Big plans for small books

We're a small press, but that doesn't make us any less powerful. We publish books, zines, music, and work that makes us stop, look, and listen. This is our first year, and we're just getting started.

  • How We Curate

    We look for work that aims to answer that question: what is all of this goddamned for, anyway? Poetry comes from unexpected places, like gifts from long-gone friends that show up, unannounced, dropped at our feet. That’s what we’re after – the unknown.

  • What We Look For

    As readers, our job is to find the emotional throughline in the work, and follow it from there. The line can be faint, or saturated, or curved, or in the shape of a metaphor. But if it’s there, we’ll know. But please – take us off the beaten path.

  • What We Do

    We publish 3-4 books of poetry per year and offer ancillary products geared toward marketing and sharing the collective vision of the writer’s work. 

  • How We Got Here

    Common Meter Press was founded in 2023 with a passion for music, poetry, and publishing at the intersection of this press.

Our first title

We are more than proud to introduce our debut title.

Get Crackin'


At present, our press is by invitation only. Our first reading period will kick off this September.

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