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New River Press was founded in 2016 by artist Robert Montgomery and poet Greta Bellamancina, the first poet-led poetry press founded in London for a time.

We started this Patreon last year, but found that we promised too much and delivered too little, as all our efforts are spent on the books. Instead we will use this as a blog for updates from our poets, and a place where people can come if they wish to support what we are doing. We will post the favourite poems of some of our poets, and pictures from our archive. 

We exist to publish, promote, and pay for the best new 'page poetry' by emerging poets and radical voices. Our youngest poet, Rosalind Jana, was 21 when we published her first collection. She was recently highly recommended for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and blogs at www.rosalindjana.com

Our oldest, the late Heathcote Williams, died last year year at 75. He is a counter-cultural icon that we are proud to have published the final book by, The Last Dodo and Dreams of Flying. He exerts an increasing influence on poets today. Despite the hit success of his book length poem about the fate of the whale species, Whale Nation in 1988, his work was ignored by traditional publishers uncomfortable with his radical politics. In recent years he wrote book length take downs of The Windsors, Boris Johnson, and Trump, radical pamphlets on small presses. Today he has achieved posthumous recognition as one of the great polemic English poets.

In our first year we published eight books, including 6 solo collections and a survey of new feminist poetry, the sold out Smear: Poems For Girls, which we have now reissued in an expanded edition. We have a dozen more projects in the pipeline. We will publish: 

  • A book of love poetry by the trailblazing Lisa Luxx, named by Diva magazine as one of the UK's top 4 queer poets.
  • A book of concrete poetry by the sparklingly intelligent Chris McCabe, a chief librarian at the Southbank's Poetry Library.
  • A new book by the cult poet Robert Lundquist who was published by Raymond Carver in the 1980s before disappearing into the world of downtown LA. We have rediscovered a lost genius.
  • Niall McDevitt's epic new work Babylon (a neoliberal theodicy), and other poems, based on his recent trip to Iraq. 

Previously we have published: Greta Bellamacina has published her Selected Poems
  • The first collection of poetry by Robert Montgomery, Coltash, featuring the full length poems that many of his artworks draw on. It is an elegiac work, a love letter to lost friends and a manifesto for life.
  • Greta Bellamacina's Selected Poems 2015-17, a selected of Greta's transcendent, romantic, and euphoric poetry from one of Britain's finest female poets under 30. Poems for our time, discussing the border crisis, Brexit, the death of Leonard Cohen, and more. 
  • Points For Time In The Sky, a sold out collaborative work by Greta Bellamacina and Robert Montgomery, a psychogeographic journey through the imagination and reality of contemporary Britain. 
  • A book of erotic poems by an esteemed Swiss curator and former medical doctor Barbara Polla.

We also keep our poetry alive in the streets, notably with Niall McDevitt's London Poetry Walks, every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Niall is an eminent historian of the places where great poets were burned, lived, and died in London. He has excavated the memories of many geniuses in London: Rimbaud and Verlaine, William Blake, Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare, Thomas De Quincey, TS Eliot, Christopher Marlowe, and many others. This year he led the extremely successful A London Bloomsday Walk, a celebration of James Joyce in Kensington. He also leads the provocative walk The Modernists: Are they Antisemitic? 

We have hosted explosive, brilliant poetry evenings at places like Shakespeare and Company and Pentameter's Theatre, and have curated an evening of poetry at the Stoke Newington Literature Festival.

The current economy of poetry publishing makes it impossible to live as a poet without major external support. We plan to emulate the indie record label model-  New River Press is run as a close collective of poets, where the poets get a much larger percentage of royalties on their books than most traditional publishers offer, and the poets are much closer to the design, printing, and production process. Some of our publications blur the boundaries between books and artist's multiples/signed and numbered limited editions. Ultimately we're experimenting with ways that poets can actually earn money from their craft. This is one of those ways.

