About Us

Jett W. Whitehead Rare Books began operating in January, 1991, in Bay City, Michigan. Since our inception, we have dealt exclusively in modern poetry and the work of modern poets. Our carefully selected stock includes first editions of books, chapbooks, broadsides, uncorrected proofs, letters, and manuscript material of modern poetry.

We exhibit and display our stock at book fairs around the country, including The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, The Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, and elsewhere. You can check our upcoming book fair schedule by clicking on our events tab. 

Our stock is listed on this web site first, so please check with us often to see our most recent acquisitions. From time to time, we also offer exclusive promotions that are available ONLY at this web site.  Additionally, we issue occasional printed catalogs. If you wish to receive our most recent catalog, please contact us by sending your mailing address.

Jett Whitehead is an active member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (MWABA), and has served on the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of both organizations.


Promoting student poetry

We proudly sponsor the annual PoetryJett.com / April is Poetry Month prize at Central Michigan University (Mt Pleasant campus) in April of every year. Please read more about our prize on the home page of this web site.