Shanna Compton


The Quotidian Bee: New weekdaily zine at Medium

Last week, Bloof Books officially launched our new weekdaily poetry zine, the Quotidian Bee, featuring selections from small press books, chapbooks & magazines. Submissions will open in January. One poem at a time, with links to the publishers for more information & ordering. Please come & browse.

First week archives


MON 11/16/15  
"Self-Portrait as Shop Window" by Patricia Spears Jones

TUE 11/17/15    
"Dear Other:" by Megan Burns

WED 11/18/15      
"That Outfit Is Smart Because It References Pamela Des Barres" by Gina Abelkop

THU 11/19/15      
"Layla" by Lauren Clark

FRI 11/20/15      
"Untitled" by Marisa Crawford

The Quotidian Bee


This weekend in Philadelphia

I'll be at the Bloof Books bookfair table Thursday through Saturday, for Philalalia.

And this event Friday night.


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:


By the Cover & the Coldfront Countdown

Oh hey, January was been busy and I forgot to mention here that I have a new gig! I'm writing about book design for the new lit and culture website Real Pants, edited by Amy McDaniel & Adam Robinson. (They're having a launch party tonight in NYC.)

Cayla Lockwood altered image piece says "lick your own wounds i'm on a diet"
Cayla Lockwood: Lick your own wounds. I'm on a diet.
Yolo Pages
The column is called By the Cover, and is more at-a-glance-plus-a-peek-inside discussion than the classic book review. In other words, I start by looking at the book, and then see how its design speaks to its content. I'll be doing these twice a month, on Thursdays.

My first two columns have already gone up.

In the first one, I take a look at deadfalls & snares by Samantha Giles (Futurepoem, 2014), and Living in the Love Economy, a chapbook by Patricia Spears Jones (Overpass, 2014).

In the second installment, Great Pretenders, I went a little bit nuts, because it's sort of a trend piece about faux finishes. So I cover more than I probably normally will be cramming into a single post, including: The Baltimore Atrocities by John Dermot Woods (Coffee House, 2014), Mimer by Lance Phillips (Ahsahta, 2014), The Yolo Pages anthology (Boost House, 2014), and a chapbook called many a holy and obsequious tear by Carolina Maugeri (Horse Less).

I also reviewed Claudia Rankine's book Citizen, for the #1 spot in Coldfront's Top 40 Poetry Books of 2014 countdown. (Scroll to bottom. But check out the whole list of 40—so many great books!)

As always, I'm working on a lot of overlapping projects for Bloof too. Did you see the announcement of our 2015 chapbook series? Subscriptions are available for the year's chapbooks, books, or everything.


Recent & Current Reading*

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Random House, 2010

deadfalls and snares by Samantha Giles (my review at Real Pants)
Futurepoem, 2014

Living in the Love Economy by Patricia Spears Jones (my review at Real Pants)
Overpass, 2014

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Random House, 2008

Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design by Denise Bosler
HOW Books, 2012

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (review forthcoming in Coldfront)
Graywolf, 2014

Rain of the Future by Valerie Mejer, trans. by C.D. Wright
Action, 2014

Authority: Book 2 of the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
FSG, 2014

Annihilation: Book 1 of the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
FSG, 2014

MaddAddam: Book 3 of the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Knopf Doubleday, 2014

Year of the Flood: Book 2 of the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Knopf Doubleday, 2009

Oryx & Crake: Book 1 of the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (reread)
Knopf Doubleday, 2004

Red Doc> by Anne Carson
Knopf Doubleday, 2013

+ approx. 300 poetry chapbook manuscripts since October

*Not necessarily chronological or exhaustive, but I'm attempting to keep a list of most of what I read. Not including browsing (which is how I tend to read poetry and magazines, sorry) or research/resource stuff like Famous Trees of Texas (Texas A&M, 1970) though I am, indeed, also reading those things.