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Punk Rock Poetry: Publishing for the People with rinky dink press

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Book Arts, Book Design, Poetry, Publishing
Cost: Free

About this Event

What do you call a collection of poems that’s bigger than a credit card and smaller than a postcard? Join rinky dink press for "Punk Rock Poetry: Publishing for the People," a reading and talk about micro-poetry and do-it-yourself publishing, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

In this talk and reading, rinky dink press will share their unique origin story, discuss their DIY aesthetic and values, and present selections from recent publications. Editors will be on hand to answer questions about micro-poems, zines, alternative publishing, or any other thoughts the audience might have. Participants will also get to make a microzine themselves.

Founded by Phoenix Poet Laureate and ASU Professor Rosemarie Dombrowski and a group of students on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus in 2016, rinky dink press is a tiny press based in Phoenix, AZ that's interested in getting poetry back in the hands of the people and breaking the mold of the publishing industry in the process. Instead of publishing full length collections or chapbooks that can cost upwards of $15, rinky dink publishes series of micropoems—between 25 and 40 words—printed on a single sheet of folded paper and costing $1 each. The press is currently run by a collective of local authors and volunteers including Melissa Leto, Shawnte Orion, Tonissa Saul, and intern Katherine Polmanteer.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Literary Fair

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair features two days of talks, readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest, February 22 - 23, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

About the Author

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rinky dink press — a Phoenix-based publisher of micropoetry in microzine form — is on a mission to get poetry back in the hands of the people. Each of our single author collections can fit in your pocket, but we never sacrifice craft, and despite the tiny format, we refuse to sacrifice style. In short, we believe in marrying a DIY attitude with skilled poetics and fine-art aesthetics, creating accessible micro-books for $1 each that are unlike anything on the market.

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