TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics


Issue Archives

Read past electronic issues—updated for increased accessibility.

Everything from 2013 to this year’s volume can be found here.

Tab Journal at AWP

The print issue of Tab Journal is distributed at the AWP Bookfair every year.

Open Reading & Special Feature

Check out our submission guidelines! There is no fee to submit.

Deadline for Book-Spine Poems for Pandemic Times: June 15, 2020

Check out Tab Musings Blog

We share updates, featured work from the archives, and poetry news.

”Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought.
They’re all necessary and they’re all valid.”
~ Maya Lin, designer

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics sometimes confronts, sometimes comforts. TAB sometimes invokes thought, sometimes feeling. Poetry is necessary and its range is wide.

At Tab Journal, we understand that the form, the format, and the design of text and space can create various reading experiences. That’s why Tab Journal appears as a unique print issue each January and as online issues the rest of the year. These differing formats allow experimentation with design, materiality, and the reading experience at a time when print and electronic forms are negotiating their coexistence.

Tab Journal is housed at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

TAB: space before text

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics is where poetry meets design. Read more about the relationship of text and image that drives the reading experience of Tab Journal.