Jambu Press seeks submissions of poetry, short essays (500 word max), art, and photography for a tribute anthology to poet, publisher, artist, and insurgent extraordinaire Lawrence Ferlinghetti. With blessings from Ferlinghetti himself (whose work has appeared in two previous Jambu Press anthologies), we invite submissions inspired by the legacy of this iconic man. Submissions may be done in any style but must directly embody the impact of Ferlinghetti in some way. Some suggested approaches and themes are:

  • A cento (or collage poem) composed entirely of lines by Ferlinghetti.
  • Use of an epigraph from Ferlinghetti to frame the theme of your work.
  • Integration of Ferlinghetti line(s) into your piece.
  • Artful imitation of a Ferlinghetti poem.
  • An ekphrastic inspired by a Ferlinghetti painting.
  • Writing based on an interaction with Ferlinghetti.
  • An experience you had in City Lights Bookstore or another Ferlinghetti haunt.
  • Or any other mode of tribute . . . surprise us!

Please include notes (title of work) citing all borrowed text and / or clearly describe with your submission how the work pays direct tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Previously published work will be considered with proper acknowledgment. All languages are welcome if submitted with English translation. 

Selected contributors will receive one copy of the anthology (domestic U.S. shipping only) and a significant author discount on additional copies. 

Proceeds from the book will benefit a cause of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s choice. Jambu Press titles are broadly distributed by Small Press Distribution.