Happy Book Birthday to “I Am Not a Poet”

Happy Book Birthday to I Am Not a Poet


Why I Really Want You to Buy This Book.

I Am Not a Poet book cover
Cover art by Chris Haberman.

I am alwasy happy to announce the release of books I worked on, but I’m  ecstatic to announce the release of I Am Not a Poet: 15 Years of Street Roots Poetry & ArtThis is not just another book project to me. This is a passion project. All of the time I spent on this book was volunteer time. I’m not making a penny off of this book, and I don’t want to. Why? Because that’s not the point of this anthology.  The point of this anthology is to give voice to those experiencing homelessness and poverty. All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to Street Roots, Portland’s flagship newspaper addressing homelessness and poverty.

I have been a volunteer copyeditor for Street Roots  for almost two years now. In that time, I’ve been changed (for the better) by my close examination of the articles it publishes. No feature in the paper, however, tugs at my heart strings as much as the poetry does. The poems in the paper are written primarily by  those experiencing homelessness. They offer a humanizing voice to economic and social problems we often forget impact real lives.  I Am Not a Poet is a collection of the best poems from Street Roots’ first fifteen years of publication.

I really want you to buy it.

Scratch that. I really want you to READ it. And so does Street Roots. So much so that we’re making it possible for you to pay nothing for the e-version of the book (though we’re happy to take donations).

Here’s where you can buy the book:

The print version ($16.00) is available through all major online retailers. But we encourage you to support your local independent bookstores by ordering it there. For those living in Portland, Oregon, the book is currently available at Reading Frenzy. Broadway Books, and on Powells.com.

The e-version (pay what you want, even nothing) is available for download at Gumroad.com. You have two options:

  1. I Am Not a Poet Kindle version: https://gumroad.com/l/ianapkindle
  2. I Am Not a Poet EPUB version: https://gumroad.com/l/ianapepub (EPUB is a format for non-Kindle devices and apps, such as iBooks and Nook)

More information about  the book, including ordering links and media info, can be found at iamnotapoet.org.

What are you waiting for? Go get your copy!


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