TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics


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Launched in 2013,Tab Journal is an international journal of all things poetry housed at Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University. The project is a collaboration between writer Anna Leahy and information designer Claudine Jaenichen. When we say, “space before text,” we mean that design thinking extends both to textual content and to the space the work creates. We understand that form, format, and design of text and space can create various reading experiences. Because Tab Journal appears as a unique print issue each January and as online issues the rest of the year, we experiment with design, materiality, and the reading experience as print and electronic forms negotiate coexistence. As part of this approach to poetry, Tab Journal is committed to creating an increasingly inclusive literary space, welcoming work that represents a variety of aesthetics, including those voices that have been traditionally underrepresented in literary publishing.

”Some artists want to confront. Some want to invoke thought. They’re all necessary and they’re all valid.”

Maya Lin, visual artist & design thinker

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics sometimes confronts, sometimes comforts. Tab Journal sometimes invokes thought, sometimes feeling. Poetry is necessary—our range is exciting.

TAB: space before text

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