Starting a Chapbook Press
A presentation by Peter Vanderberg of Ghostbird Press. After attending an early NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival, poet, teacher and CUNY alum Peter Vanderberg founded Ghostbird Press and began publishing three titles a year. Two years ago, he added the Birdhouse Chapbook Award for emerging writers. Peter will speak about the practical considerations of starting a chapbook press, and why he believes you should start a press of your own. Readings from the most recent Ghostbird Press authors will follow, along with a brief Q & A.
A Reading Featuring Birdhouse Chapbook 2020 awardees Ashley Somwaru and Julia Tolo
Keynote A reading by Alicia Ostriker a reading and a presentation of her hybrid-chapbook.
Poet, critic, and activist Alicia Ostriker is the author of over a dozen collections and is a much loved N.Y. State Poet Laureate. Her chapbook, Ideas of Order & Disorder, a collection of poetry and photographs, was published expressly for the Festival: “Here, Ostriker disorders accepted ideas and offers a truth that is uncomfortable, challenging, and necessary in this moment. Her words at times expose wounds and injustice, but also offer the healing power of art and love.”