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1. The writer reads the book.

Read the book from the first page to the last. Take your time. Let your mind soak it in and influence how you approach your part in the project. Feel free to allow your subconscious to work for a few days before moving on to the next step.

2. The writer adds an original poem to the book.

Add a poem that feels right based on your experience of the book. Choose a poem you wrote years ago or write a new one just for this moment in the life of the book. Pick a poem that won’t take up more than a few pages of the book.

Write the poem on the next blank page. Write only on the right-handed pages, leaving the backs of those pages blank. This makes sure that the ink from one page won’t bleed through the other side to obscure your or someone else’s work.

Please note that by adding the poem to the book you are granting Tripping Light Press the right to publish the poem in an electronic and a print version of the book. You reserve all other rights to the poem.

3. The writer reflects on the experience in an entry published to the project’s online journal.

Either write your entry while the experience is still alive in your mind or let it sit with you for a few days, allowing the experience ripen with time. If you’re waiting a bit to write your journal entry, send the book to the next author right away so the project can continue in the meantime.

Click here to submit your journal entry. You will be asked to enter a password, which is written on the inside cover of the book. Make sure to write down this password before sending the book to the next author.

If you are unsure of what to write about in your entry, visit the submission page for some ideas.

4. The writer passes the book onto another writer who will follow the same set of rules.

One of the most important roles you play in the project is in choosing the next author.

In order to give the project the best possible chance of success, we recommend you choose someone who:

  • enjoys participating in grassroots literature projects
  • has experience reading and writing poetry
  • is willing to add a poem to the book and submit a journal entry to the website
  • can be depended on to contribute and pass along the book in a timely manner

We also encourage you to choose someone who is different from you so that the book features a diversity of authors and poetry.

So that the project moves along at a reasonable pace, here are a few guidelines regarding time:

  1. Try to send book on to the next author within one week of receiving the book. Remember, you can write your journal entry after you send off the book.
  2. When contacting the next author about the project, ask the following questions:
    • Do you know who you could send the book to next?
    • Will you be able to contribute and send the book to next author within one week of receiving it?
  3. If mailing the book to the next author, please use first class or higher (not media mail) so the next author will receive it within days versus weeks.


If you have any questions about your participation in the project, click here to contact the editor.