Shanna Compton


Interview at Tiny Press Practices

Carmelo Valone interviewed me for the CalArts Tiny Press Practices blog (for a book arts–focused class taught by Jen Hofer). We talked about the Bloof Books series of ‪handmade‬ ‪poetry‬ ‪chapbooks‬, including recent ones by Jackie Clark and Daniel Borzutzky, as well as humor, politics, how small presses create space for new voices, and the first chapbook I bought for my personal stash in Austin, TX in the mid 90s.

Here's the link.


Tomorrow in Brooklyn I'm reading with Hoa Nguyen at Studio Dynaco

Tomorrow in Brooklyn!

Posted by Shanna Compton on Saturday, May 16, 2015


Upcoming Readings: May

Witches having tea in Wales

Sunday, May 17 @ 3:30 PM in Brooklyn, NY

Shanna Compton & Hoa Nguyen
1112 Bedford Avenue 
More info 

Sunday, May 24 @ 2:00 PM in Ardmore, PA 

Barn Swallow Reading 
Shanna Compton & Elinor Nauen
Details to come


If you're looking for me in Minneapolis this week…

 …this is where I'll be. 

Poster by Erik Brandt,

4/8 Wednesday • 7PM

Bloof + Coconut + Saturnalia: The New Century*
Opening Night Party & Performance
New Century Theater
615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145

Bloof + Coconut at last year's Philalalia bookfair

4/9, 4/10, 4/11 Thursday–Saturday • 9AM–5PM

Bookfair Table 1633: Bloof + Coconut
Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC)
1301 Second Avenue
Halls B & C, Level 1

4/10 Friday • 1:30PM

F206: DIY Small Press Publishing (panel)
Room 101 J, Level 1 

4/11 Saturday • 7PM

Bloof + Coconut Wrap Party & Performance*
Mason's Restaurant Barre, 2nd Floor, Tek Box Theater
528 Hennepin Avenue South

* The offsite parties are free & no registration is required. + Bookfair and panel events require AWP registration. See their site for details. ‪#‎AWP15‬


NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival + Poets & Writers Panel Next Week

Making Sympathetic Nervous System from Bloof Books on Vimeo.

Above is a five-minute documentary I made with Jackie Clark, to show the making of her Bloof Books chapbook Sympathetic Nervous System. (More about the chapbook here.) The Poetry Society of America is also featuring the video and a Q&A in their chapbook publishers feature. I go on and on about chapbooks—why I love them, why I make them, what experiences they can bring to their authors and readers

I'm participating in this panel at CUNY as part of NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival next week. It's free and sponsored by Poets & Writers Magazine.

Nuts, Bolts & Beyond: How to Get Your Work into PrintThursday: April 2 at 11:00 AMThe Center for the Humanities365 Fifth Ave, C-LevelNew York, NY
Join chapbook publishers and authors discussing the collaborative publishing process, innovative forms and expanding genres, and how to get your work into print. Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks with chapbook publishers and authors to discuss the collaborative publishing process, innovative forms and expanding genres, and how to get your work into print. Featuring Shanna Compton and Jackie Clark of Bloof Books, Joe Pan and Dominique Townsend of Brooklyn Arts Press, Bianca Stone and Alina Gregorian of Monk Books, Emily Skillings and Emily Brandt of No, Dear, and MC Hyland and JenMarie Macdonald of DoubleCross Press.

And the chapbook festival itself (of which this event is a part) is wonderful if you are into small press, DIY book arts, and poetry, comics, short fiction, and art in chapbook form. Everything is free. No registration is required. I will be there all day at the Bloof table (except during this panel) so come say hello.

This festival is particularly student-friendly with some youth-oriented panels and readings, so tell your NYC-area classes.

NYC/CUNY #chapfest begins March 30. 

Full schedule: