Below you will find original writing from PU, including critical and personal essaysinterviews with various presses, journals, and orgs; regular updates on things going on with Poets Union; and more.

Interview #4: Adjunct Press

Our fourth interview is with Adjunct Press, co-edited by Jonny Lohr and Alice Ladrick. Jonny is the author of a well-regarded Robert Langdon fan-fiction novel, as well as an article about Milwaukee communists’ role in the JFK assassination. Alice’s poems have recently appeared in Trilobite. This interview was conducted over email in late summer ofContinue reading “Interview #4: Adjunct Press”

Interview #2: Recenter Press

Our second interview is with Terra Oliveira, an organizer with the Philadelphia Liberation Center, an outdoor educator, and the founder of Recenter Press. Their work has been featured in Prolit Magazine, Protean Magazine, Peace, Land, and Bread Magazine, Hooligan Magazine, and others, and they were the Artist-in-Residence at the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu at the GreatContinue reading “Interview #2: Recenter Press”

Points of Clarification on SPD Boycott

In light of misinformation, questions, and criticism continuing to circulate around Poets Union’s boycott of SPD and its bestselling/prominent publishers, we want to offer the following clarifications. This is not simply to correct perception of PU, but to mitigate harm done to workers and whistleblowers who have placed their trust in PU and whose reputations,Continue reading “Points of Clarification on SPD Boycott”

On Recent Developments Between Poets Union and SPD

TL;DR — On Tuesday, June 8th, Poets Union was informed by email (from an account called “spdworkersorganize,” which we now determine to have been management) that a sizable number of current and former workers oppose our boycott. However, as argued below, we had, and have, no reason to credit this statement or alter course. AmongContinue reading “On Recent Developments Between Poets Union and SPD”

On Organization and Strategy

While reflecting on the launch of our union and the many thoughtful replies and critiques offered from those who have joined, a few things have become clearer about our organization, its possibilities, and its strategy moving forward. The original materials on our website – manifesto, FAQ, and two essays – articulated a dynamic project withContinue reading “On Organization and Strategy”

Statement in solidarity with unionizing Amazon workers in Bessemer, AL

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are on the brink of becoming the first unionized employees at Amazon. As they vote to join RWDSU, Poets Union stands in solidarity with these workers — 85% of whom are Black, and a majority of whom are women — as they assert themselves against one of the mostContinue reading “Statement in solidarity with unionizing Amazon workers in Bessemer, AL”

Post-Launch Update

3/4/21 Poets Union is closing in on a hundred members! We greatly appreciate the interest so many have shown, and we look forward to building together. We also realize there are many questions, theoretical and strategic, about what we are and what it’s all about. We have an FAQ that tries to address many things,Continue reading “Post-Launch Update”

Poets Should Be Socialists

A Critique of the Literary-Academic System by R.M. Haines In April of 2020, a few years after earning a PhD in creative writing, I chose to self-publish my first collection of poems as a free PDF. This decision was unremarkable in itself, but after having spent considerable time in the academic realm, I was underContinue reading “Poets Should Be Socialists”

The Poet As Producer

by Poets Union In his 1934 essay, “The Author as Producer,” Walter Benjamin sought a revolutionary, anti-fascist literature by arguing that writers must begin a material critique of literary production. Acknowledging that bourgeoisie and fascists alike often employed spiritualized, non-material terms when rationalizing their work, he insists that leftist writers must rethink their work asContinue reading “The Poet As Producer”

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