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. 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.
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This poem returns me to the site of openness, a feeling that is older than the material world could be. Yet it returns o...
12/29/2019
Anna Gurton-Wachter on “Poem from Hypnosis”

This poem returns me to the site of openness, a feeling that is older than the material world could be. Yet it returns often to an idea of architecture, of structure, of what would it mean to let animals take over part of your house? To acquiesce to them rather than view them as pests to be gotten rid of? To relinquish traditional attitudes towards property and authorship?

— Anna Gurton-Wachter on "Poem from Hypnosis" at The Poetry Society of America.

The poem, along with many others, can be found in Gurton-Wachter's UTOPIA PIPE DREAM MEMORY here: https://bit.ly/2u1dKDr

This is the first poem, or proem, in my first book Utopia Pipe Dream Memory. It encapsulates many of the themes that appear throughout the book: imagi...

3 days left to order The Russian Version for $10! Type in discount code "Lena" when you checkout. Read more & order it h...
12/29/2019

3 days left to order The Russian Version for $10! Type in discount code "Lena" when you checkout. Read more & order it here: https://bit.ly/2swpywD
See Elena Fanailova's The Russian Version on the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year 2019 list: https://bit.ly/2YZxMcP

The digital shopping cart is a charged space (pun intended), a crucible for the alchemical transformations of consumer s...
12/29/2019
My Life as Shopping Cart - Believer Magazine

The digital shopping cart is a charged space (pun intended), a crucible for the alchemical transformations of consumer selfhood, and a gateway into an infinite commons. Amazon.com may be the marketplace of choice for many consumers these days, but it’s more than a utilitarian site for transaction: it’s also a place of leisure, a theater, a labyrinthine public garden, a compulsive amusement park, a hazily-bordered city to detourn within, and a ceaselessly reordering wasteland.

— Jeremy Hoevenaar on Amazon shopping carts in The Believer

check out Hoevenaar's UDP chapbook Insolvency, Insolvency! here: https://bit.ly/2sw07LV

There are currently 605 items saved in my Amazon shopping cart. Books, supplements, appliances, shirts, boots, tools, etc. Some items appear several times, at once both singular and plural. Others I already own “in real life”, yet they continue to appear in the cart, to persist there as though I...

We're offering The Russian Version for just $10 if you order before January 1; type in discount code "Lena" at checkout....
12/23/2019

We're offering The Russian Version for just $10 if you order before January 1; type in discount code "Lena" at checkout.
Elena Fanailova's The Russian Version is on the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year 2019 list.
Read more & order it here: https://bit.ly/2swpywD

"a dream about a kite" and other poems from Monastyrski's ELEMENTARY POETRY in BOMB Magazine's Winter 2020 issue.Read mo...
12/18/2019

"a dream about a kite" and other poems from Monastyrski's ELEMENTARY POETRY in BOMB Magazine's Winter 2020 issue.

Read more of this in the book, available here: http://ow.ly/gZAB50xDo4S

"Motion Studies hones in on these edges between our embodied selves and the technologies that inform and amplify our und...
12/18/2019

"Motion Studies hones in on these edges between our embodied selves and the technologies that inform and amplify our understandings of those selves and others." Jenna Osman reviewed by Joseph Houlihan in Rain Taxi! http://ow.ly/pV8x50xBjkx

Dec 20, check out a reading and discussion with Tan Lin and Pierre Paulin celebrating the first two issues of la robe at...
12/18/2019
la robe and our feelings were made by hand launch event - Printed Matter

Dec 20, check out a reading and discussion with Tan Lin and Pierre Paulin celebrating the first two issues of la robe at Printed Matter, Inc.

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.

MATERIA PRIMA has been reviewed in Manchester Review,Ian Pople writes: "[T]here is a sensuality and authority about the ...
12/17/2019
Ugly Duckling Presse: Materia Prima

MATERIA PRIMA has been reviewed in Manchester Review,
Ian Pople writes:

"[T]here is a sensuality and authority about the writing which gives it heft and presence beyond the surreal, bricolage of images.
[...]
Materia Prima is an important document which introduces the English speaking world to a poet of huge technical and emotional resource."

