Poetry News

Announcing The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange

By Harriet Staff


Public access chapbooks! Sans purchase? We said it: It's the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. Created and developed by Melissa Eleftherion and Elise Ficarra for the Poetry Center at SF State University, the PCCE is a community-curated online archive with viewable PDFs of each chapbook. More details:

The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange is a space for poets to convene, correspond, and collaborate via the currency of the poetry community: chapbooks....This cooperative model has facilitated the compilation of a diverse and richly innovative collection of poetry chapbooks for public access. We began by inviting a select group of core contributors, and have grown our collection in just a few months to comprise nearly 30 chapbooks freely available on the web.

The site currently features chapbooks from over 40 contributors, including Aja Couchois Duncan, Alli Warren, Andrea Rexilius, Becca Klaver, Caroline Goodwin, Carrie Hunter, Christina Lloyd, Donna de la Perriere, Evan Karp, Eve Wood, Frances Richard, Gemma McGrath, Jennifer Firestone, Jess Heaney, Jessica Smith, Kristy Bowen, Lara Durback, Mary Burger, Maureen Thorson, Maw Shein Win, Maya Weeks, Melissa Eleftherion, Michelle Detorie, Patrick Dunagan, Steve Gilmartin, Stephen Ratcliffe, and Trevor Calvert.

We continue to welcome new contributors, and invite you to participate in our community-curated collection. Contact melissa dot eleftherion dot gmail dot com if you'd like to participate in our chapbook exchange, or gain access to the collection as a researcher.

Browse items collected so far here. This looks like a great resource for poets looking to read out-of-print work (and to review it); but also, calling all small presses--surely you should send yours thither?

Image at top: Becca Klaver's Nonstop Pop (Bloof Books, April 2013, OOP).

Originally Published: January 23rd, 2014