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poetry chapbooks

Since its inception in 1974, The Center for Book Arts has supported the production of beautiful presentations of the printed word. In 2005 we celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of our annual Chapbook Competition. Each year we invite manuscript submissions, and 600 to 1,000 poets respond. The winning manuscript is 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. The winning poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading.

Each year we also publish a chapbook by one of the Competition's judges. You can purchase these chapbooks below, and besides getting a beautiful book of outstanding poetry, you will be helping to support this internationally acclaimed program.

If you'd prefer to order by phone, please call (212) 481-0295.


Sandra  Beasley, None In the Same Room: Poems from The Traveler's Vade Mecum
Winning manuscript of the 2013 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed and bound by Swamp Press in an edition of 100.  (2013)     $75  

Harryette  Mullen, Broken Glish: Five Prose Poems
Judge of the 2013 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed and bound by Delphi Basilicato in an edition of 100.  (2013)     $250  

Phillis  Levin, Tabula Rasa
Judge of the 2012 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed and bound by Delphi Basilicato in an edition of 100.  (2012) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $60  

V. Penelope  Pelizzon, Human Field
Winning manuscript of the 2012 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed and bound by Ed Rayher, Swamp Press in an edition of 100.  (2012) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Nehassaiu  deGannes, Undressing the River
Winner of the 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed and bound by Ed Rayher, Swamp Press in an edition of 100.  (2011) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Kimiko  Hahn, Boxes with Respect
Judge of the 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed, embroidered and bound by Ana Cordeiro and Brigid Ellen Ewald.  (2011) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $350  

Alexander  Long, Still Life
Winning chapbook in the 2010 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Printed and bound in an edition of 100 by Barbara Henry.  (2010) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Terrence  Hayes, Between Ghosts
Judge of the 2010 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Printed and bound in an edition of 100 by Amber McMillan.  (2010) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Kim  Addonizio, ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
Judge's book from the 2009 chapbook competition.
Printed on Masa paper with waxed Ururya cover and a vellum wrapper. Set in Franklin Book and Centaur. Designed and printed by Delphi Basilicato. The edition is 100 signed and numbered copies.  (2009) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $100  

Bonnie Jo Campbell, LOVE LETTERS to Sons of Bitches
The manuscript for this book won the 2009 Poetry Chapbook Competition at The Center for Book Arts.
Set in French Round Face with titling in Flash by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. Designed and printed on a Vandercook Proof Press by Barbara Henry. The edition is 100 signed and numbered copies.  (2009) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Robert  Ostrom, To Show the Living
Winner of the 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Printed and bound by Barbara Henry in an edition of 100.  (2008) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Tomaz  Salamun, Flower
Judge of the 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Designed and letterpress printed by Amber McMillan in an edition of 100.  (2008) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Robert  Ostrom, To Show the Living
Winner of the 2008 Poetry Chapook Competition
Designed, bound, and letterpress printed by Barbara Henry in an edition of 100 signed and numbered copies.  (2008) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Eric  Pankey, Objects and Mementos
Winner of the 2007 Poetry Chapook Competition
Designed, printed and bound by Barbara Henry in an edition of 100.  (2007) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Jane  Hirshfield, The Present
Judge of the 2007 Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Designed, printed and bound by Shanna Yarbrough in an edition of 100.  (2007) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $100  

Jesse Lee  Kercheval, Film History as Train Wreck
2006 Chapbook Competition winning entry
Letterpress printed by Barbara Henry in an edition of 100. Signed and numbered.  (2006) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $100  

Albert  Goldbarth, The Book
Albert Goldbarth judged the 2006 Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed by Amber McMillan in an edition of 100. Signed and numbered, includes slipcase.  (2006) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Sharon  Dolin, Entreaty to Indecision
Printed in an edition of 100 by Delphi Basilicato on St. Armand paper with Perpetua text font and Felix title font. Original monograph by Delphi Basilicato. Tir-fold; 7"x 5"; Signed and numbered by Sharon Dolin.  (2006) sold out