Read the full review here: http://www.themanchesterreview.co.uk/?p=11124

I’m Amanda – from Montevideo – daughter of Amanda, cow-eyed contemporary deity blackbird heart with lightning bolts where the flash that shatters night comes to roost it flaps joy inciting life daughter of Rimmel, father fighting cock cruel Cerberus or tender marrow under the feathers almost b...

Elena Fanailova's The Russian Version made the Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year list.We're offering The Russi...
12/16/2019
Ugly Duckling Presse: The Russian Version (2nd Edition)

Elena Fanailova's The Russian Version made the Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year list.
We're offering The Russian Version for just $10, if you order before January 1; type in the discount code "Lena" at checkout!
Marjorie Perloff writes:
"A remarkable bilingual book... Elena Fanailova’s The Russian Version (Ugly Duckling), brilliantly translated by Genya Turovskaya and Stephanie Sandler, with a brave introduction by Aleksandr Skidan. Fanailova’s poetry takes on the terrifying realities of private life in post-Soviet Russia during what Skidan calls the 'total civil war' of the early 2000s, that moment when 'the cold draft of history, its garbage wind, was necessary, sweeping away the stage set and starry-eyed illusions of the 1990s and the wreckage piling up before our eyes.' "

It’s terrible to be possessed by brittle things. How can you learn here who taught people to draw Stars between eyebrows, butterflies over the gristle Of throats, weeping eye between breasts. And anyway, who taught them to live with strange Chasms, with their nocturnal beasts, With this yawning, t...

The newest package in our "A Year in Translation" Subscription is going out today ~
12/11/2019

The newest package in our "A Year in Translation" Subscription is going out today ~

Order our classics bundle today and get a sweet strange impressive gift, in time for the holidays. Last day to order in ...
12/11/2019
UDP CLASSICS / HOLIDAY BUNDLE

Order our classics bundle today and get a sweet strange impressive gift, in time for the holidays.

Last day to order in time for Xmas!

Our friends have started a new chapbook press, Derailleur Press, please check it out and lend your support
12/11/2019
Derailleur Press's first chapbook - Violet Mints

Our friends have started a new chapbook press, Derailleur Press, please check it out and lend your support

Each contribution goes toward the printing and distribution of Jo Longley's collection Violet Mints | Check out 'Derailleur Press's first chapbook - Violet Mints' on Indiegogo.

You can give a whole year of UDP titles by purchasing a gift subscription UDP. Place an order by tomorrow and we will se...
12/10/2019

You can give a whole year of UDP titles by purchasing a gift subscription UDP. Place an order by tomorrow and we will send you a letterpress UDP tote bag and Gift Subscription Certificate to arrive before Christmas!

Order it here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe/

There are only 5 days left to preorder EMERGENCY INDEX VOL 8 for 50% off the cover price! Promo code is "DURATIONAL"Read...
12/10/2019
Ugly Duckling Presse: Emergency INDEX: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, vol. 8

There are only 5 days left to preorder EMERGENCY INDEX VOL 8 for 50% off the cover price! Promo code is "DURATIONAL"

Read more and get it here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/emergency-index-an-annual-document-of-performance-practice-vol-8/

The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used....

December subscription packages include STORY by Jennifer Firestone, UTOPIA PIPE DREAM MEMORY by Anna Gurton-Wachter, AMA...
12/10/2019

December subscription packages include STORY by Jennifer Firestone, UTOPIA PIPE DREAM MEMORY by Anna Gurton-Wachter, AMALGAM by Sotère Torregian and ELEMENTARY POETRY by Andrei Monastyrski. uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe

Place a gift subscription order by today and we’ll send you a letterpress UDP tote bag + Gift Subscription Certificate t...
12/09/2019

Place a gift subscription order by today and we’ll send you a letterpress UDP tote bag + Gift Subscription Certificate to arrive by Christmas.

