Indolent Books is a small independent press founded in 2015 and  operating in Brooklyn, N.Y. We publish print books and sometimes run online poetry features on the Indolent Books website or on project-based websites such as the HIV Here & Now project. Our poetic values include diversity, inclusion, innovation, provocation, and risk.

From November 7 until January 20, the Indolent Books website will publish a poem-a-day in celebration of the unprecedented presidential transition we embark up today. We want poems about what we are seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling, hoping and fearing in the aftermath of this historic election. Let's use poetry to engage in a rich and layered conversation about the ongoing polarization of this nation and the opportunities bringing the nation and its people together, for moving forward, for making a difference. 

NOTE: This series succeeds What Rough Beast. We will no longer be posting new poems under the What Rough Beast rubric. 

We value poems that use all the resources of poetry, especially in ways that are innovative, provocative, and risky.

IMPORTANT: Poems submitted for this series must be previously unpublished.

SUBMIT up to 3 poems or 3 pages of poetry in a Word file. NOT PDF. Word.

INCLUDE a brief bio that includes in the following order:

  • Any books published (including publisher and year of publication);
  • any journals in which poems have appeared;
  • any anthologies in which poems have appeared (including publisher, year of publication, and names of editors);
  • a few other personal or professional details of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a poem-a-day series, and as we work our way through the Submittable queue, we pick a poem and post it immediately without notifying the author beforehand. You'll get your acceptance email via Submittable within a few minutes of the poem being posted, but generally not in advance of the poem being posted. Please be sure you are comfortable with that modus operandi when you decided to submit work.

A NOTE ABOUT DONATIONS: At the end of the submission form, we provide an option to donate from $2.00 to $100.00 to Indolent Books, a nonprofit poetry press. Submissions are treated the same whether accompanied by a donation or not. We urge you to donate as generously as you can. Plain and simple, your donations make it possible for the press to continue its work. The more revenue we have, the more poems and books we can publish. If we don't have revenue, we cannot publish poems or books. It's as simple as that.

We look forward to receiving and reading your work.

We are posting a poem a day for Nov. 1, 2020 to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2020

Submissions by poets living with HIV are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED but poets do not have to be HIV-positive to submit. Any beautiful poem will be considered but we will give preference to poems that relate to HIV and AIDS in some way: HIV testing, HIV treatment, HIV prevention, HIV shame, HIV stigma, living with HIV, living in fear of HIV, being on ART, being on PrEP, using condoms, not using condoms, being the HIV-negative partner of an HIV-positive person, etc. 

STRONGLY INTERESTED in poems by younger poets, BIPOC poets, QTPOC poets, LGBTQ poets, women, neurodivergent poets, and other non-straight, non-white, non-male poets. As well as anybody who has been affected by HIV in any way. 

STRONGLY INTERESTED in poems about HIV and AIDS as a social justice issues: the racialization of HIV, the criminalization of HIV, transphobia and HIV, HIV shaming, HIV stigma, etc. 

All that being said, we prefer poems of music and imagination over poems of strict biography and narrative. Check out the poems from any of our previous online series to get a sense of what we are looking for. 

IMPORTANT: Poems submitted for this series must be previously unpublished.

SUBMIT up to 3 poems or 3 pages of poetry in a Word file. NOT PDF. Word.

INCLUDE a brief bio that includes in the following order:

  • Any books published (including publisher and year of publication);
  • any journals in which poems have appeared;
  • any anthologies in which poems have appeared (including publisher, year of publication, and names of editors);
  • a few other personal or professional details of your choice.

A NOTE ABOUT DONATIONS: At the end of the submission form, we provide an option to donate from $2.00 to $100.00 to Indolent Books, a nonprofit poetry press. Submissions are treated the same whether accompanied by a donation or not. We urge you to donate as generously as you can. Plain and simple, your donations make it possible for the press to continue its work. The more revenue we have, the more poems and books we can publish. If we don't have revenue, we cannot publish poems or books. It's as simple as that.

We look forward to receiving and reading your work.

Indolent Books