Newspaper Blackout finally available as an eBook

Newspaper Blackout ebook

My first book, Newspaper Blackout, is now available as an eBook.

Word of caution: you need to have a reasonably large, preferably backlit screen to appreciate these things. If you just have an old Kindle or an eReader with a tiny screen, you’d be better off buying the paperback. (I haven’t tested every device, but I can say it looks really great in iBooks on an iPad. Maybe even better than on paper.)


The eBook also contains some “deleted scenes”—a dozen or so poems that got cut from the original manuscript—and a new afterword.

TIME Magazine Names Newspaper Blackout a Must-See Tumblr Blog

Time Magazine

30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs | NewsFeed |

His redacted masterpieces have won him both a book deal and a line of art prints sold through online gallery 20×200. The focus of his Tumblr, however, is his fans. Anyone with a marker, a newspaper and a little creativity can submit to the site. The result is a kind of free-form word search, with people providing one-liners that range from funny to enigmatic to genuinely thought-provoking. Whether or not you consider it actual poetry, it’s definitely not a bad way to recycle your morning paper.

Thanks very much to TIME readers who recommended the site and to all who’ve submitted poems in the last couple of years. Strangely enough, the site is almost exactly 2 years old! I knew there should be a site where people could submit their own poems, but I was waiting around for the right platform to come along. Luckily, a few months before the book came out, Tumblr started allowing users to submit posts. And that was that. Today the site has over 25,000 readers.

I’m still accepting poems, so feel free to send me yours:→


Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

I was pretty thrilled when The Austin Museum of Art asked me if I wanted to do a Newspaper Blackout event. We got to display a mini-exhibit of originals and prints, and I led a 90 minute blackout poetry workshop. It was a great time, and we had a terrific turnout.

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art
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Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

Newspaper Blackout at The Austin Museum of Art

More photos on my Flickr and AMOA’s Facebook page.

Here’s some video Anne Heller (@annevid) shot of the talk:

Big thanks to AMOA and everyone who showed!


typo on page 50 of Newspaper Blackout

Newspaper Blackout has been out a month, but Derik Badman is the first to spot not one, but two typos in the book. The first is on page 50 (the word “for” shows up twice), the second is on page 84 (the word “to” shows up twice).

Luckily, they’re easy to fix…

typo on page 84 of Newspaper Blackout


anything goes in America / the rules / not really rules / but a kind of guesswork

Page 90 of Newspaper Blackout. Blogged by The New Yorker.

And a great tale from Heather Brush, the books page editor at the Roanoke Times (she reviewed NB):

There’s a funny story behind my review…the book was sitting on my desk here in the newsroom, waiting for me to finish it and review it, when it disappeared. Someone swiped it! I put up “wanted” posters and mysteriously it was returned in the dark of night. Apparently, news people are very interested in this book!

A book worth stealing — that’s what I like to hear! Thanks, Heather.

Two other great reviews from The Christian Science Monitor and The Austin American-Statesman.

Also: over 500 people now follow the Newspaper Blackout Tumblr where folks post their own blackout poems. Check it out.


newspaper blackout t-shirt

I am so excited to announce that my friends at Wire & Twine are handprinting our first-ever Newspaper Blackout t-shirt. I’m a customer, so I know their impeccable design taste and the high-quality of their products, but I also know that they’re good Ohio folks, based out of Oxford, a small town where I spent four of my favorite years.

“Creativity is subtraction.” It’s not a poem, it’s a rallying cry.

These tees are handprinted on American Apparel triblend atheletic heathered gray t-shirts. Which are super soft. (Meg and I own several.)

On sale now:

Buy yours now! The preorder sale is now over. Check the store to see if more are available.

newspaper blackout t-shirt

newspaper blackout t-shirt

austin t-shirt

meg t-shirt