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Subscribe to UDP by Wednesday and we will send you a letterpress UDP tote bag and Gift Subscription Certificate in time ...
12/09/2019

Subscribe to UDP by Wednesday and we will send you a letterpress UDP tote bag and Gift Subscription Certificate in time for Christmas.

Available here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe/

Give the gift of a UDP subscription and your recipient will receive new UDP titles throughout the year!Order by Wednesda...
12/08/2019

Give the gift of a UDP subscription and your recipient will receive new UDP titles throughout the year!

Order by Wednesday, December 11 and we will send you a letterpress UDP tote + Gift Subscription Certificate in time for Christmas.

Available here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe/

Give a year of forthcoming UDP titles by ordering a gift subscription!Place your order by December 11 and we'll send you...
12/06/2019

Give a year of forthcoming UDP titles by ordering a gift subscription!

Place your order by December 11 and we'll send you this UDP tote bag + a Gift Subscription Certificate in time for Christmas.

Available here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe/

Give the Gift of UDP! A subscription to UDP makes a great holiday gift. Order by December 11 and we'll send a letterpres...
12/05/2019

Give the Gift of UDP!

A subscription to UDP makes a great holiday gift. Order by December 11 and we'll send a letterpress UDP tote bag and Gift Subscription Certificate to arrive before Christmas.

link: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe/

Milwaukee! Sunday! 6pm! Opening TO SIGHT'S LIMIT Ft. Joshua Edwards & Jibade-Khalil HuffmanExhibit of poets w photograph...
12/05/2019
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Milwaukee! Sunday! 6pm! Opening TO SIGHT'S LIMIT
Ft. Joshua Edwards & Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Exhibit of poets w photographic practices: Suzanne Doppelt, Joshua Edwards, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Kate Ingold, Eileen Myles, Anthony Robinson, Andrew Zawacki.
http://ow.ly/qGfS50x7VaJ

See Marcelline Delbecq (author of CAMERA (UDP, 2019)) in conversation with photography curator and cultural director of ...
12/04/2019
ALBERTINE | Camera

See Marcelline Delbecq (author of CAMERA (UDP, 2019)) in conversation with photography curator and cultural director of Magnum Photos in New York Pauline Vermare tonight at 6:30!

Join visual artist, writer and scholar Marcelline Delbecq and photography curator and cultural director of Magnum Photos in New York Pauline Vermare as they discuss Camera Delbecq’s latest book just out in the US with Ugly Duckling Presse. Camera stitches itself together from a constellation of in...

This Giving Tuesday, help us continue providing a home for independent literature with your donation to UDP.Through the ...
12/03/2019

This Giving Tuesday, help us continue providing a home for independent literature with your donation to UDP.

Through the efforts of a volunteer editorial collective, we've published over 400 titles, produced countless prints and ephemera, and brought authors and readers together at hundreds of public events.

Your support helps us bring to light the emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers that we champion—and to continue making books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals that call attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

Donate $75 or more and receive all the perks of Membership: a UDP tote bag full of our books, a membership card with a discount code for our online store, and invitations to special events at our studio. Or consider becoming a subscriber—it’s a great way to support UDP while also receiving our books.

Visit uglyducklingpresse.org/support and uglyducklingpresse.org/subscribe for more information.

La Impresora is a small publisher, printshop, and hub of a learning in community for writers and artists in San Juan, Pu...
12/03/2019
Click here to support A House for La Impresora organized by Nicole Delgado

La Impresora is a small publisher, printshop, and hub of a learning in community for writers and artists in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

You can support them in raising funds to establish a permanent space!