We believe that poets can see the future of poetry, and they can innovate it in publishing. We see a publishing industry devoting its resources to historical poetry. We want to create oxygen and support for contemporary poets, particularly with a focus on poets whose main medium is 'page poetry' - poems that are written to be read on the page. We feel a lot has been done to help the spoken word scene, but page poets are still struggling to survive. New River is new oxygen for new poetry. 



Tiers
New River Supporter
$10 or more per month 5 of 200 patrons
  • Around four New River books sent to you annually. 
  • Support the press to publish more books, support more poets, put on more fabulous events. Continue to drive poetry forward! 
  • On our blog we will post exclusive marginalia from New River Press, such as unreleased poems, a pilot radio station, and other bits and bobs.
  • We will also interview poets, asking them for their favourite poems, and reflections on poetry. 
Monthly Edition subscription
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
  • You would be an extremely valued New River benefactor, allowing us to produce significantly more books and art objects!
  • You will be sent all New River books and merchandise. 
  • We will send you exclusive marginalia from our creative processes, such a test designs for t-shirts and things we find inspiring. Packages of the unexpected will come to you. 
Benefactor
$100 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
  • You would be an extremely valued New River benefactor, allowing us to produce significantly more books and art objects!
  • You will be sent all New River books and merchandise. 
  • We will send you exclusive marginalia from our creative processes, such a test designs for t-shirts and things we find inspiring. 
Supreme Benefactor
$500 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • WOW! Thank you. Let's discuss what we can do for you. You would make serious poetry happen, help poets do more than just eat, and allow us to grow into our wildest dreams.
  • We can discuss hosting exclusive New River Press events for you: dinner parties, readings at house parties, poetic walking tours. 
  • We can find a New River poet will be happy to discuss with you writing personal commissions (weddings, funerals, birthdays, love letters, etc)  
  • You will be sent all the books, merchandise, exclusive content, and New River editions we produce. 
  • Plus all previous rewards. 
Goals
$55 of $500 per month
If we get reach this goal we will create a monthly podcast where New River Poets will track down poets they love and interview them. We will create wide ranging discussions covering topical themes, big ideas, and uncensored feelings. A new river of of life shooting through the blood streams of the internet.  

We have many ideas for this, so please help us make it happen! 
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New River Press was founded in 2016 by artist Robert Montgomery and poet Greta Bellamancina, the first poet-led poetry press founded in London for a time.

We started this Patreon last year, but found that we promised too much and delivered too little, as all our efforts are spent on the books. Instead we will use this as a blog for updates from our poets, and a place where people can come if they wish to support what we are doing. We will post the favourite poems of some of our poets, and pictures from our archive. 

We exist to publish, promote, and pay for the best new 'page poetry' by emerging poets and radical voices. Our youngest poet, Rosalind Jana, was 21 when we published her first collection. She was recently highly recommended for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and blogs at www.rosalindjana.com

Our oldest, the late Heathcote Williams, died last year year at 75. He is a counter-cultural icon that we are proud to have published the final book by, The Last Dodo and Dreams of Flying. He exerts an increasing influence on poets today. Despite the hit success of his book length poem about the fate of the whale species, Whale Nation in 1988, his work was ignored by traditional publishers uncomfortable with his radical politics. In recent years he wrote book length take downs of The Windsors, Boris Johnson, and Trump, radical pamphlets on small presses. Today he has achieved posthumous recognition as one of the great polemic English poets.

In our first year we published eight books, including 6 solo collections and a survey of new feminist poetry, the sold out Smear: Poems For Girls, which we have now reissued in an expanded edition. We have a dozen more projects in the pipeline. We will publish: 

  • A book of love poetry by the trailblazing Lisa Luxx, named by Diva magazine as one of the UK's top 4 queer poets.
  • A book of concrete poetry by the sparklingly intelligent Chris McCabe, a chief librarian at the Southbank's Poetry Library.
  • A new book by the cult poet Robert Lundquist who was published by Raymond Carver in the 1980s before disappearing into the world of downtown LA. We have rediscovered a lost genius.
  • Niall McDevitt's epic new work Babylon (a neoliberal theodicy), and other poems, based on his recent trip to Iraq. 

