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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Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo
05/23/2020

Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo

infinite recursor or the bride of dj spinoza by Eugene Ostashevsky, illustrated by Eugene Timerman (2005)read it here on...
05/22/2020

infinite recursor or the bride of dj spinoza by Eugene Ostashevsky, illustrated by Eugene Timerman (2005)

read it here on our Online Chapbook Archive: http://ow.ly/bRQU50zLXpp

"My favorite thing about these two poems by Copp is their prosody, which is both relentless (each poem is devoid of punc...
05/21/2020
CARL SCHLACHTE ON CORINA COPP’S PRO MAGENTA/BE MET

"My favorite thing about these two poems by Copp is their prosody, which is both relentless (each poem is devoid of punctuation that might slow us down — it mainly uses the occasional comma to speed us on), and fractal, continuously breaking off and turning in different directions."

—Carl Schlachte on Corina Copp's PRO MAGENTA/BE MET (2011) in our blog series, From the Vaults:
http://ow.ly/s5vv50zN45o

Ugly Duckling Presse is inviting artists and writers to respond to their favorite titles for our backlist blog series From the Vaults. Our…

“I crave for poetic time—that loss of silence in space—what digital gurus scoff—not clicks and permutationsbut the betwe...
05/20/2020

“I crave for poetic time—
that loss of silence in space—
what digital gurus scoff—
not clicks and permutations
but the between of daily
scenarios—equations.”

—Dan Machlin, 6x7 (2005)

read it here on our Online Chapbook Archive:
http://ow.ly/X4oX50zLW3p

Read about forthcoming pamphlet author Sibyl Kempson's teaching and foraging in the midst of lockdown in @NewYorker: htt...
05/20/2020
Let Them Eat Daylilies

Read about forthcoming pamphlet author Sibyl Kempson's teaching and foraging in the midst of lockdown in @NewYorker: http://ow.ly/ue4S50zLVdF

+ Read about INVISIBLE HORIZON: A RELIGIOUS PAMPHLET (December 2020) here: http://ow.ly/1nrM50zLVdD

+ More about her virtual workshops here: http://ow.ly/mWh650zLVdE

One of the many artists whose work has been stilled by the pandemic, the theatre director Sibyl Kempson offers lessons in foraging, via the HireArtists marketplace.

Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo
05/19/2020

Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo

Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo
05/19/2020

Ugly Duckling Presse's cover photo

Now accepting submissions for out Señal chapbook series for contemporary Latin American poetry (by living authors) in tr...
05/18/2020
ugly duckling presse - Call for Proposals for Señal 2021

Now accepting submissions for out Señal chapbook series for contemporary Latin American poetry (by living authors) in translation. Call for proposals open through July 31!

Señal is a chapbook series for contemporary Latin American poetry (by living authors) in translation. The chapbooks in the series are published by Ugly Duckling Presse under the guidance of an editorial board currently comprised of Antena Aire (Jen Hofer & JD Pluecker), Mónica de la Torre, Silvina...

The deadline to apply for our apprenticeship program is this Friday, May 15! More info & program announcement at the lin...
05/11/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Opportunities

The deadline to apply for our apprenticeship program is this Friday, May 15! More info & program announcement at the link below.

Ugly Duckling Presse is accepting applications for three part-time paid apprentices to start in August 2020 for a term of 10 months each. Send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Sarah Lawson at [email protected] by May 15, 2020 to be considered. More information can be found he...

“But is it art?” the hallucinated person wanted to know and was always asking. The hallucinated person thought of art wh...
05/11/2020
Informants

“But is it art?” the hallucinated person wanted to know and was always asking. The hallucinated person thought of art when nobody else was thinking of it.

And death camps because who can think of art and not think of the collective end.

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New work from Anna Gurton-Wachter in The Brooklyn Rail

Check out Gurton-Wachter's UDP book, here

https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/utopia-pipe-dream-memory/

05/11/2020
The Center for Book Arts Presents: A Conversation on Artists Books

Did you miss the The Center for Book Arts / UDP event on Artist's Books with Simon Cutts, Nicole Cecilia Delgado, and Tammy Nguyen last week? Don't despair. The video if up on CBA's page and also here.

On May 1st, 2020, poets and artists' book publishers Simon Cutts of Coracle (Ireland), Nicole Cecilia Delgado of La Impresora (Puerto Rico) and Tammy Nguyen ...

"we should be aware of the danger of importing off-the-rack models of progress and instead build a universalism with ref...
05/11/2020
Europeans and Russians should remember what bound them together: anti-fascism | Kirill Medvedev

"we should be aware of the danger of importing off-the-rack models of progress and instead build a universalism with reference to emancipatory episodes in our own history."

