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.

Operating as usual

UDP is hosting a holiday sale from now until December 17th! Be sure to get your orders in before our winter break as we ...
12/12/2020

UDP is hosting a holiday sale from now until December 17th! Be sure to get your orders in before our winter break as we will be out of office until early January. Happy holidays! #whoneedspoetry

Emily Hunt will be hosting weekly online seminars on "Living in Long Poems" starting Wednesday, January 27th. This semin...
12/11/2020
Living in Long Poems: Online Seminar with Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt will be hosting weekly online seminars on "Living in Long Poems" starting Wednesday, January 27th. This seminar will focus on reading and responding to poems that stretch out over the length of chapbooks and full-length collections. Taking cues from writers and inspiration from assigned generative writing exercises, participants will draft a long poem of their own over the course of 5 weeks, sharing selections of it with the group as it develops. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom. Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Follow the link below to register.

LIVING IN LONG POEMS with Emily Hunt A five-week online seminar held over Zoom. 6:00pm to 8:30pmWednesdays, January 27 to February 24 Great long poems create space for contradiction, drifting, deepening, dailiness, loss, epiphany, and revival. This seminar will focus on reading and responding to poe...

Congratulations to Carina del Valle Schorske for receiving a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction grant for her forthc...
12/10/2020
Carina del Valle Schorske

Congratulations to Carina del Valle Schorske for receiving a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction grant for her forthcoming book The Other Island!

"An exceptional investigation of colonization and gentrification, of art and family, The Other Island will be a marvelous and most necessary addition to Puerto Rican literature." The Other Island is to be published by Riverhead Books.

The project: The Other Island is an exploration of empire, migration, and the transmission of culture in Puerto Rico—the world’s longest-existing colony—viewed through the author’s shifting relationship to the archipelago as a child of diaspora during a time of historic crisis. These linked ...

The UDP Classics Holiday Bundle is on sale now! A sampling of five classic UDP titles, specially wrapped in kraft paper ...
12/09/2020
UDP CLASSICS / HOLIDAY BUNDLE

The UDP Classics Holiday Bundle is on sale now! A sampling of five classic UDP titles, specially wrapped in kraft paper letterpressed at our studio by Peter Kazantsev from handset metal type. To order, follow the link below!

Our Latin American Poetry Sampler is available for purchase! This gift set of Latin American poetry includes five biling...
12/08/2020
Latin American Poetry Sampler

Our Latin American Poetry Sampler is available for purchase! This gift set of Latin American poetry includes five bilingual editions of UDP translations in Spanish and Portuguese, discounted and specially wrapped. To order, follow the link below!

Tomorrow at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST, Poet Chris Martin (UDP) curates the 16th installment in a weekly series of Radical Poe...
12/08/2020
Radical Poetry Reading with Chris Martin

Tomorrow at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST, Poet Chris Martin (UDP) curates the 16th installment in a weekly series of Radical Poetry Readings for The Brooklyn Rail, featuring Hannah Emerson, Adam Wolfond, Lauren Russell, Farid Matuk. This event will be held over Zoom. For more information on how to register, follow the link below.

#191 | Poet Chris Martin curates the 16th installment in a weekly series of Radical Poetry Readings, featuring Hannah Emerson, Adam Wolfond, Lauren Russell, Farid Matuk.

UDP is hosting a holiday sale from now until December 17th! Be sure to get your orders in before our winter break as we ...
12/08/2020

UDP is hosting a holiday sale from now until December 17th! Be sure to get your orders in before our winter break as we will be out of office until early January. Happy holidays! #whoneedspoetry

The Dec. 1 episode of the Free City Radio podcast featured an interview with UDP's Matvei Yankelevich and Sarah Lawson o...
12/07/2020
18. Yassin Alsalman on poetry collection, Ugly Duckling Presse on bookmaking and lost poets

The Dec. 1 episode of the Free City Radio podcast featured an interview with UDP's Matvei Yankelevich and Sarah Lawson on bookmaking in 2020, lost poets, and building community around writing.

Listen below on Soundcloud, or on Apple Podcasts at https://apple.co/3go9Zfb

Sharing the 18th edition of Free City Radio. This episode includes an interview with writer, musician and professor Yassin Alsalman @thenarcicyst on a recently published poetry collection, "Text Mess

This rainy weekend (at least in NYC) you might check out this recording of a Poetry Project event in celebration of Anne...
12/05/2020
House Party #16 > The Exploding Nothingness of Never Define, By Anne Tardos, with Lyn Hejinian and Jerome Rothenberg

This rainy weekend (at least in NYC) you might check out this recording of a Poetry Project event in celebration of Anne Tardos's new book with Anne, Jerome Rothenberg and Lyn Hejinian.

https://www.poetryproject.org/publications/house-party/house-party-16/celebrating-the-exploding-nothingness-of-never-define?fbclid=IwAR2xA6HcsDDCsI0LmUctoZzxeh9l1lqPz5NTV_t_SsE0DggRffN_CvWOje8

We experiment and model what can happen when a community radically organizes around poetry.

