Poetry Chapbook Program
This year’s preliminary reviewers were Sharon Dolin, LaTasha N. NevadaDiggs, and Jeanne Marie Beaumont, with final manuscripts judged by Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera was the U.S. poet laureate in 2015. The selected manuscript will be determined in the spring of 2017 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, ten of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center.
ABOUT THE JUDGE
Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.
ABOUT THE REVIEWERS
Sharon Dolin is the author of five books of poems, most recently: Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her sixth poetry book, Manual for Living, is forthcoming in early 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh Press.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, is the author of TwERK (2013, Belladonna); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), and the album, Televisíon. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Walker Center, The Kitchen, Yale University, Recess Activities Inc, Cal Arts, The Whitney and Museum of Modern Art and the 2015 Venice Biennale to name a few.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is a writer whose poems are included in more than two dozen anthologies and textbooks, among them Good Poems for Hard Times, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, 20th ed., The Norton Introduction to Literature, When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop.
This year our application is online submissions only. Apply Here.
The selected poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2017, as well as an exclusive opportunity to stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers.
The deadline for the 2017 competition is December 17, 2016.
Do not call the center about the status of your application. Winners will be notified in Late Spring / Early Summer of 2017.
LETTERPRESS PRINTING & FINE PRESS PUBLISHING SEMINAR FOR EMERGING WRITERS
The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar For Emerging Writers. The seminar, taught by our Master Printer Barbara Henry, runs twice a year for five consecutive days in early May and early November. The seminar is tuition-free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Selected participants must attend the entire five-day workshop.
The next Fine Press Seminar will take place at the Center June 7-11, Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. The application postmark deadline is May 17, 2017. Online Applications open March 15, 2017.
Download the PDF application