by Jamie Townsend When I lived in New York between the summer of 2012 and the winter of 2015 I worked as a bookseller at the Tenement Museum, an immigration history destination spot, situated in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Every day I was tasked to recommend books to the streams of tourists cycling […]

Open House 2.2 is here. Work by Jean Day, Liz Kinnamon, Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman, Lindsey Boldt, Judah Raanan Rubin, Diana Hamilton, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Christopher Nelms, and Madison Davis. Download the full PDF issue here

by Madison Davis This is where we learn—in the beautiful science that is Brittany Billmeyer-Finn’s The Meshes. We learn about the painstaking task of investigating another artist’s work. We learn about dwelling in complexity. We learn about obsession and translation. We learn about viewership and authorship. We learn new ways to imagine collaboration. Billmeyer-Finn’s debut […]

Open House 2.1 is here. Guest-edited by Ivy Johnson. Featuring Emily Skillings, Grace Mitchell, Jacob Kahn, Emji Spero, Anne Lesley Selcer, Oki Sogumi, Wendy Trevino, Olive Blackburn, Lauren Levin, and Jamie Townsend Download the full PDF issue here

This interview concerns Rob Halpern’s book Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and was conducted over phone and via email throughout the winter of 2015/2016. In it, Halpern discusses poetry, war, biopolitics, utopian longing, and the ethics of appropriation—all of which are concerns central to Common Place and to Halpern’s general writing practice. Cosmo Spinosa: Thanks so much for […]

We are happy to announce that our very first guest editor will be poet Ivy Johnson! Ivy will be editing Issue 2.1, which will be available as a free PDF in February of 2016. Please email all your submission and queries to Ivy Johnson was born on the open prairie where she picked crocuses […]

by Cosmo Spinosa The state of poetry today necessitates that most poets must engage in labor that in no way coincides with their identities as poets. With the rise of MFA programs, small presses, and poetry venues outside of the university, poets who work inside of the university are few and far between, their positions […]

The second issue of Open House is here. Featuring Corina Copp, Joel Gregory, Rex Leonowicz, Paul Ebenkamp, Cosmo Spinosa, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Finn Menzies, Angel Dominguez, Housten Donham, Nico Peck, and Brynne Rebele-Henry Download the full PDF issue here

by Alana Siegel Strum, sun, late light streams, lines the wind… I give the door a swing, away from the kitchen—my eyes parachute, become the view out from the porch—widening, rising, horizontally settling, embraced by the ripeness of blue. I close my eyes—the full warmth of summer pours down through my body—skeletal, graceful, dumb… Paul […]

By Housten Donham This interview was conducted over the phone in June, 2015. It mostly concerns Moten’s book The Feel Trio [Letter Machine Editions, 2014], which was nominated for a National Book Award. Housten Donham: The visual appeal of The Feel Trio is one of the first things that struck me. Many of the poems […]