Category Archives: writing

Get ’em Before They’re Gone!

PunksWritePoemsPress books going out of print on February 1, 2017.

 Two Cups of Tomatoes     

Dinner Table Refuge                      World Class Drag

2016 Best Book Award Finalist
All My Rowdy Friends                               Kanoli Kaleidoscope

The Unauthorized                                         
                                            How To Tend Your Garden

Get yourself some poetry before it’s gone…FOREVER!!!

Other titles that will remain available…for now.

Don’t Open Till Doomsday


This Is Not a Movement

RoguePoetry Review 2015


The Littlest Spoon

The Death of PunksWritePoemsPress

As our second year as a publisher comes to a close, and after much internal debating, I have decided to close down PunksWritePoemsPress. The experience of working on our books and getting to know the authors in the process has been a positive and rewarding one for me, but the time, energy, and money required to properly continue is too great for me to handle.

Book listings on Amazon will remain through January 2017. Our online bookstore is already closed.

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

Be well and have a successful 2017!

Audio Chapbooks and Mini-eChaps

Do to an overwhelming lack of interest, we are no longer pursuing these ideas. You need not read any further.


We really like to throw spaghetti against the wall here at PunksWritePoemsPress head quarters…so help us make these two noodles stick!

Secretly listen to poetry on the bus!
Secretly listen to poetry on the bus!

Noodle one: the Audio Chapbook…it’s exactly what you’d think. A short collection of poems read by the poet; from their lips to your ears!

Poetry at your fingertips
Poetry at your fingertips


Noodle two: the Mini-eChap…think 15 to 20 poems from one poet that you can read on any of your devices. Delivered to your email on a subscription basis! For less than the money you forgot you had in your paypal account…

If you are interested in submitting your poetry to either of this projects, please see our submission guidelines.

If you are interested in purchasing Audio Chapbooks and/or a Mini-eChap subscription, please check back for updates as the information becomes available.

Free Ad Space in Scindie Magazine

We are finishing up the inaugural issue of Scindie  Magazine and would like to extend an invitation to other indie organizations and creatives to advertise for free within its digital pages. We have eight spaces available (approx. 4″ x 5″). We are open to independent authors, musicians, artists, film makers, publishing companies, record labels, podcasts, lit mags. You can promote your brand, or specific products/titles/services, or a call for submissions, or anything related to your art or company.

If you are interested, please contact us at and use “Scindie Ad” as the subject. Please do not send us an ad yet. Instead, let us know a little about what you would like to advertise and related links, and we will check it out and get back to you. Feel free to ask any questions.

The Death of Poem In Your Pocket

To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, this is the way Poem In Your Pocket ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

Due to circumstances outside of our control, the Poem In Your Pocket mini-magazine scheduled for publication this April has been canceled.

We would like to thank, and apologize to, the poets who donated work to the project.

You say “Exposure” like it’s a Dirty Word

To make a living as a writer is near impossible and it’s not because publishers are tyrants bent on stealing your words for filthy lucre. It’s simply economics. And to stand firm on the “pay the damned writer” side of the current “should writers get paid?” argument shows a general lack of common sense. I understand where this has come from, so before you bring up Harlan Ellison and Wil Wheaton, let’s establish that we all agree that a company that is turning over consistent profit on the strength of the creative content they publish should pay the people who have created that content.

Every writer needs to draw a line for themselves.

Every publisher needs to do the same.  

As a writer, if I want to get paid for every piece of my creative output that gets published, then I need to seek out the publishers and lit journals that pay their contributors in cold, hard cash. These markets will have higher circulations and lower acceptance rates, and my writing, as well as my projected public self, will need to be professional-level all the time. In the process, I will eschew the vast majority of online journals and many of the well-established university-affiliated journals. If, however, I understand that exposure won’t pay the rent but that’s okay, then I have a much broader marketplace to work within. Sometimes I will get paid. Sometimes I won’t. I maintain control of what markets I want to support. I can submit to a free online journal just as easily as I can throw a middle finger at Ploughshares. Point being: not all paying markets are advantageous and not all non-paying markets are scrubs. In any event, the decision is wholly the writer’s. I have to decide what is best for me and my goals as a writer, and choose where I submit accordingly.

As a publisher, I have to decide if I can pay for the content that I’m asking for and adjust my publications accordingly. This is something that I have recently struggled with, but to maintain the integrity of the company, decisions had to be made. In the case of RoguePoetry Review, the decision has been made to switch it from a print only book to a free online magazine. The driving reason behind the decision? We could not afford to pay for the content, so we should not be selling the content. So that is our line. We pay our writers for single author collections. We are paying the writers and cover artist in Don’t Open Till Doomsday.

Let’s see if we can straighten this all out now. A writer who gets paid is not necessarily a better writer than one who doesn’t. A market that pays is not necessarily a better market than one that doesn’t. It’s all about where you–be you writer or publisher–draw your lines and what your goals are. So can we stop with the condescension? Can we try supporting our literary communities instead?

Praise for All My Rowdy Friends

Coming soon!

“  . . . none of us/are immune to the light . . . . ” and indeed, none of us are.  In Scott Whitaker’s latest collection, All My Rowdy Friends, an imaginative and often rococo reimagining of the Tiresias legend resituated in the twenty-first century, the reader is challenged not just by the overturning of whatever conventional point of view they may personally hold, but by the shattering of poetic conventions as well.  Whitaker breaks the poetic fourth wall, that single-step remove from the text that situates the reader in a secure place as an (often passive) observer, and insists that the reader participate in that reimagining.  Make no mistake, this is a collection that engages and sometimes repels at the same time, a series of works which will have you pouring over the poet’s copious footnotes like a freshman in search of a citation to crib for an overdue paper.  Brilliant, as the brightest light is brilliant, this is a light to which no one will be immune.  
                   – Jamie Brown, Author of Sakura, 2013 Best Book of Verse,                                                                                         Delaware Press Association

“All My Rowdy Friends is sex appeal met with man’s uncertainty; dark with an edgy bite to it. Love painted stark, pain written thick; a beautiful photograph. There’s a grit to the sex that makes it squirm. Poetry that includes visits to childhood, to mind-altering states and beyond, and a cast of characters that will slice your fingers if you press the page too hard.”

                                 –Jax Miller, best selling author of Freedom’s Child.

Cover Art Needed!

This a call!

This is a call for cover art!

This is a call for cover art for a science fiction short story anthology!

This is…that’s enough of that! If you would like to see your art on the cover of our upcoming anthology Don’t Open Till Doomsday and make $15, then you should definitely drop us an email with a hi-res picture or scan. Seriously, you should.

The particulars:
1. You may submit up to 3 images.
2. Email to: and use “Submission: Cover Art” as the subject.
3. Do not incorporate the title in the art work unless it is worked naturally into the piece (e.g. on a sign).
4. Please note that by submitting you are stating that you own the art in its entirety and that you have the right to sell it.
5. Compensation will be one copy of the book and $15 (US), to be paid upon publication.
6. Deadline: March 21st, 2016 @ midnight (Eastern US)