Pop-up Exhibit: Summer of Chapbooks

The Poetry Center is home to thousands of chapbooks, many of which are housed in our archives room where their thin and typically delicate bindings can be kept safe and in good condition for generations of readers to come. This pop-up exhibit brings a selection of chapbooks out of the archives room for readers to browse and enjoy. Chapbooks are short collections of work often akin to the zine or pamphlet. Many emerging authors find their first foray into publishing via the chapbook. Lightweight and portable, chapbooks are known for their ability to be shared and exchanged widely. 

During the months of June, July, and August, this pop-up exhibit offers a broad and easy-to-browse selection from our collection of poetry chapbooks. With a monthly rotating selection and chapbooks from small presses such as New Michigan, Hyacinth Girl, Seven Kitchens, Finishing Line, and Dancing Girl you’re sure to find inspiration here. A list of works to be displayed for the month of June, July, & August can be found below.



Andrew Dally. All the Times We Passed McDonalds. (New Michigan Press, 2019)

Elizabeth Bartlett. Behold this Dreamer. (Editorial Jus SA, 1959)

Haki Madhubuti. Black Pride. (Detroit Broadside Press, 1968)

Jennifer Kronovet. Caste Study: With. (above/ground press, 2015)

Ryan Patrick Smith. The Death Metal Pastorals: Poems. (Black Lawrence Press, 2019)

j/j hastain, Juliet Cook. Dive Back down. (Dancing Girl Press & Studio, 2015)

Johnny Baranski. Fish Pond Moon. (Sunburst Press, 1986)

Adhemar Ahmad. Hannibal Barca: A Fable. (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014)

Kai Naima Williams. He Tried to Drown the Ocean, I Waved. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018)

Lynne Ellis. In these failing times I can forget. (Papeachu Press, 2018)

Jessica Jacobs. In Whatever Light Left to Us. (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016)

Anthony Thwaite. Late Poems. (Enitharmon Press, 2010)

Wojciech Bonowicz. My People & Other Poems. (Tavern Books, 2016)

Mary Wilson. Not Yet. (Projective Industries, 2019)

Javier Zamora. Nueve Años Inmigrantes. (Organic Weapon Arts, 2011)

Francisca Aguirre. The Other Music. (Argos Books, 2011)

Hailey Higdon. Rural. (Drop Leaf Press, 2017)

John Jacob. Summerbook. (Spoon River Poetry Press, 1983)

Joshua Escobar. xxox fm. (Doublecross Press, 2019)



Carl Harp. #126-516. (King Publications, 1975)

Kim Stoll. Anna Lives, (dancing girl press & studio, 2015)

Roger Allen. A Collection of Poems About Life and Love. (2009)

Mary Stone Dockery. The Dopamine Letters. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013)

Ada Smailbegović. The Forest/On Waiting. (DoubleCross Press, 2017)

Ruth Gardener. From Here. (Tucson Blue Moon Press, 1970)

Amy Narneeloop. Hair. (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)

Paula Koneazny. Installation. (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2012

Eloisa Amezcua. Mexicamericana. (Porkbelly Press, 2017)

Pamela L. Taylor. My Mother’s Child. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015)

Dale Smith. My Vote Counts. (Effing Press, 2004)

Brenda Iijima, Annie Won. Once When A Building Block. (Horse Less Press, 2014)

Samantha Duncan. Playing One On TV. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018)

E. Kristin Anderson. Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I Wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night. (Porkbelly Press, 2015) 

Sandra Cisneros. Puro Amor. (Sarabande Books, 2018)

Ruth Baumann. Retribution Binary. (Black Lawrence Press, 2017))

Doug Paul Case. Something to Hide My Face In. (Seven Kitchen Press, 2015)

Chris Chen. Uncle Chen’s Oriental Slapstick. (CA Incidental Press, 2001)

George Kalamaras. Your Own Ox-Head Mask as Proof. (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010)



Jen Hofer. as far as. (A+Bend Press, 1999)

Chelsea Margaret Bodnar. basement gemini. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018)

Teré Fowler-Chapman. Bread &. (HOPE Etc. Press, 2017)

Sarah Gzemski. Centralia. (Porkbelly Press, 2015)

Meghana and Chetan Junnuru. The Divine Maze. (Unrestricted Editions, 2018)

Kiki Petrosino. Doubloon Oath. (Factory Hollow Press, 2016)

Chris King. A Heart I Carved for a Girl I Knew. (Skuntry, 2006)

Amorak Huey. The Insomniac Circus. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014)

Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay. Lace & Pyrite: letters from two gardens. (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)

Raven Jackson. little violences. (CutBank Books, 2017)

Barbara Cole. little wives. (Potes & Poets, 1998)

Michael Sikkema. May Apple Deep. (Horse Less Press, 2012)

T.A. Noonan. The Midway Iterations. (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015)

CA Conrad. Mugged Into Poetry : (soma)tic poetry exercise & poem. Cannot Exist, 2011)

H. Melt. On My Way to Liberation. (Haymarket Books, 2018)

Abby Minor. Real Words for Inside. (Gap Riot Press, 2018)

Hoa Nguyen. Red Juice. (Effing Press, 2005)

Julia Cohen and Brandon Shimoda. Samaritan. (Dancing Girl Press, 2011)

Yu-Han Chao. Stray Cats. (Dancing Girl Press, 2015)

Jessica Piazza. This is not a Sky. (Black Lawrence Press, 2014)

Nickole Brown. To Those Who Were Our First Gods. (Rattle, 2018)

Jamaal May. The Whetting of Teeth. (Organic Weapon Arts, 2012)