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Happy Holiday Bundles

admin—November 22, 2017

Octopus Books is offering a special bundle of books and records now through Dec. 13, with a delivery date before Dec. 20. Pad some of your holiday gifts with the books you’ve already read, and keep the ones you haven’t for yourself. These 18 books, including our newest titles from Simone John, Amy Lawless and Read More »

New Release: Testify

Hajara Quinn—August 30, 2017

Testify is out now and available for purchase!  Here’s a round-up of some recent press it’s been getting: Read a review of Testify on the PBS Newshour and this write-up on the Boston Globe and check out this interview with Simone John on Bustle You can buy a copy directly from Octopus Books or Small Read More »


admin—March 14, 2017

Fonograf Editions is offering autographed copies of both Aloha / irish trees by Eileen Myles and Conflation by Rae Armantrout as a package deal for $26.95. There are only 25 signed copies of each LP. I predict these’ll be the gems of yr poetry record collection.  

Boris by the Sea Week: March 13-17.

admin—March 10, 2017

As part of an ongoing celebration of the 10+ year history of the making of Matvei Yankelevich’s Boris by the Sea, Matvei will again takeover our twitter account for the week starting this coming Monday (3/13). An encore takeover! Matvei has uncovered even more documents and ephemera to tweet on display. If you purchase Boris Read More »

Our Picks from our Open Reading Period: Things That Go + Huge Cloudy

admin—January 3, 2017

This year, forgive us, we took our sweet time picking out the best books of poems to publish for our readers. We landed on two manuscripts that we have loved for years– both have previously been finalists in our past open reading periods: Octopus Books is proud to announce the future publications of two poetry books: Things Read More »

Announcing Conflation by Rae Armantrout as the second LP on Fonograf Records

admin—November 14, 2016

Our second poetry LP, Rae Armantrout’s Conflation, will be officially released on December 6. If you buy Conflation directly from Fonograf during the week of December 5-9, you will get the following from Octopus Books: Conflation by Rae Armantrout One free title from Octopus Books (just name the book you want). A broadside of the Read More »


admin—October 16, 2016

  This week Octopus Books is going to get weirde. Welcome to Weirde Sister week! We’re celebrating the release of our latest title, James Gendron’s second book of poems, Weirde Sister. If you buy Weirde Sister directly from our website this week, it will be signed by the author himself, and all purchases will include Read More »

Weirde Sister Release Party! at Xhurch on 10/15

admin—September 25, 2016

  WEIRDE SISTER RELEASE PARTY! James Gendron’s sophomore collection with Octopus Books, WEIRDE SISTER, will be officially released this year on Halloween. But the best, most fun, most magical way to get the book is before then, at the official WEIRDE SISTER release party on Saturday, 10/15 at Xhurch. Join us to celebrate Jack’s second book with tarot Read More »

Octopus Books 10th Birthday Bash

admin—April 14, 2016

Octopus Books is turning 10! And all it wants for its 10th birthday is to become a non-profit press in order to continue publishing 3-4 books of poems each year. So, the party will serve as a fundraiser to help launch us into non-profitness. We’ll have signed books from our catalog for sale, special prizes, Read More »

Octopus Books turns 10! Birthday Party Fundraiser

admin—April 14, 2016

Octopus Books is turning 10! And all it wants for its 10th birthday is to become a non-profit press in order to continue publishing 3-4 books of poems each year. So, the party will serve as a fundraiser to help launch us into non-profitness. We’ll have signed books from our catalog for sale, special prizes, Read More »


admin—March 21, 2016

In celebration of our newest title, The Deathbed Editions by Dan Hoy, this week is Pre-Order Your Deathbed Week.   Check out what you get, depending on which day this week you order The Deathbed Editions: MONDAY, 3/21: Pre-Order a copy of The Deathbed Editions, and get a free copy of Simone John’s Collateral. TUESDAY, Read More »

Collateral Reading + Salon

admin—February 11, 2016

East coast Octopus readers– “To celebrate the release of the chapbook, Simone John and Intelligent Mischief are collaborating on a night of poetry, performances, and conversations centering on police brutality and other issues affecting women of color. (Keep an eye on this invite for a list of performers!) The event will be hosted by none other Read More »


admin—February 8, 2016

We are very excited to announce the release of Collateral, the first chapbook by Simone John. Collateral centers on the police stop of Sandra Bland that led to her death while in police custody on July 13, 2015. With documentary poetic techniques that reframe the transcript of Bland’s stop alongside poems of personal experience, John critiques the speech Read More »

Serenade and Testify: Our Two Picks from April’s Open Reading Period.

admin—October 13, 2015

After 6 long months of arm wrestling, we’ve picked out two books of poems to publish in 2017 from this year’s open reading period. Serenade by Brooke Ellsworth + Testify by Simone John. We picked them out just for you, for all of us. BROOKE ELLSWORTH is the author of the chapbooks Thrown (The New Megaphone, 2014) and Mud (dancing Read More »

