About Lyrics as Poetry

Lyrics as Poetry is a new print-only journal spotlighting the work of songwriters, where lyrics can be appreciated on their own aesthetic merit — as art on the printed page, like poetry. Each volume includes original prose from writers and journalists along with artwork throughout. Vol. 2 & 3 also feature personal notes from songwriters about their work. The Los Angeles-based journal was created by songwriter Sara Noelle and editor Erik Hayden, with more than 50+ artists, songwriters and writers featured in each edition.

Lyrics as Poetry is sold here and in 25+ bookstores nationwide.

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Vol. 3, “Love”

Either romantic or familial, about heartbreak or loss, self-respect and yearning for connection or endearment of a place or time. Features 32 songwriters’ lyrics, as well as annotations from each about their work. Additionally, 20 writers have contributed original entries spotlighting lyrics within that same theme.

Featured in Vol. 3

Alex Ashford, Joshua Bohnsack, Rachel Brodsky, Javier Cabral, John Corbett, Loren DiBlasi, Antje Duvekot, Dana Falconberry, Margaret Farrell, Sarah Gooding, Rebecca Rose Harris, Erik Hayden, Jason Heller, Patrick Hosken, Stevie Kin, Julia Lucille, Sarah MacDonald, Jesse Marchant, Gia Margaret, Tina Mathieu, H.C. McEntire, Mree, Cornelia Murr, Nightlands, Sara Noelle, Izaak Opatz, Kela Parker, Sam Phillips, Jon Regen, Emily Reo, Tess Roby, Tristan Friedberg Rodman, Haroula Rose, Jim Ruland, Dusty Santamaria, Hilary Saunders, Zach Schonfeld, Dave Segal, Jake Sherman, Carolyn Sills, Devin Sinha, Sam Sodomsky, Joanna Sternberg, Anna St. Louis, Sun June, Valley Maker, John Vanderslice, Chad VanGaalen, Dean Wareham, Jason P. Woodbury, Annie Zaleski, Renata Zeiguer.

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Vol. 2, "Time"

Looking back at the past or being in the present, living in the unknown or wondering about the distant (or not-so-distant) future. Features 37 songwriters’ lyrics, as well as annotations from each about their work. Additionally, 20 writers have contributed original entries spotlighting lyrics within that same theme.

Featured in Vol. 2

 Courtney Marie Andrews, Katie Bain, Eve Barlow, Joe Bonomo, Misty Boyce, Cynthia Brando, Peter Broderick, Julie Byrne, Chris Cohen, Kevin Dickerson, Ciara Dolan, James A.M. Downes, Wesley Randolph Eader, Shelby Earl, Emily Elbert, Piers Faccini, Matthew Fountain, David Glickman, Graham Stone Music, Mark Guarino, Steve Gunn, Robert Ham, Lilly Hiatt, Erik Hayden, Kaleb Horton, Vrinda Jagota, Casey Jarman, Azniv Korkejian, a.k.a. Bedouine, Eric J. Lawrence, Shannon Lay, Jesse Malin, Jules Moore, Kevin Morby, Nick Mulvey, Evie Nagy, Kari Newhouse, Sara Noelle, Jenny O., Spencer Owen, Doe Paoro, Angela Parrish, Glen Phillips, Silver Torches, Matthew Singer, Courtney E. Smith, red steppes, Astrid Swan, Jennifer Swann, Jesse Sykes, Sharine Taylor, Tobias the Owl, Liz Tracy, The Weather Station, Myke Wilken, Jess Williamson, Carl Wilson, Chelsea Wolfe.

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Vol. 1, "Space"

Openness and nature's expanse, emotional resonance or physical distance (cosmic, too!). Includes the lyrics of 42 songwriters and original prose by 10 writers.

Featured in Vol. 1

Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, Ali Blake, Megan Brickwood, Trey Brown, Pamela Des Barres, Gary Calamar, Dean Clark, James Combs, Aaron Couch, Cygne, Danielle DeCosmo, Karen Dezelle, Kevin Fallon, Kevin Lee Florence, Lisa Hannigan, Danny Goldberg, Erik Hayden, Andy Hermann, Kari Howard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nick Jaina, Maura Johnston, Kylie Kempster, Steve Kempster, Spencer Kornhaber, Kristine Leschper, Ken Layne, Sara Lov, Jeffrey Martin, Sara Noelle, Nanda Mazza, Robbie McDonald, Tamara Laurel McGuckin, Mimicking Birds, Peter Mulvey, Alexi Murdoch, Sara Noelle, Meg Olsen, Arum Rae, Lia Rose, Mark Sadek, Erin "Syd" Sidney, Peter Su, Deb Talan, Nathaniel Talbot, Anna Tivel, Fletcher Tucker, KC Turner, Suzanne Vallie, Ian Webber, Henry Wolfe, Rachael Yamagata.

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