Ugly Duckling Presse

Ugly Duckling Presse UDP endeavors to create an experience of art free of expectation, coercion, and utility. Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit art & publishing collective producing editions of new poetry, translations, lost works, and artist's books.
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The Presse favors emerging, international, and "forgotten" writers with well-defined formal or conceptual projects that are difficult to place at other presses. Its full-length books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, magazine and newspaper all contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

Mission: On or off the page, UDP creates spaces in which people have an experience of art free of expectation, coercion, and utility.

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"There will be a form we can soften into and which we’ll repeat—we will convene in ceremony." Sign up for Aisha Sasha Jo...
10/05/2020
POETRY IS PRAYER — Workshop with Aisha Sasha John (5 Sessions)

"There will be a form we can soften into and which we’ll repeat—we will convene in ceremony."

Sign up for Aisha Sasha John's 5 session workshop: Poetry Is Prayer, one of The Poetry Project's many low cost workshops. Poetry Is Prayer will meet Saturdays from 2-4 PM, beginning October 17th!

Reina María Rodríguez's The Winter Garden Photograph (tr. Kristin Dykstra with Nancy Gates Madsen) and Alejandra Pizarni...
10/01/2020
Announcing the 2020 Shortlists for the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose

Reina María Rodríguez's The Winter Garden Photograph (tr. Kristin Dykstra with Nancy Gates Madsen) and Alejandra Pizarnik's The Last Innocence / The Lost Adventures (tr. Cecilia Rossi) have been shortlisted for ALTA's 2020 National Translation Awards in Poetry!
https://literarytranslators.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/announcing-the-2020-shortlists-for-the-national-translation-awards-in-poetry-and-prose/

September 30, 2020—The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2020 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose! 2020 marks the twen…

Zahra Patterson's Chronology is one of the books available as part of New Suns' inaugural book box! New Suns is a new bo...
10/01/2020
New Suns Book Box | New Suns

Zahra Patterson's Chronology is one of the books available as part of New Suns' inaugural book box!

New Suns is a new book subscription service with monthly subscription options, delivering diverse Black and LGBTQ+ literature.

10/01/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Remotely Personal Greetings: Filip Marinovich, Gabrielle Civil, & Andrew Choate

TONIGHT 9:30 pm: "Remotely Personal Greetings" (w/ Unnameable Books​)
UDP author Filip Marinovich is doing a virtual reading with Gabrielle Civil and Andrew Choate.

For details on how to join the event on Zoom, visit: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/events/remotely-personal-greetings-filip-marinovich-gabrielle-civil-andrew-choate/

Remotely Personal Greetings: Filip Marinovich, Gabrielle Civil, & Andrew Choate October 1, 2020, 9:30 pm at Unnameable Books

Greenlight Bookstore's virtual Brooklyn Indie Party is tomorrow night at 7:30pm EST! Co-hosted by CLMP and part of the B...
10/01/2020
Annual Brooklyn Indie Party 2020

Greenlight Bookstore's virtual Brooklyn Indie Party is tomorrow night at 7:30pm EST! Co-hosted by CLMP and part of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

The virtual party will include readings by authors from these small presses, including our very own Zahra Patterson, author of Chronology (UDP, 2018).

Tickets are $5; purchase below!

Greenlight's annual salute to the independent publishers of Brooklyn; part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series

Spring Broadside Reading III: Anaïs Duplan & Zahra PattersonOctober 1, 2020, 6:30 pmat The Center for Book ArtsThe Broad...
09/30/2020
Spring Broadside Reading III: Anaïs Duplan & Zahra Patterson – Center for Book Arts

Spring Broadside Reading III: Anaïs Duplan & Zahra Patterson
October 1, 2020, 6:30 pm
at The Center for Book Arts

The Broadside Reading Series features six writers from various backgrounds and writing disciplines, collaborating with the Center’s Artists-in-Residence to create a collection of limited edition letterpress-printed broadsides. The collaboration explores the relationship of text, image, and design, incorporating the artists’ visual conveyance of writers’ poetry and prose.

This is the last reading of a three-part series of online readings, which are curated and moderated by Asiya Wadud.

This evening’s reading will feature writers Anaïs Duplan & Zahra Patterson (Chronology).

Following the readings, the six broadside artists each will reveal their design and share a few words about their design process. The production of broadsides have been delayed due to the Center’s closure following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The artists who designed the broadsides and will be presenting are Rachel Hillery, NIC Kay, Hongyi Jiang, Linda Zeb Hang, Devin Morris, Claudia Cortinez.

