Chapbook Series

The Prolific Press Chapbook Series celebrates the tradition of chapbooks the world over. Chapbooks are smaller collections. Inclusion is very selective, making our chapbooks highly collectible.



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Relic and Myth by Jeanne Julian

Relic and Myth by Jeanne Julian

Relic and Myth is a collection of narratives. Characters include an 11-year-old diarist, a transplant patient, and a hip-hop princess. The author shed the skin of an Ohioan who went to church every Sunday as she moved from the heartland to Massachusetts, and then to North Carolina. She has traveled in all fifty states. Some of this questing spirit appears in the poems. They have an American feel, as they move from a Native American pueblo to the nation’s capital to a Southern quilt show. This...
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Drowning at the Pool Party for Lifeguards by Timothy Martin

Drowning at the Pool Party for Lifeguards by Timothy Martin

Drowning at the Pool Party for Lifeguards visits the intersection of the broadly historical and the deeply personal, and explores how each works to inform the other. Mingling with poems about the Nazi resistance, World War I, and Civil War burials are verses about personal relationships both successful and otherwise, and a number of other subjects. A reticent father, a romantically grounded farmer, and the avaricious widow of a seventeenth-century adventurer are a few of the characters and...
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XXX (thirty) by Xavier Pastrano

XXX (thirty) by Xavier Pastrano

The searching for one’s sense of self is a journey that never ends; however, significant milestones that shed light on who an individual truly is, are often times marked by age. In XXX (thirty), Xavier Pastrano explores the insights and experiences of his early thirties, observing and analyzing his milestone moments through a candid and, at times, poignant lens. One key milestone that Pastrano examines in XXX (thirty) is race and identity. As a mixed race individual who grew up with a single,...
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On the Jefferson Line by Eve Ott

On the Jefferson Line by Eve Ott

About the book: A bus trip in the fall of 2016 from Kansas City, Missouri to Minneapolis, Minnesota. It couldn’t be more “American heartland” than that. But if you’re thinking farmers in coveralls or sweet, little ladies balancing apple pies on their laps, think again. The passengers on this bus appear wearing hijabs, Nigerian geles, and little white bonnets. The trip includes musical boys with hair braided into elaborate crowns, men in broad-brimmed hats, and tall, slender Somalians....
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Pixelated Tears by Kaecey McCormick

Pixelated Tears by Kaecey McCormick

About the book: Pixelated Tears explores the varied nature of the female through a poetic lens with surprising language, explosive imagery, and emotional impact. In this collection of childhood memories and fantasies, adult ponderings and observations, and personal reflections, Kaecey McCormick documents the feminine experience with tenderness, humor, and candor. About the poet: Kaecey McCormick is a language artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds bachelor degrees in...
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The White Forest by Joel Van Valin

The White Forest by Joel Van Valin

Joel Van Valin’s first collection of poetry is a stroll through a lyrical forest filled with sonnets, aubades, hymns, spells and love poems. His verse signals a return to form, evoking Frost, Millay, Dickinson and Byron. Joel Van Valin is the publisher of the literary journal Whistling Shade, which he founded in 2001. He is the author of a time travel novel, The Grand Dissolute (2015), and a fantasy novel, The Flower of Clear Burning (2002), and he often blogs for the time travel website...
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Final Inventory by David Anthony Sam

Final Inventory by David Anthony Sam

About the Book: Final Inventory contains the deeply personal poetry by the author, David Anthony Sam, written as his mother was dying and in the years after. Here, Sam celebrates his mother’s life and her impact on him, grapples with her dying and his helplessness to ease her from this life, and mourns her by “mothering himself a new life” absent her powerful presence. Words are a gift his mother gave him, given that she loved to read and was an author herself albeit with few...
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Lyrics from the Central Plateau by Tim Gavin

Lyrics from the Central Plateau by Tim Gavin

The poems in Lyrics from the Central Plateau express the tension between the dominant culture and the developing world culture of Haiti, as witnessed by the speaker who is deeply rooted in serving marginalized, yet resilient, Haitians. These poems are set in the remote place of Cerca, Haiti, which is home to a resilient people who live off the little that the land yields. The poems express the anxiety, joy, regret, anguish, glory and affirmation of the speaker who is trying to collaborate with...
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Catch as Kitsch Can by Rodd Whelpley

Catch as Kitsch Can by Rodd Whelpley

About the book: Kitsch is the Evel Knievel lunchbox you’ve stored in the basement, the complete set (two issues) of the Courtship of Eddie’s Father comic novels that won’t yield space on your bookshelf, the eighteen sharply creased love notes Audrey Francisco (now gone from bladder cancer) wrote you the nine days she loved you in 7th grade. They are bound in the rainbow ribbon she pulled from her hair, kissed and offered you between second and third periods on a Tuesday in October....
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Old Friends at a Party by Les Bohem

Old Friends at a Party by Les Bohem

A book of short poems about things Les saw, or wished he had seen, or is very sorry indeed that he saw. Les Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls‚” (if you grew up on Revenge of the Nerds, you know it). At the same time, he was holding down a day job as the bass player with the band, Sparks. After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, he...
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