Nomadic Ground Poetry is an organic and fair trade coffee company that puts a poem in every heidelberg-letterpressed bag.  The back of the poem is ink-stamped with the NG logo. The poems are then folded and put in the coffee. Beans leave an antique patina and customers put the collectable poems on their fridge.

Well known contemporary poets - below is a partial list of poets in the coffee - have written poems for Nomadic Ground, emerging talented poets have sent poems, dangerous and scary poets have contributed, and out-of-copyright freaky poets of yore have graced the beans.


Ellery Akers
Francisco X. Alarcón
Adrian Arias
Micah Ballard
Virginia Barrett
Neeli Cherkovski
Bobby Coleman
Elana Dykewomon
Matt Gonzalez
Juan Felipe Herrera
Katie Heim

Brenda Hillman
Clara Hsu
Peter Kline
Devorah Major
Alejandro Murguía
Denise Newman
D.A. Powell
Ayo Khensu-Ra
Brynn Saito
Tanya Sarmina
A.D. Winans
Emily Wolahan


SUBMISSIONS:  Email your poem to: Please be sure to include a short bio. You also have the option of including your email at the end of the Bio if you would like NG coffee drinkers to email you.

Here's more detail: Please put the title of your poem in the subject line. Poem should be no more than 350 words or, when formatted, poems should be no more than 4" x17" using arial narrow, size TEN font. Please, copy your poem into the body of your email AND also include as a Word Doc attachment to your email. Include your mailing address; selected poets receive 2 pounds of coffee and a $20 honoraria.

Selected poems are printed in black and white (on my home printer) and stamped on the back with the Nomadic Ground logo (see pic above!) The single column poem will go in five hundred to a thousand, or so, pounds of coffee and distributed to stores in San Francisco and throughout the bay area.


CHAPBOOKS: If you have a small  (no bigger than 4"x7", no staples) chapbook you would like to be considered, please email: I would need 500 or more, and, unfortunately, at this time I cannot remunerate production costs.  Any questions, please email or click the Tumblr symbol .