Register here:

Streaming for free, today through October 31st:Culture Vulture: Steve Dalachinsky on ScreenIt’s with great pleasure that...
09/29/2020
Anthology Film Archives : Film Screenings

Streaming for free, today through October 31st:

Culture Vulture: Steve Dalachinsky on Screen

It’s with great pleasure that – in collaboration with Yuko Otomo – Anthology Film Archives presents this filmic tribute to Steve Dalachinsky (The Final Nite, In Glorious Black and White), highlighting his all-too-rare but indelible appearances in film and video works by a wide range of filmmakers. Encompassing documentation of Steve’s own performances and readings, short works starring Steve, as well as his guest-appearances and cameos in fictional films and music videos, this series is intended to celebrate Steve’s life and spirit, and to thank him for his untiring dedication to the cinema and to the creative life of New York City and avant-garde culture everywhere.

An international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film.

Greenlight Bookstore's annual Brooklyn Indie Party is going virtual this year, on Friday, October 2!Part of the Brooklyn...
09/26/2020
Annual Brooklyn Indie Party 2020

Greenlight Bookstore's annual Brooklyn Indie Party is going virtual this year, on Friday, October 2!

Part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series and co-hosted by CLMP, the event will feature authors from A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, BOMB Magazine, Enchanted Lion Books, Ig Publishing, One Story, Radix Media, Restless Books, Turtle Point Press, and UDP—our very own Zahra Patterson, author of Chronology (2018) will read.

Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will be distributed evenly among these presses! For more info & to purchase tickets, see the link below.

Greenlight's annual salute to the independent publishers of Brooklyn; part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series

"I don’t know what it would mean to be of the center and have an entitled positioning to the center. To the extent that ...
09/25/2020
Sadness Has No End, Happiness Does: An Interview with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi - Asymptote Blog

"I don’t know what it would mean to be of the center and have an entitled positioning to the center. To the extent that I live and work from a position of decentering, I suppose it’s hybrid."

Read the full interview with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi (translator of Algaravias: Echo Chamber) by our former Apprentice Serena Solin, via Asymptote!

I’m okay with “hybridity” and “identity” in the sense that they are procedural, but not to the extent that they are arrivals and conclusions.

In October and November, UDP will be offering three online book arts classes, each hosted by artist and educator Willa G...
09/24/2020
The Book as Democratic Multiple: Online Workshop with Willa Goettling

In October and November, UDP will be offering three online book arts classes, each hosted by artist and educator Willa Goettling:

Thursday, October 15: Simple Book Structures (one-day class) https://rb.gy/pmmenx - limited to 20 participants

Thursday, October 29: Softcover Long-stitch Binding (one-day class) https://rb.gy/sqfzez - limited to 20 participants

Sundays, November 8-22: The Book as Democratic Multiple (three sessions) https://rb.gy/f2su0e - limited to 12 participants

Sign up for a spot at the links above!

THE BOOK AS DEMOCRATIC MULTIPLE with Willa Goettling A three-week online seminar held over Zoom. 4pm to 6:30pmSundays: November 8, 15, and 22 In this online series, participants will learn about the history of the book as a political tool while practicing hands-on approaches to home publishing. The....

UDP author Aisha Sasha John will be teaching a 5 session virtual learning class with The Poetry Project starting Saturda...
09/24/2020
POETRY IS PRAYER — Workshop with Aisha Sasha John (5 Sessions)

UDP author Aisha Sasha John will be teaching a 5 session virtual learning class with The Poetry Project starting Saturday, October 17th. The workshop, entitled "Poetry is Prayer," will discuss what is the thing you are doing when you are doing what you understand as “writing poetry." For more information on how to register, follow the link below.
https://poetryproject.z2systems.com/np/clients/poetryproject/eventRegistration.jsp?event=21&mc_cid=9d0dc59d1a&mc_eid=fdb50718f2

POETRY IS PRAYER — Workshop with Aisha Sasha John | 5-Sessions | October 17-November 14 | 2-4 PM

Greenlight Bookstore's annual Brooklyn Indie Party, part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, is going virtual this year!Frida...
09/23/2020
Annual Brooklyn Indie Party

Greenlight Bookstore's annual Brooklyn Indie Party, part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, is going virtual this year!

Friday, October 2nd at 7:30pm EST, featuring: A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, BOMB Magazine, Enchanted Lion Books, Ig Publishing, One Story, Radix Media , Restless Books, Turtle Point Press, and UDP.

Co-hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)

The virtual party will include readings by authors from these small presses, including our very own Zahra Patterson, author of Chronology (UDP, 2018).

Get your tickets below!

