2022 Annual Chapbook Reading

2022 Chapbook CAIRO: the undelivered letters by Mai Serhan and design and printed by Rhonda Khalifah
woman with hair loosly tied up wearing glasses
Mai Serhan (2022)
smiling man wears glasses in front of a bookshelf
Nicola Masciandaro (2022)
Nicola Masciandaro's Broadside designed and printed by Oswaldo García.
Megan Sungyoon's Broadside designed by Dongyoung Lee and printed by Allison Carter-Beaulé.

Event Info

This poetry reading and publications launch celebrating our 2022 Chapbook Competition winner, Mai Serhan, and runners-up, Megan Sungyoon and Nicola Masciandaro, will be hosted by the competition’s 2022 Guest Judge, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. We will also hear from the artists who designed, printed, and assembled this year’s publications: 2021 Workspace Artists-in-Residence, Rhonda Khalifeh; Kiki Smith , Richard Tuttle, and CBA’s 2022 Book Artist-in-Residence Sarah Moody; 2021 Book Artist-in-Residence Oswaldo García and Dongyoung Lee.

Of Serhan’s winning manuscript Berssenbrugge said, “This rich and imaginative series of ‘letters to the editor’ is a cracked mirror on the city of Cairo depicted by a demimonde of citizens and the surreal dramatizations of their plights as pleas. The absent editor of the Daily Mail represents a higher authority of truth, hope, justice in the possibility of these ‘true’ stories being published. The poet writes with compassion, strength, humor and flamboyance.”

Broadsides and chapbooks are available at a special price for event attendees (broadsides are normally $20 each and chapbooks are $50).

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This event was made possible in part with funding provided by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


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