The Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

What?

A crazy project in which your poetry e-books will be freely available to all interested humans on Earth for a 24 hour period.

Throughout November we will collect e-books from poets and writers interested in participating.

Then on December 1st, for a 24 hour period, a special website will go live with links to all of the e-books. For 24 hours anyone will be free to download, for free, as many of these e-books as they like…a poetry e-book free-for-all.

How?

To participate, read all of the guidelines below and then click on our Online Submission form. That’s it. It’s simple. By doing so, your e-book will be included.

The E-Book has to be written by you.

E-books should be in PDF Format for universal compatibility with anyone’s computer.

If you have an e-book in Microsoft Word or another format, please convert it to PDF. One way to do this (if you don’t know how) is to visit the website http://www.freepdfconvert.com/ . From there you will be allowed to select the file on your computer which will uploaded and e-mailed back to you in PDF format.

When creating your e-book file, please keep it smaller than 1 megabyte.

Once you’ve created your e-book (not before), click on our Online Submission Form to join in!

Do not fill out the form and then e-mail us your e-book later. Please fill out the form and use it to upload your e-book to us.

We are not accepting e-books or submissions by e-mail. The only way to join in is by clicking on the Online Submission Form below.

On December 1 at Midnight (the evening of November 30), we will distribute a special e-mail letting people know the location of the web page with links to all of the e-book files. People will be free to download any or all of the titles and your poetry will be freely, electronically, travelling all over the world. This web page will go off line 24 hours later at Midnight on December 2nd.

We will also list your e-book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see.

When it’s over, we’ll produce a list of how many copies of each book were downloaded for no reason other than you may find it interesting.

To submit your book, please go to our
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this?

To expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

Why isn’t this a one-one exchange like the Great Poetry Exchange?

The immediate accessibility of the internet, and zero costs for producing e-books makes this a much more attractive opportunity for an immediate larger audience for your books. We don’t want to limit your potential readers to other producers of e-books, nor to one other person.

Why does the e-book have to be written by me?

Unlike the Great Poetry Exchange, were one can participate by pledging to send a book by someone else or an anthology they’ve edited, since e-books are not purchased physical entities, and because they will be available in unlimited quantities during the 24 hour period on December 1st, only you have the rights to your poetry. You can’t authorize the free distribution of someone else’s poetry, the rights of which you don’t own, to the world.

This sounds cool but I don’t have an e-book.

That’s not really a question, but anyway, why not make one? Do some basic design and layout of your poems in your favorite word processing program. Make a title page. Design a nice cover. Use any pictures you want. Turn it into an PDF. You’ve got an e-book. There’s no time like the present. Maybe you’ll take it to print later?

I participated last year and I want to submit the same book, can you just use the file and info you have already?

This creates more work for us and is a little more difficult for us to manage. It would really help out if you could click on the Online Submission Form so we can have everything in the same place, we’d appreciate it.

I’m concerned about my book being free for everyone on the planet.

Also not a question but we understand. Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe you sell e-books on your website and don’t want to give unlimited copies of one away over a 24 hour period. Hey, it’s cool.

Are these really frequently asked questions?

Actually no, all these were written before we received any questions, imagining what some of the questions might be.

E-Books In So Far:

All This Remains to be Discovered by Sandra de Helen
This is a book is a memoir of sorts, with poems about my childhood, my mother, becoming a mother myself, and coming out as a lesbian. Some of the poems have been published in journals such as Mom Egg, Lavender Review, and more.
www.SandradeHelen.com/wp

The Apnea Poems by Bill Yarrow
99 poems written under the influence of severe sleep apnea. Introductory essay on sleep apnea and writing.
billyarrow.wordpress.com

April Foolery by Maggie Westland
Poems written in response to prompts submitted to the Poetry Super Highway, during Poetry Month, April 2013 – an eclectic mix of topics and styles.

