Warbler Press is a New York-based independent publisher. We collaborate with authors to publish new books for a general audience based on ideas that matter.

Warbler Classics, an imprint of Warbler Press, publishes handsomely designed masterpieces with important, entertaining, relevant new material for 21st-century readers.


Mary Bahr launched Warbler Press in 2019 based on a commitment to treat each book as a co-venture with authors.

Mary is a veteran publishing professional with experience at major New York houses. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in English literature and completed all course work for a master’s degree in Creative Writing at the New School in New York City. She held Publicity Directorships at the University of California Press and a Simon & Schuster imprint. In that capacity she designed and executed publicity campaigns for best-selling titles, nonfiction narratives, and memoirs.

She also worked at Random House where, as Associated Publisher and later Senior Editor, she published and edited books across a broad range of genres including memoir, fiction, art, science, and health. The authors with whom she has worked include E. L. Doctorow, Nell Newman, Doon Arbus, Julia Reed, Wolfgang Puck, and Jason Epstein.

From 2005 to 2017 she was the chief operating officer of Flying Elephants Productions, which produced Gregory Colbert’s global photography and film exhibition Ashes and Snow. She simultaneously established and operated Flying Elephants Press, the publication division of the project.


Ulrich Baer is University Professor at New York University where he teaches literature and photography, and directs the Center for the Humanities. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Getty, Daad and Humboldt fellowships in recognition of his work.

Uli has published numerous books on poetry, photography, and cultural politics. They include: Remnants of Song; Spectral Evidence; The Rilke Alphabet; 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11 (editor); The Claims of Literature (co-editor); The Dark Interval: Rilke’s Letters on Loss, Grief and Transformation (translator and editor); Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (translator and editor). On his podcast, Think About It, he hosts conversations with leading thinkers and artists on big ideas and transformative books. On The Proust Questionnaire co-hosted with Caroline Weber, he has interviewed Anna Deavere Smith, Rosanne Cash, Sophia Chang, Pamela Sneed, and others.

As Editorial Director at Warbler Press, he has written new contributions for more than a dozen classics and edited a series of original books on things that matter: Nietzsche, Rilke, Dickinson, Wilde, and Shakespeare on Love.