Indolent Books is an indie press founded in 2015 and operating in Brooklyn, N.Y. We publish print books and 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.

Beginning January 20, 2021, Indolent Books Online began publishing a poem-a-day to celebrate the inauguration of a new presidential administration that promised to restore respect for democracy and the rule of law after four years of an administration with highly autocratic tendencies.

We sought poems about what we were seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling, hoping, and fearing at the dawn of this historic new presidency. We wanted to use poetry to engage in a rich and layered conversation about the ongoing polarization of this nation and the opportunities for bringing the nation and its people together, for moving forward, for making a difference. 

Under the weight of various personal and professional burdens, we posted our last daily poem on February 10, 2021, and then went on a lengthy hiatus. 

Now we are back. We are no longer adhering to the poem-a-day format. We are going to post what we can, when we can, as much as we can. 

HERE'S WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

We value poems that use all the resources of poetry, especially in ways that are innovative, provocative, and risky. We urge you NOT to think of this as a place for "political" poems in the usual sense. We want lyric personal poetry that resonates with the energy of social, cultural, and civic engagement—whatever that means to you: race, class, sex, gender, human rights, civil rights, voting rights, freedom, oppression, health, wellness, the environment, diversity, inclusion, identity...and so much more. 

IMPORTANT: Poems submitted for this series must be previously unpublished.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 and year of publication)
  • A few other personal or professional details of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: We usually post a poem as soon as we accept it, even before you get notified of the acceptance. 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 decide to submit work.

A NOTE ABOUT DONATIONS: At the end of the submission form, we provide an option to donate from $3.00 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