Might Club (Horse Less Press, 2014)
What are your chapbooks about?
In brief, my chapbooks are about the ephemeral quality of feelings – how quickly emotions, even very intense ones, shift and morph and fade, even in the complete absence of external influence.
My two chapbooks were initially conceived as one book – but that book ended up getting split into two chapbooks. As a result, the poems in both have a lot of similarities, thematically and formally. For example, all the poems are eleven-liners.
That said, I did have to come up with a way of separating the poems into two discrete publications. I would say that the poems in Feelings have somewhat more of a lyric voice and are arranged to hint at a bit more of a narrative, while the ones in Might Club are more cheeky and, for the lack of a better word, experimental.
What are you working on now?
A novel! Preliminary title: Dogsitters Gone Wild.
What advice would you offer to an aspiring chapbook author?
Think of the chapbook (or any publication) less as proof of your own artistic merit or culmination of your own personal writing endeavors, and more as a part of a collective project that exists to connect you with a larger community of writers.
What are some of your favorite chapbooks?
To dovetail with my answer to the previous question, most of my favorite chapbooks come from the two small presses that my own chapbooks come from: Dancing Girl Press and Horse Less Press. I’ve especially met many amazing women poets through Dancing Girl Press. Both presses are labors of love that I admire for their openness and accessibility and efforts to connect poets to poets and engage them with a larger literary community.
Some of their chapbooks I recommend are Lauren Eggert-Crowe’s In the Songbird Laboratory, Lisa Cheby’s Love Lessons From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Mark Lamoureux’s Hours.
Siel Ju’s poems and stories have appeared in Denver Quarterly, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), Drunken Boat, ZYZZYVA, The Los Angeles Review, LIT, and other places. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit from Dancing Girl Press and Might Club from Horse Less Press. More of her work can be found at sielju.com.