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It’s happening again. NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2021.

A multicolored pattern of hexagons in orange, pink, dark and light blue sits behind an orange box with white text that says April is #NAPOWRIMO. Follow along with our daily poem drafts at bloofbooks.com/blog.

Hi! So here’s a new promo code for April: NAPOWRIMO for 20% off all Bloof books (exceptions: the bundle is already discounted more than that, art prints, and used/collectible). If you try it now it might work in March too, wink wink.

What is #napowrimo, you wonder? It’s an unofficial, unaffiliated poetry game played annually by poets all over the world (#glopowrimo). It grew, sort of accidentally, out of a personal challenge Maureen Thorson set for herself one April, many moons ago in the poetry-blog days of yore. I joined her the following year, and others did too, and soon it became an annual, organic free-for-all, a lively everybody-is-invited event.

Maureen’s idea has proven so popular, people have assumed it’s hosted by some Official Org or Institution, but nope. It’s entirely noncommercial and unsponsored. She’s created a site—napowrimo.net—and accompanying Twitter account to share daily prompts and featured participants every day in April, which is really nice of her.

Bloof always hosts a handful of our authors on our blog, and this April will be no exception. Wanna play? You can join in on your own site or social media account. See napowrimo.net for the details.

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Bloof Books at SMOL Fair, March 3–7

This week we’re excited to be taking part in the alternative small-press book festival, SMOL Fair! Dozens of your favorite little presses are participating, most offering discounted book fair specials on their sites, and many hosting virtual readings and other events.

About SMOL Fair:SMOL Fair is an alternative, virtual book fair that will be ‘live’ from March 3-7, 2021. It is 100% free for presses to participate.  For readers, we are hosting a reading, a keynote address, and a mixer.  We are coordinating an events calendar for that week featuring readings from participating presses as well as book give-aways and deals on work from your favorite authors.”

Hello from the ink slab. We carve, ink, and print our linocut chapbook covers by hand.

20% off at bloofbooks.com

NOW through Sunday, March 1–7, use the promo code SMOLFAIR at checkout to receive 20% off your order. We’ll be enclosing hand-printed postcards, bookmarks, and other surprises with your packages (while supplies last).

Bloof Books + Action Books Marathon Reading for SMOL Fair

On Saturday, March 6 beginning at 4:00 pm EST, a multitude of poets will perform via Zoom. Details are still being finalized, but the lineup is looking stellar. The event will be auto-captioned and include some visual materials by the performers, plus a multimedia intermission. Free registration via Eventbrite here.