Cicada Press

Cicada Press A New York City based publishing imprint founded in 2013. Cicada is an artist run press, dedicated to poetic texts, art projects, and works of non-fiction from the radical left.

We are interested in formal exploration of anarchist aesthetic & poetics. The poetry of the slogan, the lyricism of the banner.

Yusupova serves us the daily bread of deadly dog bites in the forest and abrupt head-bashings in the entryway and the ca...
03/06/2021
Terror Firma: On Lida Yusupova’s “The Scar We Know” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Yusupova serves us the daily bread of deadly dog bites in the forest and abrupt head-bashings in the entryway and the casual dismissal of an eager new face at the beautifully named the Center for Gender Problems. For what Yusupova knows is that gender is always a problem, not least because it is the center where there is no center. And so is the everyday cause of everyday death.

Steps on the red moss not knowing that it is blood

This collection is about such knowledge and knowing, an ongoing transition from not knowing to knowing to knowing too much to knowing too little to knowing the impossibility of knowing at all — a truly poetic philosophy. Not one of hope or even compassion, but a far rarer composition: capacity. Which is not considered as a substance but should be.
https://lareviewofbooks.org/short-takes/terror-firma-lida-yusupovas-scar-know/?fbclid=IwAR0ToZ-v0aeGav_pNptdWPfKQr3w20O27fiF8ahIUN7bGgYDrK1MwF99R5Q

Life is ill-advised. This is funny, in the way of great tragedy, and the other way around. Things happen, never for a reason, rarely for a lesson. And yet we go on, tailoring our weak understandings to fit the brute contingencies of our fleshy circumstance, preferably with a moral set precociously b...

Ура, ура, Лиде Юсуповой присудили премию "Вавилона"!Напоминаем, что новое билингвальное издание ее работ можно заказать ...
02/15/2021
Присуждена премия «Вавилона» | Colta.ru

Ура, ура, Лиде Юсуповой присудили премию "Вавилона"!
Напоминаем, что новое билингвальное издание ее работ можно заказать у нас здесь: https://www.cicadapress.net/titles/
https://www.colta.ru/news/26620-prisuzhdena-premiya-vavilona?fbclid=IwAR14nSr74WBAZ9GGDXduddjHWgX5qcp5UUjs9Upk6Mw1ZpDUFm0U5e-diXs

13 февраля был назван первый лауреат новой премии в области русской поэзии. Премию «Вавилона» получила поэтесса Лида Юсупова.

"Galina [Rymbu] calls Lida [Yusupova] a “guiding light” for many writers and “the first contemporary Russian author to w...
01/13/2021
F Letter: New Russian Feminist Poetry (and the verse as an explosion, the book as an island) - Asymptote Blog

"Galina [Rymbu] calls Lida [Yusupova] a “guiding light” for many writers and “the first contemporary Russian author to write a poem that speaks openly about sexual violence against women and about her own experience."' -Asymptote

Yusupova's "The Scar We Know" is available for pre-order now.
https://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2021/01/07/f-letter-new-russian-feminist-poetry-and-the-verse-as-an-explosion-the-book-as-an-island/?fbclid=IwAR0s1fCjE1z7Rdsj872RAk3s5Dxq5R5BQtdDAL68oNpn4RXviz3XzB-NvqA

We wanted gender politics to enter literature as if it was its native part, as an irreplaceable part of reality.

Our bi-lingual edition of Lida Yusupova's "The Scar We Know" (edited by Ainsley Morse and with translations by Hilah Koh...
12/13/2020

Our bi-lingual edition of Lida Yusupova's "The Scar We Know" (edited by Ainsley Morse and with translations by Hilah Kohen, Madeline Kinkel, and others) is now available for pre-order!

Many thanks to Gleb Simonov for the beautiful cover, Matvei Yankelevich for all-around help and support, and Oksana Vasyakina for her introduction.

https://www.cicadapress.net/products-page/books/lida-yusupova-the-scar-we-know/

Coming out soon... So many thanks to Gleb Simonov for designing the cover.
10/16/2020

Coming out soon... So many thanks to Gleb Simonov for designing the cover.

Here's an absolutely terrific interview about contemporary Russophone feminist poetry and the three books of translation...
10/16/2020
Feminist and Queer Russophone Poetry

Here's an absolutely terrific interview about contemporary Russophone feminist poetry and the three books of translation coming out in English this fall, including Lida Yusupova's "The Scar We Know" prepared by Cicada.

https://puncturedlines.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/feminist-and-queer-russophone-poetry/?fbclid=IwAR1lWtNuGdKLDSN3v6s6qwxL4-cFRZN9MqJ4tJJLOjvbvdfnd_xnZAeQEgY

This year, English-speaking readers will be introduced to three books in translation from Russian, each of which is groundbreaking on its own terms; taken together, these books showcase the aesthet…

Cicada Press's cover photo
05/18/2020

Cicada Press's cover photo

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05/18/2020

Cicada Press

03/01/2019
Keti Chukhrov - Love Machines, 2013

Cicada Press has been silent for a bit, but that's just because we have many ambitious plans in the works and and have been sitting quietly and diligently with our noses to the grindstone!

