duration press was founded in 1997 by Jerrold Shiroma,
in Sausalito, CA, with the intention of publishing
a chapbook series dedicated primarily to poetry in
English translation. The first chapbooks were published
in 1999, the year in which the first version of the
durationpress.com website went live.
Since then, we have also explored the possibilities of providing free books of poetry & poetics in the form of downloadable PDF (Portable Document Format) files. The first of these were made available with the initial public version of the website, & this part of our project will continue to be a cornerstone of the mission of the press