Thursday, April 2, 7:00PM
Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre -50 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
The Poetry Society of America launched the PSA Chapbook Fellowship Program in 2003 to encourage and support talented poets who have not yet published a first book. Each year, four distinguished contemporary poets select and introduce a chapbook by a new poet. Since the inception of the program, the PSA has introduced 44 new voices—next spring, the total will grow to 48. The inaugural and enduring design for the chapbooks was honored with an award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the chapbooks are copyedited by a poet who was a longtime New Yorker copyeditor.
A uniquely supportive publication opportunity, the Fellowship provides exposure, mentorship, and career-building resources for promising poets in the earliest stages of their careers. Six years ago, PSA built on the program’s early momentum by joining with the CUNY Chapbook Festival. Each year, the Festival is scheduled to coincide with the launch of the new set of Chapbooks. This year’s reading will take place at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre. Readers include the 2015 Chapbook Fellows along with the judges who selected them, HL Hazuka (with Forrest Gander), Max Ritvo (with Jean Valentine), Eva Maria Saavedra (with Marilyn Hacker), and Callie Siskel (with Elizabeth Alexander). A reception with all with follow the reading.