Bees Against the War by Eric Allen Yankee
22 poems of resistance and revolution. Part of the LocoFo Chapbook series published by William Allegrezza/Moria Books.
www.facebook.com/ericallenyankeepoet

Childhood in the Third Reich by Kaye Abikhaled
Childhood in the Third Reich relates impressions of a six year old living in Germany during World War II. The author’s translation of the book into German follows its English manuscript.

Clockwise the sleeping octopus by Scott Ferry
Ten poems about children’s books which don’t exist. Thirty-six poems, one for each month, one for each street I have lived. Ten instructional poems, ten poems about famous scientists and mystics involved in the mundane.

Club Des Poètes by Kaye Abikhaled
“This poetry volume by Kaye Abikhaled will delight the reader who is familiar with Paris as well as the traveler who explores this famous city for the first time and finds many of the sights lovingly described by the poet….” Lisa Kahn

Contagion by Roger Straight
This is a journal recording the first few months of an unexpected literary journey. You are invited to accompany me on this early portion of my rhyming voyage documenting the various attempts and efforts to get a handle on and some control over what was happening.

The Cowboy Odds & Ends by Grant Guy
The Cowboy Odds & Ends is a collection of short poems on the Canadian and American Old West. The collection looks at the Old West under a serious microscope and with a tongue in cheek. If John Ford could like, Guy believes he can lie equally.

Crevices by Bernadette Perez
There is a calming effect after the rain that is disturbing.
~ Bernadette Perez

Darwin’s Dilemma by I.B. Rad
Love through the ages covered in myriad manifestations, lascivious and otherwise, and poetical styles. But what is Darwin’s dilemma? Read to find out?

Day Moon by Russell Brickey
What the inside of my mind looks like.

Fauna On Sepia Film by Maggie Westland
Always there, in plain sight, or hidden from view – animals are our fellow travelers. This collection of 20 poems celebrates and acknowledges some wild things with whom we share this Earth.

Fringe Fantastic by Chas Stramash
Humorous, satirical, and irreverent, this 91-page chapbook was written on the ancient cobbled streets of Edinburgh during the month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival celebrations held annually in August.
chasstramash.wordpress.com

I’m Glad I’m Here by Richard Westland
These poems tell the story of how an indentured London trade slave drove his 350 Velocette into the greatest American road trip ever. I’m Glad I’m Here is a new perspective on immigration and assimilation.

Kindred Places by Richard Westland
Richard Westland, born in London England, was only 7 when WWII began. He survived the blitz, and immigrated to the US in the fifties. He has been writing poetry as memoir since his retirement.

Listening to Electronic Cambodia, Looking up at Trees of Heaven by Marianne Szlyk
Enjoy my collection of poems inspired by nature, music, the past, and more!
thesongis.blogspot.com

Living Leith by Chas Stramash
A collection of true-life observational, satirical and humorous poems about the people and the place that is Leith, Edinburgh in Scotland.
chasstramash.wordpress.com

A Local Habitation by Stuart Nunn
Responses to Shakespeare’s plays written in the 400th anniversary of his death, relating them to current worries and issues.

Lyrics of Lebanon by Kaye Abikhaled
Lyrics of Lebanon tries to convey in poetry thoughts and feelings of a Phoenician people who for centuries have called Lebanon their home.

Making Good God eBook 2017 by Lou PhinneyStoltz
Original Poetry and Digital Paintings by the artist MrLou
mrlousart.com

New Skin by Maggie Westland
Nineteen poems written awhile ago – but which continue to be relevant – greed, corruption, hatred and misunderstanding have not yet been replaced with kindness, empathy and tolerance.