UDP author Saretta Morgan will be reading with Jennifer Scappettone for the Segue Reading Series this Saturday, December...
12/02/2020

UDP author Saretta Morgan will be reading with Jennifer Scappettone for the Segue Reading Series this Saturday, December 5, 5-6:30 pm on Zoom (https://artistsspace.org/programs/segue-reading-series-saretta-morgan-jennifer-scappettone). $5 contribution goes to support the readers, but no viewer will be turned away due to lack of funds. The full Series calendar is here: https://artistsspace.org/programs/segue-reading-series
You can read Saretta's *feeling upon arrival* here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/feeling-upon-arrival/

Sending you a postcard this #givingtuesday. Art by Joey Perr.Your support is essential to us, especially this year. Than...
12/01/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Support

Sending you a postcard this #givingtuesday. Art by Joey Perr.

Your support is essential to us, especially this year. Thank you.

Erica Baum, author of Dog Ear (2016) has work in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's exhibition Pictures, Rev...
12/01/2020
Pictures, Revisited

Erica Baum, author of Dog Ear (2016) has work in the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's exhibition Pictures, Revisited, on view through May 9, 2021.

A deep dive into the Met's rich collection of contemporary photography, Pictures, Revisited reassesses the legacy of visual appropriation at the Museum and beyond. 

Listen to the 154th episode Al Filreis's PoemTalk series via Jacket2, this episode with Simone White, Angela Carr, and K...
11/30/2020
Promise to go on (PoemTalk #154) | Jacket2

Listen to the 154th episode Al Filreis's PoemTalk series via
Jacket2, this episode with Simone White, Angela Carr, and Kate Colby on the prose poem “The Similitude of This Great Flower” by Elizabeth Willis.

This past summer, Graver Goods Press launched their independent creative writing program, Impracticum, which offers an e...
11/30/2020
Impracticum

This past summer, Graver Goods Press launched their independent creative writing program, Impracticum, which offers an eight-week curriculum of workshops, seminars, craft lectures, and readings led by accomplished authors—plus a community involvement component.

This winter's Impracticum is "Eight Prison-Breaks (Beyond Traditional Narrative)" with David Shields. Click below to learn more about this program, the organization, or to register for the upcoming Impracticum:

This Summer Graver Goods launched Impracticum, an independent creative writing program offering a unique curriculum of eight-week workshops, seminars, craft lectures, and readings. Our inaugural...

Åke Hodell, author of UDP's The Marathon Poet, will be featured in an exhibit with the Tensta konsthall art center in St...
11/25/2020
Tensta konsthall

Åke Hodell, author of UDP's The Marathon Poet, will be featured in an exhibit with the Tensta konsthall art center in Stockholm from now through January 17th. Åke Hodell: Resistance - An exhibition with 5 live programs presents a number of his most well-known works, with igevär (1963), Orderbuch (1965), Where is Eldridge Cleaver? (1969) and Strindbergiana (1987) as well as lesser-known works. Hodell’s works are the source of inspiration for a program of live acts in which musicians and concrete poets relate to Hodell’s works in a multitude of ways. For more information about this event, follow the link below. http://tenstakonsthall.se/?ke-hodell-resistance-an-exhibition-with-5-acts

UDP author Jennifer Nelson will be reading with Evan Kennedy for the Segue Reading Series this Saturday, November 28, 5-...
11/25/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Jennifer Nelson

UDP author Jennifer Nelson will be reading with Evan Kennedy for the Segue Reading Series this Saturday, November 28, 5-6:30 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 830 2698 4031). $5 contribution goes to support the readers, but no viewer will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The full Series calendar is here: https://artistsspace.org/programs/segue-reading-series

Jennifer Nelson is the author of Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife (UDP); Civilization Makes Me Lonely, winner of the Sawtooth Prize (Ahsahta); and Harm Eden (UDP). Her work has appeared in Panda’s Friend, A Perfect Vacuum, Social Text, The Baffler, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; she was th...

