It’s officially spring, which means we’re getting ready to print some chapbooks. As you may or may not know, every year we choose one manuscript to produce in a special beautifully designed, letterpress printed limited edition printed and bound by artists for the Center. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, ten of which are reserved for the author and the remained of which are offered for sale to support the Center’s programming.
The final Judge in the competition changes every year, and we strive to invite a wide range of poets in to work with us. The Judge also chooses two to three Honorable Mentions, and we print letterpress broadsides of one of the poems from each of their manuscripts. AND then we print a special edition of the Judge’s work as well.
|reading in the printshop|
We’re extra pleased to be able to announce the winners of our 2014 Chapbook Competition. This year’s Chapbook Honoree is Sara Wallace, from Brooklyn, NY. Her manuscript, The Rival, will be printed in a special letterpress edition this summer. We also congratulate Honorable Mentions Carol Ann Davis of Sandy Hook, Connecticut for her manuscript Bury These Hands; and M. Callen of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Preferred Apocalypse.
We host a celebratory reading in the fall, and invite the winner, the judges and the two Honorable Mentions to join us. This year’s Judge David St. John will join us this fall for a reading featuring Sara Wallace, our Honorable Mentions, and Sharon Dolin, the founder and coordinator of the program since 1996.
Are you disappointed not to be chosen this year? Do you have a chapbook in you that would be just perfect for letterpress? The call for entries for 2015 has just been posted; deadline is December 1, 2014 and the Judge for next year is Cornelius Eady. Take a look at the guidelines on our website here.