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Writing Pens  by Maurice G. Lyons

Winner of the 2021 Poetry Is Life Book Award.

How many pens
Have you written
Out of ink -

How long
Did it take?

How many pens
Have you lost -

How much time lapsed
Before they were replaced?

How many pens
Have you trashed -

Because their particular brand
Was not your fit?

How many pens
Have you loved -


Because you were allowed
To speak through it?

Poem of The Week 

Dear Bully: Poems & Other Writings - The Dear Bully Poems & Other Writings Compilation Book is available now.


Pleasure & Pain: Love Poems Compilation Book - Submission dates 9-12-22 thru 11-18-22. The Pleasure & Pain: Love Poems Compilation Book will be a book of poems that honestly and passionately speak about the pleasure and pain that comes with love. Book publication: February 2023.


Nature Poem Poetry Contest - This contest is over. The winners will be announced very soon. We would like to thank everyone who submitted and shared this contest info.


The Voices of Real 7 Compilation Book - Submissions are closed for this compilation book. We would like to thank everyone for their submissions.


Collecting Ghosts: The Antique Future is available now. This is Jason's fifth book. These poems are personal in the way that most of them are my direct life experiences. Sharing these very personal feelings and experiences forced me to grow not only as a poet but also as a person. These poems allowed me to speak to pain with peace, shame with salvation, doubt with determination and loss with life.

Featured Poet - Rolanda T. Pyle

Rolanda T. Pyle, is the winner of the 2023 Poetry Is Life Book Award. Her manuscript, All Things, is a scheduled to be published this summer. She is the author of numerous books. You can check out some of her work at 

Quote Of The Month

If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more.

If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.


 - Oprah Winfrey

Poetic Recordings



Honey And VinegarCarolyn June-Jackson
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Community Partnerships & Projects

Part of being a positive, active part of the community is working with local businesses and the people in the community to enhance the quality of life, through the gifts and talents of the people in a creative way. When businesses invest in and support community projects, it shows that they care about what is happening in that community. Creating opportunity for community partnerships and projects gives a sense of pride, hope and responsibility. It gives the people of that community something they can be proud of.


Poetry Is Life Publishing is honored to be working with local businesses and the people of the community to bring poetry and other creative projects to the people. As part of the mission and vision, we want to be able to use poetry as a way to enhance the life of the poet, the listener and the overall community by bringing awareness to issues that impact people, directly or indirectly. If you are interested in partnering on a creative project, Poetry Is Life Publishing would like to partner with you. To see what businesses we have partnered with, click the button below. Thank you. Now! They Will Listen To Us!

Publishing Opportunities

In the contest tab, there are contests that feature motherhood, fatherhood. There are also contest focused on youth and their writing. New contests are in the works. 

Compilation Books

You've taken the time to write down your thoughts, your feelings and your experiences on paper bags, on the back of grocery receipts, on take out menus, on utility, credit card and medical bills, you've even temporarily tattooed your skin with ink so you wouldn't forget that thought, that feeling or that experience. Inspiration, like life, cannot be predicted. You have made yourself vulnerable and open to criticism,...


The Winner of the 2022 Poetry Is Life Book Award
is Carolyn june-jackson for her manuscript
A Poetic Tribute To Melanin Sisters
Reclaiming Their Time & Standing In Their Power.

The Poet's Calendar 2021


Featured Books


Pieces Of Me - $12
Carol Mullins


If There's No Heaven - $12
Barbara Marie Minney


The Voices of Real 4 - $10
A Poetry Compilation


The End Is Near - $10
Marjorie F. Burr


Just Like Me - $12
Emma J. Harris


The End Is Near - $10

Marjorie F. Burr


Just Like Me - $12

Emma J. Harris


My mother would say all the time how blessed she was to have met Jason. She had been writing songs and poetry since she was a teenager and it was always her dream to be published. I remember being young and retrieving manilla envelopes from the mailbox that were self addressed. When I asked her about she tried to explain that since she neither knew nor could afford a publisher, this was the only way she knew to get some type of protection for her work. 

-Nyiesha Peake, daughter of Valarie Pugh Peake; author of A Time To Heal.


Mission & Vision

Mission Statement


Poetry Is Life Publishing is a book publishing company that takes great pride in helping poets turn their lives into books, while also helping poets turn their books into life. This is achieved by providing affordable, quality, personalized, professional and genuine book publishing and related services. ​​


Vision Statement



To bring awareness & change to sensitive issues in society through poetry. To create and promote programs that feature poetry, other forms of creative writing and art centered around a specific topic, theme or cause. To provide a creative platform to showcase poetry that challenges life, creates a community, a culture of listening, with the ears of the heart.

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