Collusion Books is a micro-press publishing print + digital chapbooks of collaborative poetry. Collusion celebrates collectivism in poetry; encourages hybridity between poetry and other arts; & particularly welcomes the conceptual, the formal, and the speculative.
Collusion Books is headed by long con magazine co-founder Andy Verboom. All revenue from Collusion goes toward paying long con contributors and helping to keep the magazine free for readers.
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2x4^1 is the first in a series of digital chapbooks featuring pamphlet-length two-person collaborations. It presents new poetry and visual art by
Bill Arnott + Mala Rai
Gary Barwin + Michael Orr
Patrick Butler + E Martin Nolan
Mehraz Karami + Khashayar Mohammadi
HOW TO ACCESS
2x4^1 is accessible on a pay-what-you-want basis. Please consider supporting long con magazine or Collusion Books.
After the amazing success of our first round of charitable anthologies — Is It Less Lonely Like This (Collusion Books) and March 2020 (845 Press) — we are teaming up with 845 Press again:
Collusion Books call: Collaborative poetry related to the anthology's theme: “future(s).” Please submit only one collaborative piece per pair/group of collaborators.
845 Press call: Poetry related to the anthology’s title: This Too Will Pass: June 2020. (We are looking for positive elements in this round of poetry.) Please submit only one poem each.
HOW TO SUBMIT (until June 30)
Both chapbook anthologies are hosted on The Temz Review’s submissions manager. Please ensure you submit to the correct folder.
HOW TO ACCESS
Access both anthologies (or reserve access before they're published) by redeeming your receipt for an eligible charitable donation or an eligible small press / indie bookstore purchase. Email the receipt to or with the subject line "Pandemic Chapbooks Initiative." Receipts should be dated June 1, 2020, or later. No donation or purchase is too small.
Our charitable focus for this pair of anthologies attends to the pandemic-related rise of domestic violence and other forms of insecurity for women and LGBTQ2SIA+ folx as well as recent culminations in the centuries-long organized campaign of capitalist state violence against BIPOC folx.
Eligible donation receipts demonstrate support for women’s shelters, domestic violence shelters, anti-domestic-violence initiatives, and organizations supporting LGBTQ2SIA+ folx or for Black Lives Matter organizations, bail funds, and other organizations supporting BIPOC folx and protesters.
Eligible purchase receipts are those from small presses / indie bookstores for books by authors of marginalized sexes, genders, or orientations (including women) or for books by BIPOC authors.
If making a donation or purchase isn't possible, you can instead email us the name of an eligible charitable organization you would like to support: we’ll send you both chapbooks and make a modest donation on your behalf. No questions asked.
Is It Less Lonely Like This is 8 poems written collaboratively by 20 poets under conditions of isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It features audio & video performance as well as new paintings from the series (the gangbang) by Angie Quick. The anthology is now free to access: simply click "READ NOW."
A companion anthology published by 845 Press, March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology, collects more than forty individually written poems about life during the pandemic. To access March 2020, visit 845 Press.
As of May 1, 2020, readers of these two anthologies had given nearly $5000 in support of more than thirty organizations and businesses, including independent bookstores, small presses, artist-support funds, food banks, and crisis funds for disadvantaged and marginalized communities.