"If I’m using a book, I’m not telling you the book’s title because I don’t want the work to be weighed down by it. I wan...
09/22/2020
Erica Baum by Rajesh Parameswaran - BOMB Magazine

"If I’m using a book, I’m not telling you the book’s title because I don’t want the work to be weighed down by it. I want you to have a feeling for the source, but I want the work to be free to go somewhere else."
Interview with Erica Baum BOMB Magazine

Baum’s work unearths and explores the incidental poetry of UFO sightings, dog-eared paperbacks, and obsolete artifacts like card catalogs.

Ova Completa by Susana Thénon, tr. Rebekah Smith (UDP, 2020) is now available for pre-sale!In her final, most radical co...
09/21/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Ova Completa

Ova Completa by Susana Thénon, tr. Rebekah Smith (UDP, 2020) is now available for pre-sale!

In her final, most radical collection, Thénon's poetics expand to incorporate all it touches—classical and popular culture, lyrics to songs and vulgarities, incoherence and musicality—embodying humor and terror while writing obliquely of femicide, Argentina’s last dictatorship, the Malvinas / Falklands war, the heritage of colonialism.

Action Books has featured three poems from Ova Completa as this month's "Poesía en acción," including an interview with translator Rebekah Smith. Experience Thénon's work there: https://actionbooks.org/2020/09/poesia-en-accion-excerpt-from-ova-completa-by-susana-thenon-and-translator-rebekah-smith/?fbclid=IwAR3amcWeLmh_SApldz9Hts7ItOjnRGK3PZ4rpQB-ZfiqrL_YAUpgHMZMSMw

Purchase your copy here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/ova-completa/

In celebration of the 43rd Annual ALTA Conference, SPD's featuring the diverse translated works of their small press pub...
09/19/2020
ALTA43: In Between | The American Literary Translators Association

In celebration of the 43rd Annual ALTA Conference, SPD's featuring the diverse translated works of their small press publishers! All translated titles on sale at SPD are 25% off w/ code ALTA43. This year’s virtual ALTA conference will kick off on International Translation Day, September 30, 2020, for two and a half weeks of daily events, culminating in a weekend of all-day programming on October 17-18, 2020. #ATLA43
Checkout the conference line-up here: https://literarytranslators.org/conference/alta43-in-between
For more information on the sale, follow the link below: https://www.spdbooks.org/On-Sale.aspx

In celebration of the 43rd Annual ALTA Conference, SPD's featuring the diverse translated works of their small press pub...
09/17/2020
ALTA43: In Between | The American Literary Translators Association

In celebration of the 43rd Annual ALTA Conference, SPD's featuring the diverse translated works of their small press publishers! All translated titles on sale at SPD are 25% off w/ code ALTA43. This year’s virtual ALTA conference will kick off on International Translation Day, September 30, 2020, for two and a half weeks of daily events, culminating in a weekend of all-day programming on October 17-18, 2020. #ATLA43
Checkout the conference line-up here: https://literarytranslators.org/conference/alta43-in-between
For more information on the sale, follow the link below: https://www.spdbooks.org/On-Sale.aspx

Tomorrow at 9 pm: Filip Marinovich and Jesse Hewit present a reading as ZAZA EIGHT. Register for the virtual event here:...
09/17/2020

Tomorrow at 9 pm: Filip Marinovich and Jesse Hewit present a reading as ZAZA EIGHT. Register for the virtual event here: https://forms.gle/rUsyh5bawRaqZQbC8

"How do you respond when someone asks you for the hundredth time on Zoom what system you would propose to replace capitalism?"

Chia-Lun Chang will be teaching two workshops in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library as part of their Univers...
09/17/2020
University Open Air: Poetry and A.I.

Chia-Lun Chang will be teaching two workshops in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library as part of their University Open Air Series. The first session for each workshop will be on Wednesday, September 23rd. More details can be found below.

The first workshop, entitled Contemporary Taiwanese Poetry, will allow students to read original and translated work from Taiwanese poets. More info available here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/university-open-air-virtual-20200923-1

The second workshop, Poetry and A.I., lets students explore the connection between A.I. and art. More info available here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/university-open-air-virtual-20200923-3

What's A.I. art? We've heard that A.I. writes poetry, creates art and makes music. In this course, we will read news, theory and work from A.I. labors. Starting with mimicking the A.I., you will generate new work, future your research and interact with your robotic self.