Kirill Medvedev, talking about Europe and Russia and all of us, in The Guardian.

Check out Medvedev's poetry book from UDP, here:

https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/its-no-good/

Russian media pours scorn on Europe, but the only progressive way forward for our common continent is together, says Moscow-based poet and activist Kirill Medvedev

We are belated! But thrilled! For Anne Boyer! Winning a Pulitzer! For The Undying!!!! Congratulations!!!!https://www.pul...
05/11/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: A Handbook of Disappointed Fate

We are belated! But thrilled! For Anne Boyer! Winning a Pulitzer! For The Undying!!!! Congratulations!!!!

https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/anne-boyer

Check out Boyer's UDP book, Handbook of Disappointed Fate, here!

In that year made from the minutes of our senses, we held our cognitive after-the-flood. There we were the lambs appropriating the contents of the sky and the field for the lambs. The shadows formed by clouds were a literature. We heard love songs in the nearness of each other’s backs; we saw monu...

"Curley, packing slips in hand, said he feels recognized for his labor. He’s also optimistic that readers can cut ties t...
05/11/2020
With Bookstores Closed, a 50-Year-Old Independent Book Distributor Perseveres | KQED

"Curley, packing slips in hand, said he feels recognized for his labor. He’s also optimistic that readers can cut ties to Amazon and invest in parallel, independent networks."

check out this article on Small Press Distribution, the only nonprofit book distributor in the US.

You can also give to SPD's fundraiser, here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-small-press-distribution-survive

Berkeley's Small Press Distribution grew through decades of industry consolidation. Now, sales have nosedived.

"A mobile of effects: surprise, empathy, laughter, anxiety, sadness, bewilderment, wonder, delight. All in balance, dist...
05/08/2020
JOSHUA KOTIN ON GENYA TUROVSKAYA’S CALENDAR

"A mobile of effects: surprise, empathy, laughter, anxiety, sadness, bewilderment, wonder, delight. All in balance, distinct and dynamic — tense."

—Joshua Kotin writes about Genya Turovskaya's CALENDAR (2002) in the newest installment of our backlist blog series, From the Vaults: http://ow.ly/dMuB50zB6pc

Read the chapbook online here: http://ow.ly/kdpV50zB6sM

Ugly Duckling Presse is inviting artists and writers to respond to their favorite titles for our backlist blog series From the Vaults. Our…

Donate to support @WordUpBooks! Word Up is a volunteer-run, multilingual community bookshop in Washington Heights—help t...
05/08/2020
SHOW UP FOR WORD UP! organized by Veronica Liu

Donate to support @WordUpBooks!

Word Up is a volunteer-run, multilingual community bookshop in Washington Heights—help them continue to create space for reciprocal exchange, education and creative expression during this crisis.

Read more + donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/show-up-for-word-up

Help us remain closed and healthy as an organization, until we can safely and responsibly reopen fo… Veronica Liu needs your support for SHOW UP FOR WORD UP!

Tomorrow at 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST, join Studio One Reading Series for a virtual reading with Garrett Caples and Ava Ko...
05/07/2020

Tomorrow at 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST, join Studio One Reading Series for a virtual reading with Garrett Caples and Ava Koohbor. More info and link to RSVP here: http://ow.ly/l0II50zpErv

There's a new issue of Panda's Friend out and available to read on this pdf. Issue #5 includes new work by UDP authors K...
05/06/2020
PANDAS FRIEND FIVE.pdf

There's a new issue of Panda's Friend out and available to read on this pdf.
Issue #5 includes new work by UDP authors Kim Rosenfield and Diana Hamilton, as well as Simon Crafts, Alli Warren, Sofia Cordova, Ted Rees, and Sophia Dahlin.

We've got upcoming seminars, virtual events, and plenty of online reading for you. See what's planned for the coming mon...
05/06/2020
Upcoming UDP Events & Programming

We've got upcoming seminars, virtual events, and plenty of online reading for you. See what's planned for the coming months!

UDP seminars to register for, virtual readings to attend, and digital books to read…

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UDP is accepting submissions for issue 2 of Second Factory, our new periodical. Visit our Submittable for more informati...
05/04/2020
ugly duckling presse - Submissions for Issue 2 of Second Factory

UDP is accepting submissions for issue 2 of Second Factory, our new periodical. Visit our Submittable for more information!