Jean  Valentine, Strange Lights
Jean Valentine judged the 2005 Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed by Roni Gross in an edition of 100. Signed and numbered.  (2005)     $75  

Ailish  Hopper, Bird in the Head
2005 Chapbook Competition winning entry
Letterpress printed by Barbara Henry in an edition of 100. Signed and numbered  (2005) sold out

Jeffrey  Skinner, Salt Mother, Animal Dad
2004 Chapbook Competition winning entry
Letterpress printed and hand bound by Nancy Loeber in an edition of 100.  (2004) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $100  

C. K .  Williams, Interrogation II
C.K. Williams judged the 2004 Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed and hand bound by Roni Gross in an edition of 150.  (2004) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $100  

L.B.  Thompson, Tendered Notes: Poems of Love & Money
2003 Chapbook Competition winning entry.
In an edition of 100. Letterpress printed by Roni Gross  (2003) sold out

Marie  Howe, Poems from the Life of Mary
Marie Howe judged the 2003 Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed by Nancy Loeber in an edition of 100. Signed and numbered.  (2003) sold out

Lynn  Emmanuel, Self Portrait with Words
Lynn Emmanuel judged the 2002 Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed by Fameorshame Press.  (2002) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Rachel  Zucker, Annunciation
2002 Chapbook Competition winning entry.
In an edition of 100. Letterpress printed by Roni Gross.  (2002) sold out

Billy  Collins, Good Dog, Bad Dog
Billy Collins judged the 2001 Chapbook Competition.
Letterpress printed from polymer plates, a pamplet bound book of two poems. In an edition of 200 by Paul Moxon.  (2001) sold out

Sharon  Dolin, The Seagull
2001 Poetry Chapbook Competition Judge
Letterpress printed from polymer plates by Paul Moxon. Illustration by Peter Schell. An edition of 100.  (2001) sold out

Jack  Ridl, Against Elegies
2001 Chapbook Competition Winner
Letterpress printed from polymer plates in an edition of 100 by Paul Moxon.  (2001) sold out

Rachel  Hadas, Two Poems
2000 Poetry Chapbook Competition Judge
Letterpress printed by Barry Magid. An edition of 100 signed and numbered.  (2000)     $75  

Terri  Witek, Courting Couples
2000 Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner
Letterpress printed by Max Koch. An edition of 100 signed and numbered.  (2000) sold out

Donald  Platt, Leap Second at the Turn of the Millenium
1999 Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner
Letterpress printed by Russell Maret. An edition of 100 signed and numbered.  (1999)     $75  

Eaven  Boland, Limitations
Eaven Boland judged the 2000 Chapbook Competition
Letterpress printed by Barry Magid; 25 specially bound in Khadi natural black covers; title and colophon calligraphy by Malachi McCormick.  (1999) sold out
Letterpress printed by Barry Magid; 75 copies sewn into Rossi medieval chant wrappers.  (1999) sold out

James  Haug, Fox Luck
1998 Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner
Letterpress printed by Carol Sturm. An edition of 100 signed and numbered  (1998) Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $75  

Gerald  Stern, Last Blue
1998 Poetry Chapbook Competition Judge
Letterpress printed by Dim Gray Bar Press, a signed edition of 75.  (1998) sold out

Mark  Doty, An Island Sheaf
Mark Doty judged the 1997 Chapbook Competition
Set in Joanna Monotype by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed letterpress on Arches paper by Barry Magid at the Center for Book Arts in an edition of 125, each signed by the author.  (1998) sold out

Judith  Vollmer, Black Butterfly
1997 Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner
10 deluxe copies in boards  (1997) sold out
Letterpress printed by Barry Magid. An edition of 100 signed and numbered. 90 copies bound in Beckett Ridge wrappers  (1997)     $75  

Andrew  Kaufman, Cinnamon Bay Sonnets
1996 Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner
Letterpress printed under the direction of Russell Maret. An edition of 100 signed and numbered  (1996)     $75  

Robert  Ostrom, To Show the Living
Winner of the 2008 Poetry Chapook Competition
Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $  
Available through Oak Knoll Press.     $  


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