Lips poetry magazine was founded in 1981 by Laura Boss.  Now entering its fifth decade, it has published poems by Robert Bly, Allen Ginsberg, Ruth Stone, David Ignatow, Marge Piercy, Michael Benedikt, Nicholas Christopher, Anne Waldman, Ishmael Reed, Gregory Corso, Lyn Lifshin, Ted Berrigan, Paul Hoover, Jana Harris, Toi Derricotte, Joseph Bruchac, Alice Notley, Warren Woessner, Robert Phillips, Hal Sirowitz, Theodore Weiss, Alicia Ostriker, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Stanley H. Barkan, Michael Weaver, Molly Peacock and Richard Kostelanetz.

Lips issues


  • The submission period is September through November. No submissions are considered at other times.
  • Send up to five poems, previously unpublished.
  • Electronic submissions are not accepted.
  • Lips has first rights to the poems and copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

We recommend that contributors review a copy of the magazine before submitting. You might obtain a copy at your library, or by purchasing an issue by sending a check for $10 plus $2.50 postage and handling for each copy.

Requests for issues and submissions should be sent to:

Jim Gwyn, Editor
141 Madison Ave.
Clifton, NJ  07011