I write poetry chapbook reviews as a free service for both emerging and established authors. I enjoy the chapbook form for its brevity and conciseness, its ability to be focused and expansive all at once. And of course I enjoy reading poetry. (If you have a longer work, please see “Longer Works” below.) For an example of my work, read my review of Lesley Clinton’s “Calling the Garden from the Grave.“
Before submitting a review request, please be sure that your work meets the following guidelines:
- Published within the past two years (or forthcoming within the same).
- Contains no more than 30 poems.
- Includes at least one formal poem (e.g., a sonnet or a villanelle).
If you would like me to review your work, please send an email to john[at]jdgrahamauthor[dot]com with “Poetry Review Request” in the subject line. Do not attach any files to your initial email. In the body, please write a brief description of your chapbook and a very short biographical statement. As I am able, I will return your email with a request for a review copy of your chapbook (either physical or digital will work, I am not picky).
I am open to writing reviews of longer collections of poetry, or of short story or essay collections. If you have a longer piece that you would like me to review, please email john[at]jdgrahamauthor[dot]com and put “Review Query” in the subject line.