boost house is a poetry publisher based in the united states.
founded in 2014, the mission of boost house has been to build culture and community at the intersection of poetry, new media, and radical politics. our aim has been to publish books which promote critical, empowering orientations to the world; to use new media to make poetry more exciting and accessible to young people; and to curate and create books, videos, and social media streams which fuse anti-oppression politics and sustainable ways of living into poetry and art.
all boost house publications from 2014 to 2016 were edited and designed by a team of three humans—steve roggenbuck, e.e. jarvie, and ray younghans. since the summer of 2016, boost house has not produced any new publications, and no new projects are currently in the works; however, all our books remain available through our online store; order fulfillment continues to be handled by steve.
the history of boost house as a physical space
along with being a publisher, boost house formerly existed as a physical space (a vegan co-op house). this role of boost house was suspended as of summer 2016. at our past spaces, we held poetry readings and documentary screenings for the community. our events were drug-free, alcohol-free, meat-free spaces. in 2014 we invited residents to stay with us for free, as a sort of "artist's residency." we found that model to be financially unsustainable long term, so in 2015-16 we switched to a "co-op house" model where residents did pay rent, but we kept an application process to ensure shared values among residents.
some of the residents who stayed with us over the years: al bodman, a poet from michigan, lived with us from april 2015 to june 2016. joseph parker okay, a poet from wisconsin, stayed with us from march to june 2016. human pony and tom duggan, artists from london, stayed with us in june 2016. dustin fletcher, a poet from florida, stayed with us from april to june 2016. el pearson, a poet from pennsylvania, stayed with us in february 2016. kate hall, a poet and photographer from tennessee, stayed with us in january 2016. jacob brooks, a poet from michigan, stayed with us in july 2015. cassandra gillig, a poet and archivist from illinois, stayed with us from june to august 2014. stephen michael mcdowell, a writer from maryland, stayed with us from april to may 2014. joseph kendrick, a vegan blogger from london, stayed with us from march to may 2014.
if you need to contact boost house, here is our email address!