What is Local Gems?

Local Gems Poetry Press is a small Long Island based poetry press dedicated to spreading poetry through performance and the written word. Local Gems believes that poetry is the voice of the people, and as the sister organization of the Bards Initiative, believes that poetry can be used to make a difference.



Featured Publication:



Bards Annual: 2011



Bards Annual is the Annual Publication of the Bards Initiative. The Bards Initiative is a poetry project dedicated to connecting poetry communities, while promoting the writing and performance of poetry. A multi-purpose poetry project, the Initiative provides avenues for poets to share their work and encourages the use of poetry for social change. In addition, the Initiative aims to make use of modern technologies to help spread, encourage, and inspire poetry, particularly in the younger generations. It is the core belief of the Bards Initiative that poetry is the voice of the people and can be used to help create a sense of sharing and community. Pick up your copy today on Lulu.

Local Gems News

Rhyme and PUN-ishment Now Taking Submissions

Submissions are now open for Local Gems' latest publication, Rhyme and PUN-ishment, an anthology of funny poetry. More Info...

Submissions still open for Allyance.

The Allyance project, an anthology of poetry for and from Long Island's LGBTQ community is still open for submissions. More Info...