Second Factory is Ugly Duckling Presse's new journal. We will be accepting submissions for issue 2 from May 1 through May 31. Please limit your submission to 5 pages, plus a one-page cover letter.  Second Factory mostly publishes poetry, but we are interested in receiving creative nonfiction, ficti...

Erica Baum (author of DOG EAR) has a gallery show at Klemm's in Berlin! The gallery has reopened and the exhibit is up u...
05/04/2020
A METHOD OF A CLOAK - Klemm's

Erica Baum (author of DOG EAR) has a gallery show at Klemm's in Berlin! The gallery has reopened and the exhibit is up until June 13, Berlin friends check it out.

If you're not in Berlin, there is a lot of cool material up on their blog, as well:
http://klemms-berlin.com/s-p-a-c-e/

More on Baum's UDP book here:
https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/dog-ear/

Erica Baum, concrete photography, artist, New York, Yale University, Yale, contemporary photography, patterns, photography, contemporary art, art, contemporary, berlin, exhibition, solo, solo exhibition, series, sewing, tailor, home tailor, sewing patterns, texture, material

05/04/2020
The Center for Book Arts

Our Artists Books event with The Center for Book Arts is available for rewatch, with Simon Cutts, Nicole Delgado, and Tammy Nguyen.

We're live with Ugly Duckling Presse for A Conversation on Artists Books!

those interested in contemporary Russian poetry: Today, Sunday Poetry Reading hosted, virtual Oksana Vasyakina & Igor Bu...
05/03/2020

those interested in contemporary Russian poetry:

Today, Sunday Poetry Reading hosted, virtual

Oksana Vasyakina & Igor Bulatovsky

Hosted by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 13:00-14:00 (1:00-2:00 PM) EST

In Russian with English translations provided.

The event will be held via a zoom webinar. To access the broadcast, you must register in advance at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1AumZkp9S8CBg6sdvc-BeQ

“I think poems are living things that grow from the earth into the brain, rather than things that are planted within the...
05/01/2020

“I think poems are living things that grow from the earth into the brain, rather than things that are planted within the earth by the brain.”

—Dorothea Lasky in POETRY IS NOT A PROJECT, illustrated by Sarah Glidden (2011)

Read it online here: http://ow.ly/XL1O50zroNk

new recordings from our Cellar Series went live a little while ago! Check out recordings of our 2016 readings from Calli...
05/01/2020
Cellar Series from Ugly Duckling Presse

new recordings from our Cellar Series went live a little while ago! Check out recordings of our 2016 readings from Callie Garnett (Hallelujah, I'm a Bum) and David B. Goldstein (Object Permanence) and so many others!

Founded in 2010, the Ugly Duckling Presse Cellar Series features readings and discussion with UDP authors, past and current, recorded live before a small, invited audience in the UDP studio in Brookly

05/01/2020
The Center for Book Arts

We're live with Simon Cutts, Nicole Delgado, and Tammy Nguyen, at Center for Book Arts (virtual). Tune in for the conversation on ARTISTS BOOKS co-sponsored by Beinecke Library (Yale), CBA, and UDP.

Founded in 1974, the Center was the first not-for-profit organization dedicated to the book arts. Visit to see exhibitions of artist's books, participate in discussions, and learn book making techniques in one of our classes.

Please join us in endorsing this open letter calling on the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine to utilize their immense...
04/30/2020
An open letter to the Poetry Foundation regarding their COVID-19 Response Statement – speCt! books

Please join us in endorsing this open letter calling on the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine to utilize their immense assets to support at risk writers and poetry communities and make good on their stated mission of working "to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in our culture [and] shap[e] a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry."

To quote from speCt books's initial petition to the PF:
"An allocation of even just 2% of their net capital, or $5,000,000, could meaningfully support the livelihoods of hundreds of writers and literary workers who need it most."

Thanks to speCt books for researching, organizing, and articulating this appeal.

An open letter to the Poetry Foundation regarding their COVID-19 Response Statement April 27, 2020 Dear Poetry Foundation Board, As you know, the poetry community has been calling for your support in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate your attention and your response outlining your curre...

We've made a list of ways you can directly support some of our partner independent bookstores, like The Seminary Co-op B...
04/29/2020
Supporting Independent Bookstores and Publishers

We've made a list of ways you can directly support some of our partner independent bookstores, like The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Build Coffee, Brazos Bookstore, Knife Fork Book at Artscape Youngplace, Skylight Books, Unnameable Books and many more! Please consider helping them out!

While the intensification of power looms from conglomerates that are congealing, monopolizing, and capitalizing on this crisis, the doors…

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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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