Notes and Letters (sampler) by Bill Cushing
Some of my original work used in performances with Chuck Corbisiero, an area musician who also happens to have been a neighbor when we grew up in New York City. The link provided is to our youtube page where some of these pieces have been recorded with video slideshows.
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcBq6xyF20DFZNuqaM_1x6Q

Origins by Rosalind Lee
This book explores the attraction of the Triolet among other forms.
www.anglohenge.co.uk

Out to Lunch (*more Washington, DC poems) by LB Sedlacek
Visit Capitol Hill in these new poems about a recent trip to Washington, DC by train. All the Hill regular haunts are included: Shakespeare Library, Pete’s Diner, Library of Congress, Union Station, the Nationals Baseball stadium, etc.
www.lbsedlacek.com

Poems from a Coffee Shop Window by Chas Stramash
A collection of poems inspired by coffee. Written in the poet’s favourite coffee shop, this chapbook contains poems about the observations inside and from the window of a coffee shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.
chasstramash.wordpress.com

Poolside Poetry by Chas Stramash
Poolside Poetry contains a variety of observational and humour-laden poems that attempt to peel away the different layers of Cyprus’s personality and bring it to life. This chapbook describes the daily torment and struggle of what it is to be Scottish, pale, and living under a 100 degree sun.
chasstramash.wordpress.com

Poolside Poetry 2 by Chas Stramash
This chapbook was written on location on the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Majorca and Rhodes. It is the second in a short series of chapbooks looking at the fascinating, disturbing, unbelievable and often scarily funny things that human beings get up to while on holiday.
chasstramash.wordpress.com

Repulsion Thrust by Magdalena Ball
Repulsion Thrust tackles big subjects: quantum physics, astronomy, time travel, ecological destruction, and technological singularity, viewed through the lens of the human condition.
www.magdalenaball.com

Revisiting Love Poems by Stephen Mead
I began doing spoken word as an experiment prompted by Frank Moore asking me to send some work to his radio show, LUVER. Eventually I added music, sound effects and humming as background to create thematic CDs in 2006 and 2009 respectively. The enclosed is that work collected in print.
www.amazon.com/Love-Lullabies-Stephen-Mead/dp/B002EIWALS

Say This In A Whisper by Dah Helmer
These 24 poems are of love and longing, love and loss: Combining grit and passion, beauty and darkness, this poetry invokes true feelings of what it means to be alive. The poems are written in plain and simple language, rather than making readers guess their meanings.
dahlusion.wordpress.com

Scorched Earth Music by John Sweet
Yet another title in a seemingly endless stream of manuscripts that are accepted by publishers, only to a) be mysteriously lost to the sands of time before actually being published or b) fall by the wayside when the publisher-in-question goes out of business.
www.lulu.com/spotlight/bleedinghorse99

Selected Poems by Dave Lewis
A short e-book of poetry from Welsh writer Dave Lewis.
www.david-lewis.co.uk

Selected Poems by Jon Corelis by Jon Corelis
Selected Poems by Jon Corelis written over six decades. 91 pages.
sites.google.com/site/jcorelis/

Sing to Me of My Rights: Poems of Oppression and Resistance by Henry Howard
A collection of human rights poetry, reflecting the experiences and values that have influenced me as a peace and justice activist since childhood.

The Sky Needs More Work by Corey Mesler
With poems like “Strictly Blowjob,”  acclaimed writer Corey Mesler has made a book that adjoins sex, love and social connection in their many manifestations, from meditations on The Beatles, death, pharmacology, and infidelity, to “the holycow feeling/of just being human and/satisfied like a goddamn poem.”
coreymesler.wordpress. com

Sorceress by Maggie Westland
Mothers and daughters across three generations – the magic of poetry expressing our relationships – helps us transition – along each unique pathway.

The Space Between by Marianne Szlyk
Enjoy this newer collection of nature poetry!
thesongis.blogspot.com

Vend by James Bell
A course of radiotherapy for cancer lasts six weeks and is usually delivered five days a week. This is a selection of the poems I wrote each day in a waiting room while my wife undertook treatment for breast cancer.

We All Saw it Coming by Bill Yarrow
Fifteen politically-themed poems.Part of the Locofo Chaps series published by William Allegrezza, Moria Books, 2017.
billyarrow.wordpress.com

Why Is Pineapple? by Rick Lupert
New and selected poems from late 2016 through 2017 from Rick Lupert including poems from the forthcoming collection of poems  “Beautiful Mistakes” written in Seattle, Portland, and Twin Peaks.
poetrysuperhighway.com