Read more:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-house-for-la-impresora?fbclid=IwAR0E01A1B0v5Ek7V4xcrsohH1UKy0JVrYjPOWw5AMhrlo5WyftwR2-Plu4M

Nicole Delgado A House for La Impresora La Impresora is a women-led studio dedicated to small-scale editorial work and allocating resources to support indepe

"Objects on the shoreline that speak over distance and about distance." An interview with Ellie Ga in BOMB for this icy ...
12/02/2019
What Drifts Ashore: Ellie Ga Interviewed by Sophie Kovel - BOMB Magazine

"Objects on the shoreline that speak over distance and about distance." An interview with Ellie Ga in BOMB for this icy Monday. Tonight, she will perform Eureka, A Lighthouse Play at Anthology Film Archives as part of 2019 Fall Flaherty NYC.

The artist on her meandering research process and spoken narratives.

Monday, December 2nd, Ellie Ga performs EUREKA, A LIGHTHOUSE PLAY at Anthology Film Archives. The performance is part of...
12/02/2019
Anthology Film Archives : Film Screenings

Monday, December 2nd, Ellie Ga performs EUREKA, A LIGHTHOUSE PLAY at Anthology Film Archives. The performance is part of an evenings of film and performance in The Flaherty's Surface Knowledge series.

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.

The Greetings Reading at Unnameable Books is TONIGHT at 7:30PM, featuring musical + poetic entertainment from udp author...
11/21/2019

The Greetings Reading at Unnameable Books is TONIGHT at 7:30PM, featuring musical + poetic entertainment from udp author Lewis Warsh, udp editor Dan Owen, Sarah Anne Wallen, & Tony Iantosca!

Check out Wallen's UDP broadside, COOLIO, Iantosca's letterpressed postcard, DID YOU KNOW, and ALIEN ABDUCTION by Lewis Warsh (2015), available here: http://ow.ly/K4eM50xfaFd

Erica Baum, artist and author of UDP book DOG EAR, will have works from her PATTERNS series featured in the upcoming Whi...
11/20/2019
Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

Erica Baum, artist and author of UDP book DOG EAR, will have works from her PATTERNS series featured in the upcoming Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition: "Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019."

"... craft-informed techniques of making carry their own kind of knowledge, one that is crucial to a more complete understanding of the history and potential of art."

You can view Baum's and more than 60 other artists' works beginning November 22, 2019 - January 2021.

Check out DOG EAR by Erica Baum, available here: https://bit.ly/35nO4ym

Liza Lou, Kitchen, 1991-96. Beads, plaster, wood and found objects, 96 × 132 × 168 in. (243.8 × 335.3 × 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Peter Norton 2008.339a-x. © Liza Lou. Photograph by Tom Powel, courtesy the artist

Come to Unnameable Books for this Thursday night's Greetings Reading (7:30PM) featuring musical + poetic entertainment f...
11/19/2019

Come to Unnameable Books for this Thursday night's Greetings Reading (7:30PM) featuring musical + poetic entertainment from udp author Lewis Warsh, udp editor Dan Owen, Sarah Anne Wallen, & Tony Iantosca!

Check out Wallen's UDP broadside, COOLIO, Iantosca's letterpressed postcard, DID YOU KNOW, and ALIEN ABDUCTION by Lewis Warsh (2015), available here: http://ow.ly/K4eM50xfaFd

11/13/2019
Ugly Duckling Presse: Reading at Bard by Genya Turovskaya and John Yau

Genya Turovskaya will be reading with John Yau at Bard College on Monday at 6:30pm!

Read more about Genya and her UDP contributions (like Elena Fanailova’s The Russian Version and Alkesandr Skidan’s Red Shifting) here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/contributors/genya-turovskaya/

Genya Turovskaya is a past UDP editor and author of UDP book Calendar and co-translator of Elena Fanailova’s The Russian Version (which won the University of Rochester’s Three Percent award for Best Translated Book of Poetry) and translated Alkesandr Skidan’s Red Shifting. She was born in Kiev...

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