Wikipedia may say “The chapbook from ‘Chapbook and the Gang’, was swan-grey seeded into Middle English during the evening (c.1387).  It is old and often tells the story of how it was generalized in its youth by the twelfth-century ‘Ideinauts’ who were infamous in their time for bar-fights and petitioning for the conservation of the last Dragon.”

The chapbook is about ideas. New things not yet hard-bound. To see your own work up here take a look at our 'submissions' page for guidelines.

Calender John Bowman

Vol XIII: Calendar

John Bowman (28.5.10)


Experimental, challenging and bloody brilliant.


John Bowman delivers a chapbook that takes its time - builds over the months and maps out in little squares the madness of the day to day.




Life is For us to Keep

Vol XII: Life is For Us to Keep

Paul Handley (21.5.10)


Yolks Like Moons or Language Dominatrix? You are cordially invited to pull mad-sad shapes at the Pity Party.

Paul Handley’s ‘Life is for Us to Keep’ is a discussion of modern day America yet the trials, laughs and aspirations detailed within are those that we all share. Also, watch out for the monsters.




Little Kingdom

Vol XI: Little Kingdom

J Michael Wahlgren(14.5.10)


Music to your eyes. Silkworms Ink presents J Michael Wahlgren’s ‘Little Kingdom –  an exploration of the relationship between poetry and music in chapbook form. Wahlgren writes out sound for you to read and hear and to see the natural connection between the two.




Selected Poems Peter Branson

Vol X: Selected Poems

Peter Branson (7.5.10)


A special treat for volume ten - 'Selected Poems' by Peter Branson. A fantastic chapbook from an extremely accomplished poet. Branson plays sweet melodies with rhythm and balances out the palette with savory words worth savoring.

Complete with some wonderful illustrations from Louise Wright.



Intimations of the Wolf

Vol IX: Intimations of the Wolf

Corey Mesler (30.4.10)


Maybe the profile of ‘The Wolf’ built from accounts of events that took place is wrong – maybe  Little Red Riding Hood lied. Corey Mesler’s fantastically poignant and comic recalibration of the ‘wolf’ is a delight to read. The wolf, ravenous for intimacy may not exist but can still has the power to teach us about thirst and being.




Vol VIII: The OIympian and other very short stories

Vol VIII: Short Stories

Jen Spyra (23.4.10)


Jen Spyra dishes out a smorgasbord of sharp-shooting wit and licks of the surreal. This latest chapbook features an unusual newsletter, the ultimate athlete and a surprisingly well-written porno. Laugh out loud or laugh in quietly (if you are on a train or a bus). Either way, read it.  



Vol VII - Sigging

Vol VII: Sigging

Josh Jones (16.4.10)


An interesting chapbook indeed. A short story that treads on the toes of a long prose poem. chock-a-bloc full of humour, experimentation, and punch. Josh Jones delivers on all fronts and demands to be read from the first line to the end. Take a look at 'Sigging'.


Vol VI: Hot Mamas and Little Gangsta - Kyle H

Vol VI: Hot Mamas and Little Gangstas

Kyle Hemmings (9.4.10)


A new voice from New Jersey; Kyle Hemmings. In this latest chapbook ‘Hot Mamas and Little Gangstas’ he takes us on a stroll down a bizarre boulevard, not bound to time or place, where violet lemmings frequent and bunny slippers patrol. Some truly cracking verse, full of humour and stark reality. Very cool indeed.


On Not Rushing at Waterfalls

Vol V:On Not Rushing at Waterfalls

David Morley (2.4.10)


In this latest chapbook collection, internationally renowned poet, naturalist and lecturer David Morley explores the arcane and the simple, the flowing and the still dimensions of fauna and flora. On Not Rushing At Waterfalls contains some of David’s more experimental work, including a series of caligrammes that have been recreated as natural sculptures in Strid Wood, Yorkshire, as well as ‘traditional’ poems like ‘Barden Tower’. A must-read for any fan of poetry, the world around us, or anyone who just enjoys great writing.

The Moon Under Water

Vol IV: The Moon Under Water

Phil Brown (26.3.10)


Significantly of our times, ‘The Moon Under Water’ delves straight into the nitty-gritty of English culture. Full of characters you have never met but strangely know. Empirical and witty, it feels at times back stage, as it escorts you into secret spots and allows you to witness what you don’t normally see; unless of course you too have delved that deep. Quite simply, this is seriously good and not to be missed.



Rules of the Kitchen

Vol III: Rules of the Kitchen

Sam Kinchin-Smith (19.3.10)


A startling new chapbook from Sam Kinchin-Smith. Audacious, shocking, funny and fresh, ‘Rules of the Kitchen’ may change the way you look at the domestic forever. From threesomes in Southwold to Othello’s Rodrigo and addressing an iPod Sam Kinchin-Smith captures what poetry can do for us for now. It is a welcome addition to the Silkworms Ink poetry collection and certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.


We grow old because we stop being poets

Vol II: We grow old because we stop being poets

Jack McGowan (12.3.10)


Tasty stuff. Jack McGowan hits home with some fantastic imagery to deliver a cracking second chapbook in the Silkworms Ink saga. His analysis of the horrors of modern life – trudging past blood, broken teeth, vomit, hoodies, posh-boater-wearing types and rugby lads all in the same small village is not to be missed.


Baby & Pop

Vol I: Baby & Pop

Jon Ware (5.3.10)


Being the first ever Silkworms Ink Chapbook we decided to kick off with a bang. Although, if you make a bang somewhere deep in a dark cave where no one is around to hear, do you make a sound? This is the story of Baby & Pop, a story of a man and a small plastic doll, trapped in pitch-black caves, surrounded by water. A scintillating piece of fiction that drags you down into the deep and doesn’t let go. It leaves you with taste of damp moss and a yearning for more.