University of Southern Maine. At the same Conference, he participated in a panel discussion of both Civil Rights issues, and reasons Why We Were in Vietnam (2009).

In 2005, he was awarded a residency at The Heinrich Böll Association on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland to finish his first book poetry, A Chill I Understand, published by Summer Home Press (2006). It was a Finalist for the 2007 Maine Literary Awards for Poetry. ńĆervená Barva Press published his Chapbook, The Hallelujah of Listening (2011), which won the 2012 Maine Literary Awards for Poetry.

Preston’s poetry has been published in The Café Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Rattle et al. In 2013, he has been published in Skylight 47, a new poetry magazine in Ireland, Take Heart anthology of Maine poetry, selected by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, an essay at, and a short Nonfiction piece forthcoming in Prairie Schooner.

Preston is a retired carpenter and stonemason, teacher and administrator currently writing his memoir. He spends his other time walking, bicycling, kayaking, and hiking with his spouse, Barbara J. Noone. He lives in Lyman, Maine.