The Paris-American's mission is to unite talented emerging poets and established poets on the same stage, while also serving as an ezine for original poetry. Through an annual poetry reading series contest, new and emerging poets have the opportunity to read with a celebrity poet at Poets House, a 50,000-volume poetry library in New York City with a spectacular view of the Hudson River.
TPA was founded by poet C. L. O'Dell in 2012. Since its launch, the ezine has featured many award-winning authors such as Matthew Dickman, Chloe Honum, Laura Kasischke, Danez Smith, Timothy O'Keefe, Carl Phillips, Jamaal May, Beth Bachmann, Ilya Kaminsky, Dorianne Laux, Natalie Diaz, Matthew Zapruder, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sophie Cabot Black. Poems published in the magazine have been recognized in Verse Daily, Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize (honorable mention).