Welcome to the CUNY Chapbook Festival!


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Postcard cover, handwritten journal

The CUNY Chapbook Festival is back on! While the physical event (originally scheduled for March 2020) has been cancelled, we are excited to offer a series of virtual events in Spring 2021. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Presentation and Performance
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Keynote: Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse) presents a talk on the history of the chapbook and its crucial place for emerging and experimental writers of all genres.

“After party:” Cornelius Eady Trio, a reading and performance.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Panel and Readings
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Process & Collaboration: Designing Poetry Chapbooks in the Book Arts
Panel featuring Aurora de Armendi, Faride Mereb, Erika Morillo, and Jenna Hamed of the Center for Book Arts.

City University of New York MFA Reading: Four alumni will read from their chapbooks.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Presentation and Readings
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Starting a Chapbook Press: Presented by Peter Vanderberg of Ghostbird Press.

Birdhouse Chapbook 2020 awardees, Ashley Somwaru and Julia Tolo , a reading.

Alicia Ostriker, a reading and presentation of her hybrid-chapbook.

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Exhibitions and Pre-recorded Programs

Stay tuned for more asynchronous programming, including digital chapbooks and archives, guides to making chapbooks, a virtual bookfair,  digital galleries and archives, and more!

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