The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the adventure that is the Origami Poems Project

Changing the world, one free poetry book at a time

Free Poetry is our mantra.  Free the poets to share their poetry!

What is an Origami Poems Micro-chapbook?

An Origami Micro-chapbook presents poems arranged on a single sheet of paper that is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book.  Download the PDF books to print, read and share.  Our only advice - Recycle to a Friend!
With over a hundred poets, our 501(c)3 Non-Profit shares micro-chapbooks throughout New England & the world-wide web.  Our 2009 public debut was on Poets.org's "Poem in a Pocket."  Since then we've made friends at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, art galleries and readers everywhere.
We've been called an idea with legs by Tom Chandler in The Providence Journal.
We hope to travel far with them!

Newest News!

Wed Sept 17th 7pm
Poetry Reading with Rick Benjamin, Lisa Starr & Tom Chandler
RI Poets Laureate (Present and Emeritus)
International House of Rhode Island was founded in 1963 by Bili and Gil Mason, as an independent,
non-profit multi-cultural center.
8 Stimson Avenue, Providence, RI
(401) 421-7181
Give Words A Space, an OutLoud event at the Jamestown Arts Center
Thur, Sept 18, doors at 7pm, performance at 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation at the door

The Jamestown Arts Center’s (JAC) OutLoud committee invites you to Give Words a
Space, an evening of poetry readings, music and dramatic monologue.
Performers: Robert Carothers, Craig Watson, Heather Sullivan, David Dragone & Rossibel Kurz
OPP at Nebraska State Fair Thanks to Charlene Neely

Charlene Neely (L above) sent us pics of her OPP display at the Nebraska State Fair.

"I took over 150 OPP books of many authors to the Nebraska State Fair with me last week and gave them away. I would have taken more but did not have time to print any more.
We were at the Nebraska Writers Guild booth which I help with every year. Had a good response to them with many people saying they will check them out on-line."

What an amazing effort, Charlene!  Thanks for sharing the OPP!

See Charlene's page here As she likes to say, "The home of a poet is full of Delight!"

Make a Purchase on Amazon and Donate to the OPP!
Through Amazon's "Smile" Program.
0.05% of your purchase will be set aside for the OPP when you select
the Origami Poems Project as your Charity of Choice.

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Remember - Submissions Open September 1st!

Oh-So-Nice Comments Category

I want to thank you both once again for all of your hard work, dedication and commitment to the Origami Poems cause. It really is a special thing you have going.
Doug Norris, Rhode Island 8/31/2014
Thank you so much again for launching and selecting my collection for the Origami Poems Project! I really appreciate your amazing effort and talent in putting this together and distributing the poems.
Bradley McIlwain, Ontario, Canada, 7/13/2014

Thanks for much for this (micro-chapbook draft). I made a little mock, and I am really pleased with it. Also, I think the cover artwork works exceptionally well.
Arthur Bull, Nova Scotia, Canada, 6/26/2014
Our beloved mascot, Wendy, a ten-year-old mini-schnauzer pictured above, passed away July 28.  She was much loved.


Recording by new OPP poet, Steven Drenning Jr, is now posted on his page.

Our "Summer into Fall" Issue

We here in Opp-Ville thought this photo of Peg Quinn & her young friend, Preston, set the tone for the Magic
in this issue. They're captured perfectly in a moment of shared happiness by Garrett Durand.
Our next newsletter goes out Oct 1st - Sign up Here

September Poet of the Month:  Bill Carpenter

Bill Carpenter has been a long-time supporter of the Ocean State Poets and the Origami Poems Project.  Those who've heard Bill read know him as a poet of understated excellence.  It is easy to hear, feel and align with his words and images.  The poem below opens his latest OPP collection, Kayaking the River Styx
Templates: collected poems is Bill Carpenter's extensive compilation from the past twenty years and presents the best of his craft.  Available from the author at PO Box 795, Chepachet RI 02814 for $15.00 + $3.00 S&H (US) - or e-mail Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (See below for cover image.)

Dall’s Porpoises
A small pod is feeding
along Johnston Strait
diving in circular arcs,
clock and counter clockwise,
their notched dorsal fins meshing
like so many gears
churning the sea.

They won’t stay
to greet the Orcas,
known to torpedo dolphins
for sport, we spotted
a mile up shore.

Two dorsal fins
rip the surface,
each as large
as the keel
of a capsized sloop,
huffing thunderous exhales-

Humpft! Whoosh!
Humpft! Whoosh!

