Our Mission and Work

Tavern Books is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit poetry publisher based in Portland, Oregon. We exist to print, promote, and preserve works of literary vision, to foster a climate of cultural preservation, and to disseminate books in a way that benefits the reading public.

We administer two programs that strive to bring poetry to its widest possible audience: The Living Library (our publishing program), and The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series (our submission-based series open to young women).

Why We're Different

In all of our programs, we take the extra steps necessary to ensure that readers are given exciting and diverse avenues into the essential poetic voices of our modern era. We believe that books are more than words—that’s why all of our Living Library titles are issued in a beautifully designed, uniform series in both paperback and hardcover editions.

Even though digital short-run printing, e-books, and print-on-demand platforms are markedly inexpensive alternatives to craft printing, we’ve chosen to offset print all of our full-length collections on Heidelberg printing presses here in the United States. This traditional craft method uses printing plates to create books that are exceptionally beautiful and a joy to hold.

We commission original artwork from world-class artists for every title we publish, and believe that the dialog between image and text is an essential, meaningful element of a reader’s experience. And we believe that books deserve to last, which is why the contracts we issue our authors specifically state that all titles we publish will remain in print. We believe that our editorial, design, and production decisions reflect our commitment to the culture of the written word.

⎯ Masthead ⎯

Editor and Publisher
Carl Adamshick

Managing Editor
Natalie Garyet

Series Editor, The Honest Pint
Matthew Dickman

Director of Design
Cecilia Yang
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Heather Brown
Jennifer Jones
Hannah Westly
James Maynard

Board of Directors:

Board Chair
Wendy Willis
Executive Director, Kitchen Table Democracy
Director of Civic Engagement, National Policy Consensus Center

James Ball
Attorney at Law, Aspect Law Group, LLC

Jay Ponteri
Director, Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Marylhurst University
Oregon Book Award-winning author, Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books, 2013)

Leah Stenson
Host of Studio Series Poetry Reading, Co-editor of Reverberations from Fukushima, Board member of Friends of William Stafford.

Mark Swartz
Network Engineer, Google

Jerry Harp Assistant Professor of Humanities, Lewis & Clark College

Advisory Board:

Paulann Petersen, Poet Laureate of Oregon Emerita

Dave Adamshick
Portland Farmers Market

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All emails should be directed to info@tavernbooks.org. All written correspondence may be addressed to:

Tavern Books
Union Station
800 NW 6th Ave. #255
Portland, Oregon 97209

Call us
(503) 890-5043

⎯ Ordering ⎯

Domestic Orders:

For those looking to place an order within the United States, keep in mind that the best way to support Tavern Books is to order directly through our website.

You may do so by using a credit card or PayPal account. Chapbook and hardcover editions are available only through our website. Orders over $35 ship for free.

International Orders:

International orders can be placed through Small Press Distribution. Or, contact us at info@tavernbooks.org.


Booksellers are offered a standard discount of 40% on both trade editions and fine editions. Please contact the press to determine payment method and shipping rates. We do not accept returns.

Booksellers who need to make returns are encouraged to purchase our titles through our partner distributor, Small Press Distribution:

Small Press Distribution