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2021 Chapbook Competition Awardees’ Online Reading & Publication Launch
This reading and publications launch celebrates our 2021 Chapbook Competition winner, Bianca Rae Messinger, and runners-up, Dujie Tahat & Benjamin Aleshire, moderated by the competition’s 2021 guest judge, Simone White!

We will also hear from the artists who designed, printed, and assembled this year’s publications: CBA 2021 Book Artists-in-Residence, Alva Mooses & Oswaldo Garcia; CBA Instructor, Yuchen Chang; and CBA Administrative Assistant, Allison Carter-Beaulé.

Of Messinger’s winning manuscript Parallel Bars, White says, “This group of poems changes on each page, apparently enacting what it says, ‘feeling what it’s like to feel things over a continuum instead of a sharp peak and valley.’ It’s not that this sentiment is so much a breakthrough (this statement is not unlike William James’ about ‘feelings of and,’ to take one example of how the century has dealt with writing feelings)—it’s the invention of an explosive, wry diagrammatic specific talking that makes the group of poems so great and makes them stand independent, wanting their own small book.”

Dec 9, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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