DeWeese DeWeek is here! Aug. 17-21

admin—August 16, 2015

Pre-Order The Father of the Arrow is the Thought by Christopher DeWeese here. Next week’s release of Chistopher DeWeese’s second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, is making us crazy down here at Octopus Books. We’re offering insane daily deals if you pre-order the book this week. Like: MONDAY: Money Back Monday! Every purchase Read More »

Via Dissimulata NYC Book Release

Hajara Quinn—June 9, 2015

Darling good and bad apples of NYC, today is the day of Via Dissimulata’s book release. Tonight we celebrate with a reading and performance by Marisol Limon Martinez. This book is a discovery and a breaking, a woven and a wrought and a ringing thing. Where: Pete’s Candy Store 709 Lorimer St. Brooklyn NY 11211. Read More »

April Open Reading Period

Alisa Heinzman—March 31, 2015

April is so near! Send us your full-length poetry manuscripts any day between April Fools’ Day and the 30th. We want to read your poems. We’re waiting. We can hardly wait. Read the submissions guidelines here and submit through Submittable.


Alisa Heinzman—February 12, 2015

The Bad Blood Reading Series is back in action. We are pleased to have three poets this Friday the 13th, each celebrating the launch of their books with publisher YesYes Bøøks: Meghan Privitello, Emily O’Neill and Danez Smith. BBXXV will be held in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Expect some nice beverages from Gigantic Read More »


Hajara Quinn—November 11, 2014

As a small independent press, the best way for anyone to financially support Octopus Books, is to purchase our books. Because we are trying to grow our press, by publishing 5 or more poetry titles per year, we could really use your help now more than ever. We are now offering both 1 year and Read More »

2014 Reading Period Selections

Alisa Heinzman—September 5, 2014

Octopus Books has finished reading all of our manuscript submissions from April, and after duking it all out, we’ve decided to publish Dan Hoy’s The Deathbed Editions in the summer of 2015. We chose Dan Hoy’s work from these finalists, every one of which we’d be more than proud to be the publisher of: 2014 April Reading Period Finalists:  Read More »

Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here is here, everyone!

Alisa Heinzman—August 23, 2014

Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here is now available for purchase. Last week, Cecily was the Brooklyn Poets Poet of the Week. Read an interview with her there. Read some poems from Everyone Here here and here and here.

Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears is Available for Purchase

Alisa Heinzman—July 8, 2014

We are thrilled to announce Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears is now available for purchase. Written over the past 35 years, Picasso’s Tears is an epic account of Wong May’s incisive, empathic, and visionary engagement with our strange and violent world. Politically inflamed and intensely personal, this fourth book of poems by Wong May marks the Read More »

NY Times Profiles Octopus Books

Hajara Quinn—June 16, 2014

Today we join the ranks of some of our very favorite small presses in an interview series edited by Dana Jennings on the New York Times Blog. The short answer to questions “Why Poetry?” and “What Are You Looking For in a Poetry Manuscript?” are: “we like to be disarmed” and “we’re looking for a Read More »

Bad Blood XXIV is Tomorrow

Alisa Heinzman—May 29, 2014

Bad Blood XXIV is tomorrow with Dear Jenny We Are All Find author Jenny Zhang, Aaron Kunin, Andrew Maxwell, and Octopus Books’ own Hajara Quinn! Get to PDX. Starts at 7:30. Read more about the line up  here.

Open reading period, poetry translations

Alisa Heinzman—May 6, 2014

Hey there, happy May. During the month of April, we hold an open reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. This year, for the first time, we’re having a May reading period for translated manuscripts. Send us your translations. Start translating a book for next year. Work with a friend. It’s a beautiful and terribly difficult Read More »

Wong May in The Believer

Alisa Heinzman—May 1, 2014

A new issue of The Believer is out and features an interview of Wong May by Zachary Schomburg. Her book, Picasso’s Tears, is now available for pre-order. The book itself, all 325 pages, will be published in June, but maybe you’d like to add her to your dance card now. It’s not too soon. To Read More »

New movies

Alisa Heinzman—April 25, 2014

Sure we like books, but movies are pretty good too. In honor of her new book, Bianca Stone made Someone Else’s Wedding Vows: The Movie. It’s a creation story with wine. And Ben Mirov has a new movie too, produced by Slow Clap. It’s called High-Fives, and is based on a poem with the same name from his book, Read More »

Sorrow Arrow official release party

Alisa Heinzman—April 24, 2014

Octopus Books is officially releasing its newest title, Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey, with a reading at the IPRC tomorrow night. Rodney Koeneke will also be officially launching his own new title, Etruria, which was recently published by Wave Books. Get to Portland, go to the IPRC, bring crisp bills for good books.

Cosmo says to read our books

Alisa Heinzman—April 16, 2014

In their list of 12 Poetry Collections Every Woman Should Read, Cosmopolitan recommends Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Heather Christle’s The Trees The Trees.  We recommend them too. Boys and girls, let’s do what Cosmo says.