Holiday Shopping Guide

As we move into the month of December many of you will begin to assemble holiday shopping lists for your friends and family. Here are some suggestions which will allow you to give the gift of poetry and support small presses and independent businesses.

Octopus Books

It should come as no surprise that Octopus Books has fans over here at Coldfront. Check out DJ Dolack’s video interview with Ben Mirov here or my interview with Jenny Zhang here. This year Octopus has two subscription offers. #1 . Both OCTOPUS BOOKS + POOR CLAUDIA. $136 (at least a $220 value): Receive everything Octopus Books and Poor Claudia publishes in 2013 and 2014. Click here for titles.

#2. Only OCTOPUS BOOKS. $88 (at least $130 value): Receive everything Octopus Books publishes in 2013 and 2014. Click here for titles.

Letter Machine Press

3 books for $35 (limited time offer). Titles include Ode: Salute to the New York School by Peter Gizzi, Half of What They Carried Flew Away by Andrea Rexilius and More Radiant Signal by Juilana Leslie. Click here for details.  For $500 you can gift someone (or yourself) a lifetime subscription to Letter Machine Press.

Black Ocean

Black Ocean has a variety of subscription packages including $60 for 2013 which includes the following titles: The Next Monsters by Julie Doxsee, The Devotional Poems by Joe Hall, Swamp Isthmus by Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Handsome #5, Whittling A New Face In The Dark by DJ Dolack (Coldfront Editor!!) and Self Unstable by Elisa Gabbert. Click here for details.

Horse Less Press

For a limited time you can order any two chapbooks for $10. Click here for details.

No Dear Magazine

$16 gets you issues 10 and 11. The journals are hand-made and feature poets from New York City and its boroughs. Click here for details.

Wave Books

Wave Books has subscriptions for both hardcover and soft back. The hardcover subscriptions are discounted until Nov. 30 so you’ll want to act fast. The complete list of titles and subscription prices can be found here.

Argos Books

Argos Books has a 13 month hand-made calendar for $12. Check it out here.

Argos author, Bianca Stone, has artwork for sale here.

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop

If you find yourself in Brooklyn over the weekend swing by Berl’s and purchase one their tote bags then fill it up with books from a variety of small presses. Not sure what to get, ask either Jared White or Farrah Field (Berl’s owners) for suggestions.

Saturday and Sunday@ One Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Mactaggart Jewelry

How about some jewelry made by the poet Paige Taggart. You can also purchase gift cards! Click here for details.


Poet Jennifer L. Knox has a line salt and sugar blends for foodies.  An ideal gift for both poets and non-poets! Details here.


-steven karl