The Home School will be offering the opportunity for distant learning with interdisciplinary poets and artists that incl...
09/17/2020
Home School 2020 Registration — THE HOME SCHOOL

The Home School will be offering the opportunity for distant learning with interdisciplinary poets and artists that include Hoa Nguyen (UDP) & Kristin Prevallet on the writing of Bob Kaufman, James Allister Sprang on listening, CAConrad on occult poetics, emmalea russo on the practice of stare & prayer in art, Kate Durbin on the eco poetic, Veronica Gonzalez Peña on POV, Cat Tyc on writing through uncertainty and e*team on time. As a bonus feature, The Home School will also be offering a free seminar with CA Conrad on (SOMA)tic Poetry Rituals on Nov. 15. For more information on how to register, follow the link here: http://www.thehomeschool.org/online-studies/registration

Two of our 2019 titles, Reina María Rodríguez's The Winter Garden Photograph (translated by Kristin Dykstra and Nancy Ga...
09/16/2020
Announcing the 2020 Longlists for the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose!

Two of our 2019 titles, Reina María Rodríguez's The Winter Garden Photograph (translated by Kristin Dykstra and Nancy Gates Madsen), and Alejandra Pizarnik's The Last Innocence / The Lost Adventures (translated by Cecilia Rossi), are longlisted for ALTA's 2020 National Translation Awards in Poetry!

September 2, 2020—The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the longlists for the 2020 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose! 2020 marks the twenty…

Curious Elision: Reading Philip Whalen's Manuscripts at the BancroftPresented by David Brazil, noted poet, pastor, and t...
09/15/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Bancroft Roundtable. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Curious Elision: Reading Philip Whalen's Manuscripts at the Bancroft
Presented by David Brazil, noted poet, pastor, and translator
September 17, 2020 at noon
More info for how to register for this virtual event here https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlcOyqrj0sHNYWFMuvllkYBmLoSziKh_-p.

Poet Philip Whalen wrote his book-length masterpiece Scenes of Life at the Capital during a residence in Kyoto from 1969 to 1971. Forty years later, Wave Books has published a new reader's edition of the poem, with an extended afterword by poet and scholar David Brazil. In this Roundtable talk, David will share insights into Whalen's poetry, as well as discoveries made in the course of examining Whalen's papers and notebooks held by The Bancroft Library.

You can order the book through Wave Books or support local, independent bookstores through Bookshop.org.

September 17, 2020 • Noon Curious Elision: Reading Philip Whalen's Manuscripts at the Bancroft Presented by David Brazil, noted poet, pastor, and translator Poet Philip Whalen wrote his book-length masterpiece Scenes of Life at the Capital during a residence in Kyoto from 1969 to 1971. Forty years...

Life in Space by Galina Rymbu, tr. Joan Brooks (UDP, 2020) is now available for pre-sale!Life in Space is Galina Rymbu’s...
09/14/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Life in Space

Life in Space by Galina Rymbu, tr. Joan Brooks (UDP, 2020) is now available for pre-sale!

Life in Space is Galina Rymbu’s first full-length collection in English translation and includes poems selected from her three books as well as more recent work. Rymbu’s poems employ history as a discursive tool to understand the present—stories of revolution, movement in time and space, life, and livelihood emerge. Rymbu seeks a radical feminist and leftist poetics that does not condescend to the oppressed, but rather embraces the complexity of every emotion and political position, and of language itself. She opens her poetry to the violence of propaganda, biopolitical manipulation, ideological pressures, as well as the violence of personal intimacy.

Life in Space includes additional material translated by Helena Kernan, Charles Bernstein and Kevin M.F. Platt, and Anastasiya Osipova (with Marijeta Bozovic, Catherine Ciepiela, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Pavel Khazanov, Mila Nazyrova, Eugene Ostashevsky, Val Vinokur, and Michael Wachtel), and a preface by Eugene Ostashevsky.

This book is a co-production with After Hours Editions, who published Rymbu’s first English-language chapbook, White Bread.

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When is SOVIETEXTS, CALCULATIONS, & OTHER WRITINGS by Dmitri Prigov coming out. no big deal just curious.
I hope you can all come
received this today, feel very blessed. absolutely love simone! thanks guys.
Multilingual Poetry Reading Calling For Participants! “Poetry in translation is like taking a shower with a raincoat on.” --Jim Jarmusch, Paterson Raincoat Reading is a series of multilingual poetry reading and performance events that encourage varying interpretations of the same poem in different languages and disciplines. We plan to launch the first reading event in mid to late June. Please contact us if you’d like to read in a language that you speak, or had a performance idea inspired by a poem. The event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to our host Brooklyn Art Library. Event Organizer: Raincoat Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting artists with fluid identities and multiple cultural backgrounds. For application and suggestions Please email us at: [email protected]
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What a pity that I (sitting in Berlin) can't attend your Lianozovo reading... I wish you a phantastic event!
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