Then silence!
Till their silhouettes
several hundred yards
down Blackfish Sound.
Bill Carpenter © 2014

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For September:
Cover Art: ‘CATS’ by Kathy Kroener
♦  Beaches by Doug Norris
For August:
♦  Yours by Steven Drenning Jr
Cover: ‘The Only Hope’ by Healzo • http://healzo.deviantart.com

Listen to Steven's recording of  'A quick note,'

Cover photo: 'Beatnik girl' by fille de la ville
For July:
Cover Photo: Vintageclothesonline.net
•  Every micro-chapbook can be printed from a downloadable PDF - Just Click on the Title and print! 
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The Origami Poets

Welcome these poets who are are new to the Project!
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Recent Publications by OPP Poets!

    Mary Ann Mayer's long-awaited collection, Salt & Altitudes, is now available through Finishing Line Press.  Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House (Graywolf Press) writes:  “What is harmony”, asks Mary Ann Mayer, “but near collision?” In these finely wrought and emotionally nuanced poems, the desire for the transcendent “altitudes” collides with the experiential knowledge that we face inevitable limits and frailties, the “salt” in our lives. Out of these collisions, there sometimes comes, says Mayer, a greater wholeness, “a spin into alignment.”

     Templates: collected poems is Bill Carpenter's extensive compilation from the past twenty years and presents the best of his craft.  Available from the author at PO Box 795, Chepachet RI 02814 for $15.00 + $3.00 S&H (US) - or e-mail Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"The poems in this collection will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book." - Lynnie Gobeille, Origami Poems Project


   Life not quite Understood by Lynnie Gobeille (Finishing Line Press), "is a phrase which precisely describes us all, even those who claim otherwise. These poems are the flags of little truths we hold but rarely see painted so carefully. This is Lynnie’s special gift: Long may she wave."- Tom Chandler, Poet laureate of Rhode Island Emeritus


    The Poetry Loft anthology, Hope Street - Nine New England Poets on love and loss, from Main Street Rag is available. Edited by Beatrice Lazarus, this collection includes poems by Nancy E. Brown, James Cronin, Michael Crowley, Diane Dolphin, Joan Fishbein, Karen Haskell, Maureen Lapre, Beatrice Lazarus, Sandra Moran.

"In these superbly crafted poems is the weight of modern life’s disappointments and the lasting shine of its possibilities." - Lori Desrosiers, author of The Philosopher’s Daughter

    The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection by Marguerite K. Flanders has been published by EBook Bakery.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your copy (price $14 + postage).   Margie adds, "...maybe I can arrange to "hand deliver" some, since RI is a small state!"

Margie is one of the original members of the Ocean State Poets, and enjoys being a "missionary," spreading poetry wherever she goes.
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We'd love to hear your Voice...
Email us an mp3 recording from your OPP micro-chapbook.
We'll post it to your webpage!  Email us:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Latest readings include those by Steven Drenning, Jr, Bradly McIlwain and Garrett Phelan
With Summer ending, our Display boxes empty fast - Please send your tax deductible check to the Origami Poems Project, PO Box 1623, East Greenwich, RI 02818
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Receive the OPP Newsletter every other month - Be sure to add our email address origamipoems(at)gmail.com to your contacts.
Read our Submission Guidelines (Main Menu - last item, top right)
We don't accept Submissions during APRIL and AUGUST


Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

  A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted)  Origami Display Locations lists them all

OPP Displays are lovinlgy maintained by volunteers...
the generosity of friends and strangers. Why not you?
Special Note
With Summertime all around, the OPP Display Boxes empty fast - so does our supply of Toner and Paper- Please send your tax deductible check to...
The Origami Poems Project
PO Box 1623
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Thank you
Bayside YMCA box thanks to Dr. Kara Provost ♦ The Green Grocer - Carol Anderheggen & John Wood, store owner ♦  Helen Burke & friend, Sally, Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery  
Newest Location: Bayside YMCA, 70 West Street, Barrington RI
The Green Grocer, East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Decatur, IL
Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & at Cafe in York, UK Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport
Cool Beans Cafe, 18 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett Water Street Studio, Fredericksburg, VA
Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road, Exeter Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road
Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver St., North Kingstown
Barrington Library
Select library & hot spots in Lincoln, Nebraska
Books on the Square, Wayland Square
Office of Ms Rita Hurwitz, 269 A S Main St, Prov
• The Attleboro Public Library, MA
Peace Dale Library, South Kingstown
• Books on the Square, Wayland Square
Main Street Coffee, East Greenwich
• Custom House Coffee, Middletown
Telephone pole zip-locks So County (seasonal)
♦ Please suggest a location...
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