Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love:

Poets on Punk

Edited by Jamie Townsend
and Grant Kerber
Published June 5th, 2019

Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love: Poets on Punk is a collection of essays, poems and visual mediums touching on the intersection of punk culture in the lives of poets. Edited by Jamie Townsend and Grant Kerber, the volume contains contributions from a collection of poets spanning generations, identities, ethnicities and backgrounds. Highlighting formative moments as well as the culture’s shortcomings, this well-rounded collection takes a critical look at how deeply counter-culture can infiltrate our lives and the effects that brings about.

Once printing costs are recovered, 100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to West Oakland Punks With Lunch. Punks with Lunch is a guerilla not-for-profit harm reduction outreach organization providing food and other necessities to people experiencing homelessness. Learn more about them and how you can contribute at the link above.

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Andrea Abi-Karam
Shane Anderson
Johnny Brewton
Brandon Brown
Turner Canty
Michael Cross
Nicholas DeBoer
Paul Ebenkamp
Curtis Emery
Jim Fisher
Joel Gregory
gin hart
Dan Hoy
Ivy Johnson
Grant Kerber
Hannah Kezema
Rodney Koeneke
Sara Larsen
Brontez Purnell
Ted Rees
Ariel Resnikoff
Kate Robinson
Danny Shimoda
Roberto Tejada
Jamie Townsend