Hi, Chalkboard scribblers!

How was June for you? It was really busy for us at Chalkboard.

We’re happy to see such enthusiasm for our projects and we’ve added quite a few people to our writers list. We’ve also redesigned our homepage layout in the last week, and we hope it’s easier for you to find the latest submissions, current prompts, and general information now. Let us know what you think!

Our upcoming projects have been waiting for a while to meet you in the new season, and it’s time for these babies to spread their wings. …


by Zev

Poet’s original reading

This reading, performed by the poet, is kept secret until all other readers have recorded the poem.

Other readers

Elizabeth Helmich

the alleged kat

Maitri Shah

Tamyka Bell

Kathy Jacobs

Poet’s subsequent reading

The poet is invited to re-read their poem and share their thoughts, once they’ve had a chance to listen to the other readings.

Watch this space! Zev will soon record another reading, after taking some time to hear and reflect upon everyone else’s, and may also share some thoughts about the process — and you’ll find it here.

Read our introduction to find out more about Chalkboard’s “Readings” project:

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by Elizabeth Helmich

Poet’s original reading

This reading, performed by the poet, is kept secret until all other readers have recorded the poem.

Other readers

Dewi

the alleged kat

Tamyka Bell

Indira Reddy

Zev

Poet’s subsequent reading

The poet is invited to re-read their poem and share their thoughts, once they’ve had a chance to listen to the other readings.

Watch this space! Elizabeth Helmich will soon record another reading, after taking some time to hear and reflect upon everyone else’s, and may also share some thoughts about the process — and you’ll find it here.

Read our introduction to find out more about Chalkboard’s “Readings” project:

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by Bossyhead

Poet’s original reading

This reading, performed by the poet, is kept secret until all other readers have recorded the poem.

Other readers

Dewi

Michael Stalcup

the alleged kat

Zev

Tamyka Bell

Poet’s subsequent reading

The poet is invited to re-read their poem and share their thoughts, once they’ve had a chance to listen to the other readings.

Read our introduction to find out more about Chalkboard’s “Readings” project:

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Welcome to Chalkboard

Everything you need to know to get started

Chalkboard is the home of what we’ve taken to calling asynchronous collaboration: any form of writing that calls for working with multiple people, but not all at the same time.

That’s a pretty broad definition, and that’s how we intend to keep it, because Chalkboard is an open, community-driven writing channel for everyone and every kind of writing. Every project works a little differently:

  • Sometimes, Chalkboard writers take turns adding lines or stanzas to a poem…or even whole chapters to a fiction story.
  • Sometimes we’ll erase parts of someone else’s story to find new ones.
  • Sometimes we’ll build a chain of poems, borrowing a line or two off the writers who played before us or other stories on Medium. …


Call for collaborators:

an interwoven chain of villanelles

Tamyka has been hanging out for this project for a while, because the villanelle is one of her favourite poetic forms. (Others include the acrostic golden shovel, the abhanga, and the fib poem.)

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Photo by Lum3n (Pexels)

The goal of this project is to borrow two lines from someone else’s villanelle, and use them as the refrains in your own. This project is super simple…except maybe for the part where you write a villanelle. But trust us — it’s easier than a sestina!

About the villanelle

A villanelle has nineteen lines, organised into five tercets and a quatrain, with two repeating rhyme sounds (aba). But eight of those lines are taken up with one of two refrains, (A1, A2); once they’re written, you just need to come up with another five a-lines (that rhyme with A1 and A2) and six b-lines (their own rhyme). …


Call for collaborators:

an interpretive dance of the spoken word

We invite you to join us on this journey as a poet, a reader, or both. To sign up:

  • as a reader, respond to this story
  • as a contributing poet, enter your details (including a link to your poem) in this Google Form.

We also welcome creative responses in other forms, So if you’d rather express yourself through visual art or musical composition, please do!

Keep reading for submission details!

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Photo by Alexandr Ivanov (Pixabay)

Poems are meant to be read out loud — but by whom?

Introduction, by Tamyka Bell

The writer of any text is just one of many possible readers, and each reader brings to their reading a unique set of life experiences that dramatically affect how they interpret the text. The same text can mean two completely different things to two people, and both those meanings can be the opposite of what the writer intended. …


It’s been another busy month for Chalkboard. So busy, in fact, that we’ve now got more than 2K followers. So thank you everyone for helping make Chalkboard what it is: the home of asynchronous collaboration!

Now, we Chalkboard editors love Medium as much as the rest of you, but we aren’t fans of the constant algorithm tweaks, and we hate the thought of anyone missing out on our project news. So here’s a quick run-down of what’s coming and going on Chalkboard.

Submit here!

The Murder Room is a short fiction project, where writers are invited to reuse the same cast of characters in their very own murder mystery. …

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