New River Press is creating poetry
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patrons

$73
per month
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 decades. 

We exist to publish (and pay for) the best new 'page poetry' by emerging poets and radical voices. Our youngest poet, Rosalind Jana, is 21. She was recently highly recommended for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and blogs at www.rosalindjana.com

Our oldest, the late Heathcote Williams, died this year at 75. He is a counter-cultural icon that we are proud to have published the final book by. He exerts an increasing influence on poets today. His work was previously ignored by traditional publishers uncomfortable by his radical politics - with recent book length take downs of The Windsors and Boris Johnson - but today he has achieved posthumous recognition as one of the great polemic English poets.

In it's first year we have published eight books, including 6 solo collections and a survey of new feminist poetry. We plan to publish half a dozen more before the year is up, and a dozen next year. 

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. 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. 



Rewards
New River Supporter
$10 or more per month 5 of 200 patrons
  • Four New River books sent to you annually.
  • Every month, you'll get at least one exclusive video of a poet reading their poem, explaining the story behind it, and their creative process in general. This could be a New River Press poet, or a poet interviewed by New River Press.
  • Exclusive marginalia from New River Press, such as unreleased poems, a pilot radio station, and other bits and bobs.
Monthly Edition subscription
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
  • You get the stamped New River Press monthly edition - a throw away collectable, could be a graphic poem print, a dadaist pamphlet, poetic confetti, a risograph art message, or something totally unique, by one of our New River poets.
  • Plus ad hoc exclusive New River marginalia, such as badges, signed author photographs, posters, t-shirts. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
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. 
  • You will be sent a personalised singed print by a New River poet. 
  • You will be invited to exclusive live readings by New River poets.
  • Plus all previous rewards. 
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 eat, and allow us to grow into our wildest dreams.
  • We will host exclusive New River Press events for you: dinner parties, readings at house parties, poetic walking tours. 
  • New River poet will write 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
$73 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 decades. 

We exist to publish (and pay for) the best new 'page poetry' by emerging poets and radical voices. Our youngest poet, Rosalind Jana, is 21. She was recently highly recommended for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and blogs at www.rosalindjana.com

Our oldest, the late Heathcote Williams, died this year at 75. He is a counter-cultural icon that we are proud to have published the final book by. He exerts an increasing influence on poets today. His work was previously ignored by traditional publishers uncomfortable by his radical politics - with recent book length take downs of The Windsors and Boris Johnson - but today he has achieved posthumous recognition as one of the great polemic English poets.

In it's first year we have published eight books, including 6 solo collections and a survey of new feminist poetry. We plan to publish half a dozen more before the year is up, and a dozen next year. 

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. 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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Rewards
New River Supporter
$10 or more per month 5 of 200 patrons
  • Four New River books sent to you annually.
  • Every month, you'll get at least one exclusive video of a poet reading their poem, explaining the story behind it, and their creative process in general. This could be a New River Press poet, or a poet interviewed by New River Press.
  • Exclusive marginalia from New River Press, such as unreleased poems, a pilot radio station, and other bits and bobs.
Monthly Edition subscription
$50 or more per month 1 of 100 patrons
  • You get the stamped New River Press monthly edition - a throw away collectable, could be a graphic poem print, a dadaist pamphlet, poetic confetti, a risograph art message, or something totally unique, by one of our New River poets.
  • Plus ad hoc exclusive New River marginalia, such as badges, signed author photographs, posters, t-shirts. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
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. 
  • You will be sent a personalised singed print by a New River poet. 
  • You will be invited to exclusive live readings by New River poets.
  • Plus all previous rewards. 
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 eat, and allow us to grow into our wildest dreams.
  • We will host exclusive New River Press events for you: dinner parties, readings at house parties, poetic walking tours. 
  • New River poet will write 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.