Bettering Books


Bettering Books was founded in 2017, with the publication of the first of the Bettering American Poetry anthology series. Bettering Books may expand in other directions as a publisher in the years to come, but for now our focus is on curating the anthology series. Our only goal is to allow this series to morph & dazzle in ways that we cannot anticipate. 

-Sarah & Amy & Héctor

 
 
 

Bettering American Poetry 2015

"Soaring and raw, these poems 'better' American Poetry by battering down racial pieties of our white neoliberal nation. This anthology is an explosive Cri de Coeur of these times." - Cathy Park Hong

 

BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY IS AN ONGOING ACT OF RESISTANCE AND CELEBRATION. BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY 2015 IS THE FIRST PROJECT IN THIS SERIES, AND INCLUDES WORK FROM:

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib / Aleph Altman-Mills / Manuel Arturo Abreu / Fatimah Asghar / Amber Atiya / Malaka Badr / Aziza Barnes / Samiya Bashir / Jenny Boully / Marcelo Hernandez Castillo / Wo Chan / Hayan Charara / Jos Charles / Don Mee Choi / Franny Choi / Aaron Coleman / Eduardo C. Corral / Rio Cortez / Cynthia Cruz / Kyle Dargan / Natalie Diaz / Tafisha A. Edwards / Natalie Eilbert / Joshua Jennifer Espinoza / t’ai freedom ford / Sarah Gambito / Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia / Ross Gay / Rachel Eliza Griffiths / Sarah Jean Grimm / B.B.P. Hosmillo / Brenda Iijima / Bhanu Kapil / Douglas Kearney / Jee Leong Koh / Rickey Laurentiis / Layli Long Soldier / Nate Marshall / Eduardo Martinez-Leyva / Sade Murphy / Lynn Melnick / Hieu Minh Nguyen / Urayoán Noel / Morgan Parker / Shelagh Patterson / Trace Peterson / Tommy Pico / Khadijah Queen / Arthur Russell / Lauren Russell / sam sax / Brittney Scott / Solmaz Sharif / Safiya Sinclair / Chris Slaughter / Christopher Soto / Carmen Giménez Smith / Melissa Studdard / Jennifer Tamayo / Terrell Jamal Terry / TC Tolbert / Joanna C. Valente / Grey Vild / Ocean Vuong / Sydnee Wagner / Michael Wasson / Phillip B. Williams / Tanaya Winder / Moss Angel Witchmonstr / Jamila Woods / Wendy Xu / Lauren Yates

 

Bettering American Poetry 2016

The next installment of our anthology series is coming soon! Nominations are open now, stay tuned for more details...