Saturday, May 21, 2011


Free Poetry For, formerly, PO25¢EM is an ongoing series of tiny chapbooks (4.25″ by 5.5″) that are printed in a limited edition of 100 copies.

We started publishing these chapbooks in 2004, and they can be found up and down the east coast of the USA, primarily, but have been spotted as far away as Helsinki, London and Amsterdam.

Each chapbook features between 8 and 16 pages of poetry by one author.

When the chapbooks are printed, they are disseminated throughout public space (cafes, airports, buses and bus shelters, trains, waiting rooms, etc. etc. etc.)

The purpose of the series is to heighten the awareness of poetry by putting it (poetry) in odd and unusual places and spaces, where poetry isn’t traditionally understood to belong.

By reclaiming poetry as a non-permanent, non-referential, non-propriety action (rather than an object to be relegated to the classrooms and academia), we give back poetry to the people, regardless of class, race, gender.

If you would like to be part of this ongoing series, please send 8-16 pages of poems (and by pages we mean size 4.25″ by 5.5″) to Please use this format for the subject line: Submission/(name)/(title)/freepoetryfor.