"Choi’s translations occur across an expansive idea of language which includes photos, maps, notes, human gestures, bodi...
11/19/2020
“Mapping Modes of Allegiance: The Radical Translations of Don Mee Choi” – On the Seawall

"Choi’s translations occur across an expansive idea of language which includes photos, maps, notes, human gestures, bodies, birds, latitudes, even the mental state of longing. She makes this explicit in in the pamphlet..."

—"Mapping Modes of Allegiance: The Radical Translations of Don Mee Choi," On the Seawall

Congratulations to UDP author Don Mee Choi, whose most recent poetry collection, DMZ Colony, has won the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry! Check out her contribution to our 2020 Pamphlet Series here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/translation-is-a-modetranslation-is-an-anti-neocolonial-mode/

TONIGHT at 9:30 pm: "Remotely Personal Greetings" (w/ Unnameable Books).On Thursday, Nov. 19th, UDP author Joyelle McSwe...
11/19/2020
Ugly Duckling Presse: Remotely Personal Greetings: Joyelle McSweeney, Sara Larsen, Jeremy Kennedy, & Rod Roland

TONIGHT at 9:30 pm: "Remotely Personal Greetings" (w/ Unnameable Books).

On Thursday, Nov. 19th, UDP author Joyelle McSweeney is doing a virtual reading with Sara Larsen, Jeremy Kennedy, and Rod Roland.

More info and details on how to join the Zoom event here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/events/remotely-personal-greetings-joyelle-mcsweeney-sara-larsen-jeremy-kennedy-rod-roland/

Remotely Personal Greetings: Joyelle McSweeney, Sara Larsen, Jeremy Kennedy, & Rod Roland November 19, 2020, 9:30 pm at Unnameable Books

Tammy Nguyen's virtual exhibition Cave Matter is now live in partnership with Hesse Flatow. Cave Matter is an exhibition...
11/18/2020
TAMMY NGUYEN: CAVE MATTER | November 17 - December 19, 2020

Tammy Nguyen's virtual exhibition Cave Matter is now live in partnership with Hesse Flatow. Cave Matter is an exhibition of new paintings by Tammy Nguyen which draws from her recent written work Phong Nha, The Making of An American Smile (UDP, 2020) as part of UDP's 2020 pamphlet series. To view the exhibition as well as order a copy of Phong Nha, follow the link below.

This is a story about a girl who was born missing two of her front teeth and the journey it took to correct this defect. It is also a story about cave formations in Phong Nha, Vietnam; a manmade island called Forest City located along the Strait of Malacca; and...

11/17/2020
Radical Poetry Reading with Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Tomorrow at 1pm Eastern, catch the 14th installment of The Brooklyn Rail's Radical Poetry Reading, this week curated by Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, featuring political poetry read by xtian w, Sasha Banks, David Lindsay, and Basie Allen.

#176 | Poet Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves curates the 14th installment in a weekly series of Radical Poetry Reading, featuring xtian w, Sasha Banks, David Lindsay, and Basie Allen.

The Poetry Project
11/17/2020

The Poetry Project

Rest in Power to beloved teacher, mentor, editor, friend, collaborator and brilliant poet Lewis Warsh. Posted is his poem "For Days" first published in Big Sky #9. We'll be sharing remembrances of him throughout the week. Rest easy dear poet.

November 19, 5:30pm ESTAditi Machado, author of The End, is reading virtually via Brown University Literary Arts events.
11/16/2020
Upcoming Events | Literary Arts Program

November 19, 5:30pm EST

Aditi Machado, author of The End, is reading virtually via Brown University Literary Arts events.

All Fall 2020 Writers On Writing events will take place on Zoom for students enrolled in the course Writers On Writing.  Events will be available for online viewing by the general public on this page, typically by the Monday following the event.

TOMORROW:On Tuesday, November 17th at 12 pm EST, Montez Press Radio is hosting UDP authors from our 2020 Pamphlet Series...
11/16/2020
Montez Press Radio

TOMORROW:
On Tuesday, November 17th at 12 pm EST, Montez Press Radio is hosting UDP authors from our 2020 Pamphlet Series — Mirene Arsanios, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Dimitra Ioannou, Claudia La Rocco, and Aditi Machado.

Tune in! https://radio.montezpress.com/#/schedule/

We're very sad to hear that Lewis Warsh passed away this Sunday. Lewis was a writer of brilliantly subtle and incisive p...
11/16/2020

We're very sad to hear that Lewis Warsh passed away this Sunday. Lewis was a writer of brilliantly subtle and incisive poetry and fiction, a beloved teacher and mentor, and a kind friend to so many of us. His generosity, insight, humor, camaraderie, and dedication will be sorely missed. We send our love and condolences to Lewis's family and friends.

