The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project

Changing the world, one free poetry micro-chapbook 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 on the world-wide web and locations here and there.  Our 2009 debut was on Poets.org's "Poem in a Pocket" and 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!

Wednesday, November 19th
International House with poets from the Origami Poems Project
8 Stimson Avenue, Providence
Wednesday, November 19, 7-8:30pm
 International House Program committee member Mary Mueller has created a bimonthly poetry reading series with global themes on the Third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00pm
International House, 8 Stimson Avenue, Providence
The Origami Poems Project Poets readers:
Bill Sullivan, Julia Meylor Simpson, John Kotula, Lauri Burke & Mary Mueller
Free admission, Free parking, Light refreshments
Bristol Art Museum Reading
Sunday afternoon, November 16th
with poets
Tom Chandler - RI State Poet Laureate emeritus
Pushcart Nominee, Bill Carpenter,
Alexandra van de Kamp & Lynnie Gobeille
was a great success.
As Lynnie relayed, "This afternoon was a wonderful event - 35+ folks -  great poetry - a lot of folk  asking about  the OPP (had OPP display up, etc.)  Two poets asked how to submit (I guided them to the webpage).
Kara Provost was there, god bless her- cheering us on."
(Above photo shared by Janet Egan - thanks so much for the view of Bill Carpenter and his Hat reading at Bristol)

Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦

Dreaming, Mostly, of Nameless Things  -  K. Srilata
I am being testedStar Ferrin
Primavera  -  Ira Schaeffer
Past Tense Bill Carpenter
Bereft MJ Iuppa
Love Is Breathing  –  Martin Willitts, Jr.

We wish to thank these poets for sharing their work with the OPP in 2014.
Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF.
Visit Pick a Poet to read more about each poet
Effective December 1st, Lynnie Gobeille resigns as President of the OPP.  She has been an invaluable "kickstarter" and fearless leader of the OPP as well as co-founder & editor...and personal friend. 
Below is a message from Lynnie:
"As of December 1st 2014 I will be officially retiring as Editor & Event Coordinator of the Origami Poems Project. The OPP will move onward -  flow - morph - change- grow - "become" under the direction and guidance of Jan and Kevin Keough.  I am very proud of all we have accomplished in the last 5 years.

With over 50 + boxes & countless Be Hip Re Zip locations in RI,OPP box locations world wide, over 60 successfully executed events - over 150 poets- and lord only knows how many actual OPP micro-chapbooks we created not to mention the addition of The Artist Page, the Random Acts of Poetry, OPP Newsletter and OPP Facebook pages?

 I'd say we did a good job - sharing Free Poetry.

It was/is an ongoing process - one filled with love, hard work, and lots of help from so many wonderful folks. Our sponsor/ thank you list on the OPP website does not even begin to list you all.   As we here in OPP-Ville  like to remind everyone (and ourselves) the project is fueled by the enthusiasm of poets & people like you.  It has truly been a pleasure to work with all of you.
Onward! - Lynnie Gobeille
PS :  please remember to Click Print Fold & Share -   Thank you.
Click here to read her poem, 'Bearing Witness'
Thank you, Lynnie, for your passion for poetry and for all you have done for the OPP!
The Origami Poems Project will continue to publish original works of poetry.  Yes, the micro-chapbooks will  shared with all.  It has been a joy & will continue to be so... Yes, onward!
Jan Keough, Editor & Co-founder
And we received this email honoring Lynnie's OPP work:

Lynnie,  I was just checking out the Origami website, as I do often, and I saw your news. 

I have never wanted to take Origami for granted.  I have always been amazed at the hard work, the precision and vision, that have been necessary to help this enterprise to thrive.  I thought Bill Carpenter got it right in his oh so nice comment about how you have helped a vibrant community to come together. 

I want to thank you for your warmth and humor and encouragement.  That has been so precious. I imagine that so many people are thinking this right now, each in their own way. 

Nancy Jasper, RI 11/2/2014

Latest addition to Random Acts of Poetry

Frankie King Gartner is Director at a New England Preschool.  We asked her about the ‘Preschool Quote of the Day’ she’d share from time to time on Facebook, "I have to write down the conversations as I'm hearing them. It was actually part of my teaching training- called running records, where you write down everything the kids say and do in real time. Amazing the results! Author Vivian Gussin Paley was a pro at this."
(This micro-chapbook is the 7th in the OPP's Random Acts series)

