About Us

What is Common Meter Press?

A: Common Meter Press is an independent publishing house that specializes in poetry, zines, and chapbooks. We also offer music, production services, and printing services. We're a bit of a mixed bag, but we're glad you're here.

What is a zine?

A: A zine is a self-published, non-commercial, small-circulation booklet or magazine. It often contains original or creative content, and is usually produced using a photocopier or other low-cost printing methods.

What is a chapbook?

A chapbook is a small, usually self-published book that typically contains poetry, short stories, or essays. It is often saddle-stitched or hand-bound and has a limited print run.

How do you print your books?

For the most part, we strive to print our projects in-house on our trusty, full-color Canon printer. For special projects, we may use screen printing, riso printing, or other traditional print methods. We do our best to make everything we can ourselves, and partner with cool people when we can't.

About Our Operations

Where are you based out of?

We're based in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot, and we're often bored as a result. That means we need a lot of things to read and listen to. We ran out of things other people were doing that we liked, so we started doing stuff we liked.

Do you have a brick and mortar store?

At this time, no. The rent is too damn high. For now, you can enjoy shopping online from wherever you are. In the future, we may offer in-studio shopping.

Can we get in touch with you about an interview?

We welcome all inquiries and opportunities for interviews, features, and collaborations. You can reach us through our website contact form.

How can we work with you?

You can learn more about what we're looking for + what we offer in our submissions portal.