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 which is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book. They are yours to print, read, and share. Our only advice - Recycle to a Friend!
With over a hundred participating poets, our 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization shares micro-chapbooks throughout New England & the world-wide web. Our 2009 public debut was on Poets.org in their "Poem in a Pocket." Since then we've made friends at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, art centers - 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!
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
• Friday August 15, 2014 ⇒ 7:00 - 9:00 pm •
A Waning Gibbous Moon
Perfect Celestial Time to Hear our Extraordinary Guest Poet:
Martin Willitts, Jr.
and Rhode Island's own (via the Mid-west)
Symposium Books - East Greenwich, RI
(see also Events at Right)
The Evening of Poetry at Books on the Square with
Lisa Starr & Tom Chandler
Poets Laureate of Rhode Island Emeritus
(with special Guest: Ray Davey - “The Poet Laureate of Providence”)
If you missed this event, hear them
Monday, August 18th - 6:30 PM at the Narragansett Library
Otherwise known as the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
Welcome Our Latest Addition to Random Acts of Poetry
EGIL Variations on a Saga by Nancy Jasper
"These poems are based on stories from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic saga from the thirteenth century... This Origami micro-chapbook will be distributed in Iceland in the summer of 2014 by Professor Christina von Nolcken of the University of Chicago. She is leading an alumni tour of Iceland that will visit sites associated with Egil." - Nancy Jasper
PUBLICATIONS by OPP Poets!
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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.
I was so happy to receive your letter and samples in the mail! As suggested, I have attached an audio sample of my reading Three Mile Lake I recorded outdoors for a more natural feel (with slight rustling of leaves and maybe even a wind chime!) to include on my Bio page. Hope you enjoy it!
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
Andy N’s ‘Mystery Story’ flares up with some intense lines of pure poetry. It is sprinkled with wonderful lines that simply wriggle straight off the page and into the darker parts of your soul, where they nibble away the blackness to let the light return. A brave and maturing voice from an up and coming writer, a definite one to watch.
Scott Devon, author of The Book of Doubt, England, June 2014♦
Stay Tuned For the Next Update...
Our "Slide into Summer" Issue
Cover: 'O Mountain Men' by Tom Chandler
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July Poet of the Month: Garrett Phelan
This month we present Teaching Artist (poetry and writing), Garrett Phelan. Presently with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he is editor of Along The Path, the newsletter of The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax, VA. Visit his page to enjoy his debut micro-chapbook, “Unfixed Marks” and hear his reading of If Only You Knew and Night Walk.
When we walk to the sea
the crescent moon glistens on wet rocks.
I scan dark matter for my soul.
I scrutinize your face, look
for the cosmos or seek the milky way
in your warm hand.
In the gap in the middle of your thought,
the brute stars laugh,
I climb the embankment
by the stone wall beside the road.
I feel your breath trailing me
as if your vapour tracks me
to our house near the sea.
Garrett Phelan © 2014
Listen to his recording of this poem:
Cover photo: 'Beatnik girl' by fille de la ville
For July:Cover Photo: Vintageclothesonline.net
Cover: Digital Art by Susan Lucas
Cover Art: York Street mural by Craig Anthony Miller “CAM”
• 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!
We'd love to hear your Voice...
Email us an mp3 recording from your OPP micro-chapbook.
Latest readings include those by Bradly McIlwain and Garrett Phelan
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 OPP, PO Box 1623, East Greenwich, RI 02818 - T.Y.OPP Monthly Newsletter
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?
YMCA, Barrington & The Green Grocer, Portsmouth, RI
Thank you to Dr. Kara Provost for offering to place & refill a box at the Bayside YMCA, Barrington. As she emailed, "I'm happy to report the OPP display at the Y in Barrington has been very popular. In fact, I need a refill already--I have refilled it twice already & am down to my last dozen or so books (also refilled the Barrington library once a couple weeks ago & will stop by to check that one this week)."
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 ♦
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We know you'll enjoy these Origami Micro-chapbooks
As of March 1, 2014