Baby Adolf’s Summary of the 5th Annual CUNY Chapbook Festival


A couple of days ago Baby Adolf, the first Bambi Muse baby despot, and I met up at a McDonald’s near a Germanic bakery located somewhere on the Upper East Side.

My outfit featured, among other things, sunnies. As for Baby Adolf, his deck was brown.

Both Baby Adolf and I ordered vanilla ice cream cones. And after we ordered second vanilla ice cream cones, Baby Adolf screamed (unlike PhD’s, &c, no one at Bambi Muse is captivated by “conversation”) about how he wanted to be on HTML Giant quite badly. After all, Baby George III has been and so has Baby Marie-Antoinette. Why should the boy who will one day kill six million you-know-whos and five million other oh-who-cares be denied the chance to appear on the site run by the continually cute-looking Blake Butler?

“Maybe,” I said to Baby Adolf, at the McDonald’s near the Germanic bakery on the Upper East Side, “if you gave me three Baby Ruths, four Jujubes, and a Coca-Cola then I’ll publish your summary of the 5th-annual CUNY chapbook festival on 9 May 2013.”

Baby Adolf grumbled his assent. What follows is Baby Adolf’s summary:


On Saturday Baby Adolf, accompanied by his mommy, Klara Hitler, visited the 5th annual chapbook festival at CUNY. For some time, Baby Adolf believed CUNY was just another way to say NYU. After Saturday, though, Baby Adolf realized that they were two separate entities. NYU is a big ugly college that’s usurping the West Village, while CUNY is a big ugly building in Midtown.

The festival took place in a plain white hallway, and, according to Baby Adolf’s eyes, there wasn’t anything particular festive going on. There weren’t any military marches or bellicose speeches prophesying global war along with the resurrection of the fatherland. Unfortunately, there were too many boys who looked like they’d just blown in from Bedford as well as a fair amount of girls whose clothes suggested that they had just come here from their weekly Park Slope Lesbian Separatist meeting.

But some commendable creatures were present, like Baby Ji Yoon. She spent most of her time at the festival taking mysterious notes, as if she were spying for a certain country that starts with North and ends in Korea.



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May 9th, 2013 / 3:02 pm

Reminder: Chapbook Fair Starts Today

If you’re not a  New Yorker this post doesn’t have a lot for you–sorry–but if you’re in the city and have some free time today or tomorrow, think about coming by the CUNY Celebration of the Chapbook. There’ll be panels, and a bookfair, and whatall. Some of the presses who will be there- Belladonna, BookThug, Dancing Girl, Diagram, Sarabande, Pilot, Octopus, Small Fires, X-ing Books (I’ll be working their table, so please drop by) and many more. 

The bookfair will take place from 10 am – 6 pm on Thu, April 23 and from 10 am – 4 pm on Fri, April 24. Please arrive to the Elebash Recital Hall lobby, where the bookfair is taking place on Thu, at 9:30 AM to set up. The CUNY Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue and 34th St, diagonally from the Empire State Building, and you’ll see the Elebash Recital Hall on the left side of the Grad Center lobby when you walk in – can’t miss it.

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April 23rd, 2009 / 8:41 am

A Celebration of the Chapbook at the CUNY Grad Center in late April


For Immediate Release

We are excited to announce a wonderful event upcoming on April 23-25 in New York: A Celebration of the Chapbook, a three-day festival featuring panels, workshops and a bookfair. For a full schedule of events, visit . 

This festival celebrates the chapbook and highlights its rich history, as well as its essential place in poetry publishing today, as a vehicle for alternative poetry projects and for emerging authors and editors to gain entry into the literary marketplace. The festival hopes to forge a new platform for the study of the chapbook inside and outside the academy.

We invite you to visit the fair and attend the panels and workshops, all of which are free of charge. Please note that the workshops require registration, and will fill up fast, so reserve your seat now. Visit for instructions on how to register.


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April 8th, 2009 / 11:58 pm