Oh-So-Nice Comments Category


Got the chapbooks! They are wonderful, Can't wait to hand a bunch out at my next reading (btw you blew my mind with the folding technique you used)
Tom Pescatore, Virginia 11/18/2014
Wonderful to hear from you, and I would be delighted to read the poems in your stead.  If you will email poems, I will give them a practice run-through before the event.
L. Burke, RI, 11/10/2014
I am honoured and delighted that you have chosen to nominate "Dreaming, Mostly of Nameless things" for the Pushcart.  Just wanted to say from the bottom of my heart: thank you!  I wasn't expecting this in the least.
K. Srilata, India, 11/9/2014
Thanks for the new PDF (books).  Soup Dreams has some captivating ones. 
Mary Ann Mayer, NH, 11/6/2014
You do amazing work...  We have a lot of poetry going on here, my favorites are Poetry at the Moon on Monday nights at the Crescent Moon (a nifty little coffee shop in the Haymarket District) and Tuesdays with Writers on the first Tuesday of the month at The Mill in College View. 
Charlene Neely, Nebraska, 11/3/2014
Hey! Yeah this (micro-chapbook) looks great! I'm glad you enjoyed the poems and I'm super honored to be involved.
New OPP poet, Tom Pescatore, Virginia 11/2/2014


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November Poet of the Month:  Bill Kirton

Bill Kirton - "I was born in Plymouth, England a long time ago but I’ve lived most of my life in Scotland. I’ve written stage and radio plays, songs and sketches for revues, flash fiction, short stories, novels, stories for children and books aimed at helping students to write effective academic essays and dissertations and get the most out of university and work. I’ve been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter, visiting professor and artist at the University of Rhode Island and spent a few years as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews. I love writing and exploring many forms and genres."
 From Bill's OPP book "Fibonnacci Variations"
New Leaf

When the sap
Stirred me into life,
Pushed my tender tip from the bark,
I stretched into infinity and reached for the sun.
Greening and plumping, I danced
With the breeze on the branch.
Then, everything was possible.
Life flowed from the earth
Into me,
My veins,

Bill Kirton © 2013
Visit his website, Bill Kirton, Writer

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For November:
♦  A Hundred Million Memories by Tom Pescatore
Cover:  Author hanging out in the Rockies
Cover from www.bbc.co.uk
♦  Extras by Winston Plowes
Cover Art: “H” Gregg
For October:
Cover from Etsy.com
Cover: Jendrek's drawing of his First Communion
•    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 poets new to the Project
Tom Pescatore
"His work has been published in literary magazines both nationally and internationally but he'd be just as happy having them carved on the Walt Whitman Bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row."
Winston Plowes
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Recent Publications by OPP Poets!

   David Miller's chapbook, The Afterimages, is being published by Červená Barva PressHis poems have appeared in print (Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street), online (Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review), and has three "micro-chapbooks" available from the Origami Poems Project website. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, and is a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass.
   Helen Burke's latest chapbook, Here's Looking at You Kid, is subtitled Poems by Request.  Her new collection brings together poems from a vast selection both tested on and requested by her audience during her many tours.  Order on Amazon (buy using the AmazonSmile 'donate to OPP'). Valley Press UK publisher.  An excerpt:
            "Is the sun allowed here?" I once asked me dad,
             and even though he knew it wasn't
             he pulled his collar high and
             looked all around -
             then put it in his pocket just for me."
    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


  Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, edited by Beatrice Lazarus, is now published by The Poetry Loft. 

Winning poems of the Loft Prize contest judged by Denise Duhamel, as well as powerful and moving  poems by many prominent NE poets, such as Annie Finch and Raphael Campo. Several RI poets and OPP members were also selected as Finalists, including Kara Provost, Kim Baker and others.

    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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The Poet’s Corner
  Special to the OPP by Lawrence J. Krips
What brings people to the page to write is a question, I suspect, uniquely answered. I plan to ask it at a forthcoming workshop, but inquire of myself first. I have a few responses to share.
So I can better understand and realize how I feel. By externalizing, seeing the ball of wax, I can more fully comprehend and exploit my message to me.

In the zone, I feel fine.
Someone else may get to experience it. I may be able to read it to them, give it my interpretation. I may even hear someone else interpreting my work, and I get a new perception of the “I” in the poem. The heart to paper to heart transmission, whether spoken or written or both is an astounding intimacy (ergo Heartsongs).
The Butterfly Effect (an aspect of chaos theory) gives credence to the world–wide dispersal of energy (and effect) in the flapping of a single butterfly’s flight. I fully buy into this notion of all things being intermingled with all creation in a vast matrix of energy. So my little poem is sending off the vibe of that piece to the world.
Talk about being full.
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Latest readings include those by Steven Drenning, Jr, Bradly McIlwain and Garrett Phelan
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Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted)

Origami Display Locations lists all 

OPP Displays are maintained by volunteers...
Why not you?
Wendles' Cafe & Deli maintained by Mary Ann Mayer ♦ Goshen, NY box set  up by Ariana D. Den Bleyker ♦ The Green Grocer - Carol Anderheggen & John Wood, store owner ♦  Helen Burke & friend, Sally, Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & another of Helen's friends! 
Newest Location: Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal)
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
Telephone pole zip-locks So County (seasonal)
♦ Please suggest a location...
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