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"In the past 5 years, the microchapbook has emerged as a popular form in the digital age," says instructor Alan Chazaro. "It is smaller than the chapbook, yet longer than a journal submission, allowing for the poet to zoom into miniature thematic threads and develop a voice in a matter of 10-13 pages."
In this course, we will read and discuss what makes the microchapbook such a unique form to house your ideas, identity, and brand of poetry. In discussions, we will investigate a range of published PDF microchapbooks by debut poets such as Matt Mitchell, Carla Sofia Ferreira, Gustavo Barahona-López, and Gabrielle Grace Hogan. Through workshop, we will generate material to create our own micros that will form the foundation of your small collection, which we will later submit to a list of designated places that offer publication and promotion for emerging writers via micro competitions.
"Don't let the name fool you," says Alan. "Though small in size, the micro is a big niche market worth exploring in the contemporary poetry landscape."
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco. He is currently a creative writing adjunct professor in the Bay Area, and the co-founding editor at HeadFake. Find him on Twitter @alan_chazaro.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, February 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, March 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, March 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, March 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
I loved Alan's attentive, direct, and educational style. He always had great recommendations for further reading.