How it works: Exactly the same as our regular book club, but a little cheaper because most of the books are expected to be paperbacks (though some will probably be hardcover, too). So it’s $25 a month plus shipping (click to subscribe). You can sign up for both the poetry book club and the regular book club for $48 a month by clicking here.
Every month we’ll choose a forthcoming poetry book, not yet available to the public. At the end of the month, we’ll host an exclusive online discussion with the book club and the author. We’ll publish an edited version of the discussion on The Rumpus the following month—to see what that looks like, go here. We’ve featured poets like Tracy K. Smith, Brenda Hillman, Jericho Brown, Rigoberto González, Juliana Spahr, and Solmaz Sharif. Upcoming poets include Kaveh Akbar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and more!
Please subscribe by the 20th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 20.
You can write a review of the book and we’ll run the best written review(s) on the website. You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book; you can just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished poetry book every month.
We’re going to try to only read good books. Of course, all creative writing is subjective. But if we choose a poetry book it’s because we believe it’s really good. We’ll often have to choose between several really good poetry books, but there’s no way around that.
Hope you can join us in this. Programs like our Book Club put you in direct communication with the literary community and keep The Rumpus running in one fell swoop!
Q: Who do I contact for customer service? A: [email protected]
Q: Can I sign up for both the Poetry Book Club and The Rumpus Book Club and get a discount? A: Yes. You can subscribe to both for $48 a month.
Q: Is there a cut-off date to receive the upcoming book and to participate in the upcoming month’s discussion? A: Yes. Please subscribe by the 20th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 20.
Q: Are there refunds? A: No. But it’s easy to cancel your subscription, and we’ll tell you what books we will be choosing as far in advance as possible.
Q: How do I find out about times for the Book Club chat with the author and stuff like that? A: We send announcements through our Book Club Announcement Google group (different from the discussion group) and Poetry Book Club Google group. If you joined that book club but didn’t get an invitation to the announcement group please send an email to [email protected]. It’s not mandatory to join the announcement group or the discussion group.