The Art of the Poetry Chapbook with Brooke Sahni

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Meeting will take place in the Poetry Center's Alumni Room, Room 205; limit 12 students. SOLD OUT- Please contact Paola Valenzuela at if you would like to enter the waiting list.

A poetry chapbook, often defined as a short book containing 30 or fewer pages, is becoming an increasingly popular form. Kelli Russell Agodon, whose sold-out chapbook, Geography, was one of Floating Bridge Press’ best sellers, talked about how the experience of having a chapbook had benefited her: “[The chapbook] helped me understand the publishing process a little better before my full-length collection. Also, crafting the chapbook really allowed me to focus on one particular subject.” Lana Ayers, editor and publisher at Concrete Wolf, a chapbook publisher, says, “Chapbooks provide an opportunity for authors to produce tightly woven or themed collections.” We will begin this workshop talking about the chapbook, focusing on themed or linked poems and the importance of ordering. We will look at examples from writers such as Leila Chatti, Layli Long Solider, and Kelli Russell Agodon, before diving into our own generative exercises. We will also discuss avenues for chapbook publication.