Previously we have published: Greta Bellamacina has published her Selected Poems
  • The first collection of poetry by Robert Montgomery, Coltash, featuring the full length poems that many of his artworks draw on. It is an elegiac work, a love letter to lost friends and a manifesto for life.
  • Greta Bellamacina's Selected Poems 2015-17, a selected of Greta's transcendent, romantic, and euphoric poetry from one of Britain's finest female poets under 30. Poems for our time, discussing the border crisis, Brexit, the death of Leonard Cohen, and more. 
  • Points For Time In The Sky, a sold out collaborative work by Greta Bellamacina and Robert Montgomery, a psychogeographic journey through the imagination and reality of contemporary Britain. 
  • A book of erotic poems by an esteemed Swiss curator and former medical doctor Barbara Polla.

We also keep our poetry alive in the streets, notably with Niall McDevitt's London Poetry Walks, every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Niall is an eminent historian of the places where great poets were burned, lived, and died in London. He has excavated the memories of many geniuses in London: Rimbaud and Verlaine, William Blake, Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare, Thomas De Quincey, TS Eliot, Christopher Marlowe, and many others. This year he led the extremely successful A London Bloomsday Walk, a celebration of James Joyce in Kensington. He also leads the provocative walk The Modernists: Are they Antisemitic? 

We have hosted explosive, brilliant poetry evenings at places like Shakespeare and Company and Pentameter's Theatre, and have curated an evening of poetry at the Stoke Newington Literature Festival.

The current economy of poetry publishing makes it impossible to live as a poet without major external support. We plan to emulate the indie record label model-  New River Press is run as a close collective of poets, where the poets get a much larger percentage of royalties on their books than most traditional publishers offer, and the poets are much closer to the design, printing, and production process. Some of our publications blur the boundaries between books and artist's multiples/signed and numbered limited editions. Ultimately we're experimenting with ways that poets can actually earn money from their craft. This is one of those ways.

We believe that poets can see the future of poetry, and they can innovate it in publishing. We see a publishing industry devoting its resources to historical poetry. We want to create oxygen and support for contemporary poets, particularly with a focus on poets whose main medium is 'page poetry' - poems that are written to be read on the page. We feel a lot has been done to help the spoken word scene, but page poets are still struggling to survive. New River is new oxygen for new poetry. 



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Tiers
New River Supporter
$10 or more per month 5 of 200 patrons
  • Around four New River books sent to you annually. 
  • Support the press to publish more books, support more poets, put on more fabulous events. Continue to drive poetry forward! 
  • On our blog we will post exclusive marginalia from New River Press, such as unreleased poems, a pilot radio station, and other bits and bobs.
  • We will also interview poets, asking them for their favourite poems, and reflections on poetry. 
Monthly Edition subscription
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
  • You would be an extremely valued New River benefactor, allowing us to produce significantly more books and art objects!
  • You will be sent all New River books and merchandise. 
  • We will send you exclusive marginalia from our creative processes, such a test designs for t-shirts and things we find inspiring. Packages of the unexpected will come to you. 
Benefactor
$100 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
  • You would be an extremely valued New River benefactor, allowing us to produce significantly more books and art objects!
  • You will be sent all New River books and merchandise. 
  • We will send you exclusive marginalia from our creative processes, such a test designs for t-shirts and things we find inspiring. 
Supreme Benefactor
$500 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
  • WOW! Thank you. Let's discuss what we can do for you. You would make serious poetry happen, help poets do more than just eat, and allow us to grow into our wildest dreams.
  • We can discuss hosting exclusive New River Press events for you: dinner parties, readings at house parties, poetic walking tours. 
  • We can find a New River poet will be happy to discuss with you writing personal commissions (weddings, funerals, birthdays, love letters, etc)  
  • You will be sent all the books, merchandise, exclusive content, and New River editions we produce. 
  • Plus all previous rewards.