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!

Nancy Jasper's newest adventure
She continues to share her wonderful poetry every where she goes - this time it's at the Working Waterfront Festival & her poem 'Tudo Isto é Fado' from her book Snout.
Above painting 'Um Fado Lusitano' by Ric Nagualero
September 28th
100,000 Poets for Change
Readings all around the world

OPP poet Kathryn Kulpa will be reading at Gallery X in New Bedford Ma. AND Nahshon Cook will be reading out in Denver at West Side Books – 3424 W 32nd Ave as part of the amazing program.
"September 28, 2014 marks the fourth annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
An event that brings poets, artists and musicians together around the world calling for environmental, social, and political change. "

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!"
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Remember - Submissions Open September 1st but are closed for December!

Oh-So-Nice Comments Category

Lynnie, Seems you've brought together a vibrant community of poets. I bet there isn't a more appealing, expansive Newsletter in the whole damn country
Bill Carpenter, Rhode Island 10/01/2014
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, pictured above, passed away July 28th.  She was much loved.
If you'd like one of our 2.5" magnets with this adorable mini-schnauzer to lovingly look out at you from your fridge door, send us a $15 donation which will cover purchase & mailing costs.


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

Our "Fall into Winter" Issue arrives Oct 1st

For the calendar year (Oct 2013-Oct 1, 2014), the OPP has distributed 15,000 micro-chapbooks
Our next newsletter goes out Dec 1st - Sign up Here

October Poet of the Month:  Paula (PD) Lietz

PD Lietz  lives in rural Manitoba Canada. Her award winning photography, art and writing have appeared in numerous publications such as, Sunrise From Blue Thunder, Naugatuck River Review issues Summer 2011 & Winter 2013, MaINtENaNT: Journal of Contemporary DADA Writing and Art, 4, 5 and 6, Visions, Verses and Voices and on Phantom Billsticker Posters NZ placed throughout the world, to name but a few.

Her wonderful art work graces many an OPP micro-chapbook cover.


 Opening Lines from:
Revisiting Three to One

It was the nails that we were always in want of, did not matter what the length.
The word but mentioned and our senses went on high alert.
The back swing of hefting the hammer set us off balance
before we could place our perception of precision on the head of our intent.

On every board you could nearly bet there would be three bent nails to every straight one.

Thus became the name of our tree house, Three to One.

PD Lietz © 2013
Visit her OPP Artist's page Here

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For October:
Cover from Etsy.com
Cover: Jendrek's drawing of his First Communion
For September:
Cover Art: ‘CATS’ by Kathy Kroener
♦  Beaches by Doug Norris
•  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!

   David Miller's chapbook, The Afterimages, is being published by Červená Barva Press.  His poems have appeared in print in Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street, Stone's Throw, and the 2014 Bagel Bards Anthology, and online in the Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and the Boston and Beyond Poetry Blog. He 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. He studies with Tom Daley, and has been seen in the company of one or more of the Bagel Bards.
    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
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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
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
Goshen, NY box set  up by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, 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 & another of Helen's friends! 
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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