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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Until I Couldn't by Claire Scott

Until I Couldn't by Claire Scott

Until I Couldn’t is a moving and well crafted collection of poems expressing a longing to belong, to find a home. The poems invite the reader to join a world at times menacing, barren or lonely. Poems range from a childhood riddled with alcoholism and indifference through wrestling with meaning in a world with bumbling gods. The opening poem, “Moth-Hour,” sets the tone for the collection: “Miss Landon taught us the world/is round the world is flat/moth’s hearts fail/people fall...
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Vinnie by Janet McCann

Vinnie by Janet McCann

Vinnie peers into the mind of the sister overlooked by history, who kept the household going and defended Emily’s reputation against rumor and judgment. These poems, in part based on Vinnie’s 1851 diary, help to fill out her image and give her the role she deserves. Janet McCann taught for 46 years at A&M. Now retired and widowed, she lives with her two large, unruly dogs in Texas, and volunteer-teaches at the prison. Her work has appeared in KANSAS QUARTERLY, PARNASSUS, NIMROD, SOU'WESTER,...
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Window Left Open by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen

Window Left Open by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen

A collection of haiku filled with imagery, epiphany, and mind expanding journeys. Ayaz Daryl Nielsen creates tiny scenes that pack a punch in just a few words. Each poem is untitled, drawing the reader into the scene without pretense or introduction. Suddenly, readers are swimming in pools of language and meaning, each pool deeper than the next. Immerse yourself in Nielsen’s world. “American haiku, wry and humane.” ~Alan Catlin; Editor, Misfit Magazine “A fine collection of modern...
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You/Wee: Poems from a Father by Sidney Thompson

You/Wee: Poems from a Father by Sidney Thompson

About the Book: Poets such as Beth Ann Fennelly have explored the evocative, transformative nature of motherhood, but where is the fatherhood companion? Sidney Thompson generously answers with You/Wee—eighteen poems addressed prayer-like to his first-born daughter. Thompson serves as witness to his daughter’s conception, her birth, and her discoveries into toddlerhood, in addition to his own developments and discoveries as a father and child. The mother’s experience, too, is a source of...
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High Water Lines by Lauren Scharhag

High Water Lines by Lauren Scharhag

High Water Lines is a swan song for the American dream, where the notion persists that anyone can still pull themselves up by the bootstraps to escape poverty. This is a collection of poems for the working poor, especially those that dwell in the places deemed “flyover country.” These poems are for anyone who has ever had to pick up and move to chase a job or escape eviction, for anyone who has ever had to punch a time clock or bust their hump for a measly tip, for anyone seeking a better...
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Toward a Peeping Sunrise by Carole Mertz

Toward a Peeping Sunrise by Carole Mertz

Toward a Peeping Sunrise follows an arc: it wakes (with its somewhat surreal opening), gathers momentum at “Dolly’s Broke” and “Ballast,” then mellows into the final two rhymed poems, the only two written in rhyme. “That this Blue Exists…” is a puzzle formed by the piecing together of titles of 14 authors’ works. This poem won the August 2017 Wilda Morris Poetry Challenge. Carole created the ‘Title Poem’ while reading Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. Other authors came to...
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A Tale of Water by Sandra Marshburn

A Tale of Water by Sandra Marshburn

A Tale of Water contains twenty poems that were written with life on Edisto Island, South Carolina, in mind. The author, originally a Midwesterner who grew up near Lake Michigan, already liked water before she moved to Edisto, but salt water, hurricanes, creeks, wading birds, maritime forests, and the importance of bridges to life on an island serve as new material for her. Edisto Island offers more than incredible scenery to think and write about: serious challenges to its shorelines from...
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An August Nightmare by Stephen Dudas

An August Nightmare by Stephen Dudas

About the book: Part love poem, part speculative memoir, An August Nightmare is an exploration of grief and fear, the fear of grief. If loss can haunt a loved one left behind, how might one find what remains of himself within the shatter? Dudas takes up this question in a collection of prose fragments that unsettle familiar spaces to imagine how a particular emptiness moves in. About the poet: Stephen Dudas teaches at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He earned an MA in Creative Writing from...
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Ashes of Memories by Jen Emmerich

Ashes of Memories by Jen Emmerich

True stories of loss over differing cultures and times in history. Emmerich is a native Canadian, a soldier’s daughter, and a daughter of communism. She has spent all of her professional life in the mental health field where she currently practices as a psychotherapist in Sedona, AZ. Through the experiences of her parents and clients, she has learned much about suffering, pain, and joy. Ashes of Memories sifts the voices of her past. Through her words and extraordinary talents, you are...
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Bad for the Heart by Howie Good

Bad for the Heart by Howie Good

About the poet: Howie Good has been a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz since 1985. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bard College, his master’s from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. from University of Michigan. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked on daily newspapers in Michigan, North Carolina, and North Dakota. He has written scholarly books on media ethics and the image of journalists in American popular culture as well as...
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