Lewis's work as the publisher of Angel Hair (with Anne Waldman) and United Artists (with Bernadette Mayer, in its early days) has always been a great source of inspiration for us, and we're forever grateful for his support of UDP over many years.

We've had the good fortune of publishing Lewis on several occasions. First, in the 6th issue of our periodical 6x6, then with the 2006 chapbook Flight Test, and the 2015 full-length Alien Abduction.

You can read the full text of Flight Test on our website here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/flight-test/

Join us tonight for a virtual reading with Reina María Rodríguez, author of The Winter Garden Photograph (UDP, 2019), al...
11/16/2020
Poet Reina Maria Rodriguez & Kristin Dykstra in conversation with Urayoan Noel

Join us tonight for a virtual reading with Reina María Rodríguez, author of The Winter Garden Photograph (UDP, 2019), along with Kristin Dykstra and Urayoán Noel; hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library. Register at the link below!

more info about The Winter Garden Photograph here: uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/the-winter-garden-photograph

11/15/2020
Montez Press Radio

On November 17th at 12pm EST, Montez Press Radio is hosting a presentation and conversation featuring authors from our 2020 Pamphlet Series: Dimitra Ioannou, Mirene Arsanios, Aditi Machado, Claudia La Rocco and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves.

Tune in!

Today is the last day of our special Prigov Birthday Bundle sale—get 50% off Soviet Texts and Golem Soveticus: Prigov as...
11/13/2020
PRIGOV 80th BIRTHDAY BUNDLE

Today is the last day of our special Prigov Birthday Bundle sale—get 50% off Soviet Texts and Golem Soveticus: Prigov as Brecht and Warhol in One Persona. To purchase this bundle, follow the link below.

In celebration of what would have been Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov's 80th birthday (November 5, 2020), we are offering a special discount on this two-book bundle which contains Soviet Texts—the first selected works of Prigov to appear in English translation—as well as Aleksandr Skidan's critical...

We're offering a special deal on the Prigov Bundle until November 13—get 50% off Soviet Texts and Golem Soveticus: Prigo...
11/11/2020
PRIGOV 80th BIRTHDAY BUNDLE

We're offering a special deal on the Prigov Bundle until November 13—get 50% off Soviet Texts and Golem Soveticus: Prigov as Brecht and Warhol in One Persona. To purchase this bundle, follow the link below.

In celebration of what would have been Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov's 80th birthday (November 5, 2020), we are offering a special discount on this two-book bundle which contains Soviet Texts—the first selected works of Prigov to appear in English translation—as well as Aleksandr Skidan's critical...

Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room will be hosting a poetry reading on November 18th at 7 pm featuring M. NourbeSe Philip a...
11/11/2020
A POETRY READING WITH M. NOURBESE PHILIP & CECILIA VICUÑA

Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room will be hosting a poetry reading on November 18th at 7 pm featuring M. NourbeSe Philip and Cecilia Vicuña (Spit Temple, UDP). This event is hosted as part of the Woodberry Poetry Room's Vocarium Series. To register, follow the link below.

We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.

Anna Vitale (Our Rimbaud Mask, UDP) and David Brazil will be presenting a virtual reading this Friday, November 13th at ...
11/11/2020
ZAZA FIFTEEN Registration Form

Anna Vitale (Our Rimbaud Mask, UDP) and David Brazil will be presenting a virtual reading this Friday, November 13th at 9 PM EST. To register for this event, follow the link below.

Fill out this form and we will send you the link to join the event on Friday!

11/10/2020

Coming up in a few days!

On Friday, Nov. 13th, The Harriman Institute at Columbia University presents Prigov at 80, a panel discussion on the legacy of writer and artist Dmitri Prigov (1940-2007). This event will be held as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.

"Cutts’s examples remind us that, in all senses of the word, the postcard is the most apposite of missives. It is a robu...
11/09/2020
The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard | Rain Taxi

"Cutts’s examples remind us that, in all senses of the word, the postcard is the most apposite of missives. It is a robust and adaptable format whose far-reaching effects belie its minimal means of production."

— Rain Taxi Review's review of Simon Cutts's pamphlet, The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard.

Find the pamphlet here: https://uglyducklingpresse.org/publications/the-world-has-been-empty-since-the-postcard-fourteen-polemical-postcards/

The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard Fourteen Polemical Postcards Simon Cutts Ugly Duckling Presse ($12) by Ross Hair The World Has Been Empty Since the Postcard showcases fourteen “polemical” postcards, with accompanying commentary, by the British poet, artist, editor, and publisher Simo...

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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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