Our Mission

Four Way Books is dedicated to producing and promoting excellent literary publications and to creating opportunities for writers of merit. We believe that the work of writers brings good to the world—understanding, empathy, curiosity, wisdom—and we strive to connect writers and readers, to make each writer’s life more meaningful by bringing validation to the artist and important, pioneering, virtuosic work to wide public attention, as well as to the communities each book most seeks and serves.

Our Background

In 1993, four writers—Jane Brox, Helen Fremont, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Martha Rhodes—laid the groundwork for a small publishing enterprise that would become a highly respected literary press. Four Way Books published its first list of three poetry books in 1995, and currently publishes eighteen to twenty-five aesthetically diverse titles annually of poetry and short fiction. In our thirty-plus years of operation, Four Way Books has not veered from its mission. We are comprised of four primary programs: a literary press, a podcast, a prize program, and an electronic literary journal, Four Way Review.

Publishing Program

We publish 18-20 collections of poetry and short fiction a year by emerging and established writers. There are four + ways to submit to us. Click here to learn more

Through our electronic literary review, The Four Way Review we publish poetry, fiction, and interviews throughout the year.  FWR allows us to publish more people each year. Click here to learn more


Desk copies

If you are adopting one of our books for your course, kindly email editors@fourwaybooks.com for a desk copy. Include: the name of the course, institution, estimated enrollment, etc.


Review copies

If you are interested in reviewing one of our titles, please email us at editors@fourwaybooks.com with your request.

Pay-a-Book-Forward Program

We offer free books as we can to students who attend our readings. Books have been distributed to students from Drew University, Hamilton College, Le Moyne College, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, among others.

Four Way Books + Friends Program

Since 1993, Four Way Books has featured our authors alongside writers from other publishing companies, as well as writers who have yet to find publication. We began sponsoring events at the Civic Center Synagogue in NYC and moved over to the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002. We now sponsor readings at Book Culture on Columbus on the Upper West Side, Bryant Park in midtown, Bowery Poetry Club through Why There Are Words NYC Reading Series, and the Millbrook Library in Millbrook, NY. We work with our authors to schedule readings around the country.