1. We are excited to report that we are preparing for publication a bi-lingual edition of Keti Chukhrov's dramatic works. Chukhrov is one of the most brilliant of contemporary Russian figures. She is a philosopher, a theoretician, a classically-trained musician, and an author of highly acerbic social plays, which simultaneously hold a merciless mirror to Russian reality and open a space for hope and liberation. We could not be happier about this collaboration.

Here's a trailer to the staged version of her "Love-Machines."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVDkt0NKvo0&t=560s

2. We are in the midst of a massive structural overhaul. In the nearest future, we expect: to have a new website; to open several new sub-imprints (contemporary Eastern European Literature in translation, archival series of lesser-known works by exciting and wild leftists of the past, and international anarchist literature); and to start running Cicada as a press syndicate, which is structurally-open and can better accommodate the initiative of its participants and collaborators. (There are many people who have been involved and who at different times have lent a hand with its operations –– Gleb Simonov, Vika Adutova, Ainsley Morse, Anastasiya Osipova, mathew whitley, Ian Dreiblatt, Anton Ginzburg, Jason Cieply, Matvei Yankelevich. This list is incomplete and expanding.)

3. We are looking forward to participating at Your Language My Ear -- a translation symposium that brings together Russian and American poets, along with American scholars, translators and students of Russian poetry, for intensive translation of contemporary poetry from Russian to English and vice versa at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Stay tuned for its many public events: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/yourlanguagemyear/about-the-project/

A review of Pavel Arsenev's "Reported Speech" (Cicada Press, 2018) has just come out at Asymptote. Many thanks to Paul M...
03/01/2019
Ambiguity and Bilingual Art: Pavel Arseniev’s Reported Speech in Review - Asymptote Blog

A review of Pavel Arsenev's "Reported Speech" (Cicada Press, 2018) has just come out at Asymptote. Many thanks to Paul M. Worley.

"Arseniev’s work articulates intimate, defiant, and at times desperate responses to a world in which culture seems to be increasingly prefabricated, predetermined, and designed to numb the mind and soul...

In essence, the book represents poetic strategies for resistance and survival under fierce oppression, underscoring that literature matters, as well as how it does things."

Through art like Arseniev’s poetry, we gain a toehold, however momentary, from which we are better able to grasp the present and prepare a future.

Эй, Нью Йоркец,Знакомые не уедут,Экзамены не уедут,Бары не уедут,Полит. встречи не уедут,аАрсенев (Pavel Arsenev уезжает...
12/12/2018

Эй, Нью Йоркец,
Знакомые не уедут,
Экзамены не уедут,
Бары не уедут,
Полит. встречи не уедут,
а
Арсенев (Pavel Arsenev уезжает (сам до конца, похоже, не знает куда),
Но до отъезда он посетит NYU.
Поэтому все идем.

12 Декабря, 12:30 Jordan Center, NYU.
http://jordanrussiacenter.org/event/pavel-arseniev-reported-speech-bilingual-poetry-reading-and-book-talk/

And as a last hurrah of the triumphant march of “Reported Speech” across the vast wintry spaces of the academic East Coa...
12/12/2018
Pavel Arseniev. Reported Speech. Bilingual Poetry Reading and Book Talk - NYU Jordan Center

And as a last hurrah of the triumphant march of “Reported Speech” across the vast wintry spaces of the academic East Coast, Pavel Arsenev will present his new book on Wednesday afternoon at the Jordan Center (NYU). We will talk about the legacy of the Literature of Fact and Sergey Tretiakov in contemporary Russian culture, strategies of politicizing poetical language through formal means and apppropriative documentary tactics rather than through “direct” political content, and political valences of organized literary activity among leftists writers, publishers, editors, and translators.

If you can’t make it, the book is available for sale on our site: www.cicadapress.net

Occasional Series | Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Find our books in Chicago!From The Seminary Co-op Bookstores:Thanks to CEERES (The Center for East European and Russian/...
12/10/2018

Find our books in Chicago!

From The Seminary Co-op Bookstores:

Thanks to CEERES (The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago) for hosting Poetry of Resistance in Russia Today, an event with Russian poets and activists Pavel Arseniev and Kirill Medvedev. The Co-op now has limited stock of Translit, a Russian intellectual and literary journal in English translation) as well as Pavel and Kirill's newest publications, Reported Speech (Cicada Press, 2018) and It's No Good (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), respectively.

Thanks to CEERES (The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago) for hosting Poetry of Resistance in Russia Today, an event with Russian poets and activists Pavel Arseniev and Kirill Medvedev. The Co-op now has limited stock of Translit, a Russian intellectual and literary journal in English translation, as well as Pavel and Kirill's newest publications, Reported Speech (Cicada Press, 2018) and It's No Good (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), respectively.

A new (thorough and insightful) article on Yevgeniy Fiks by Vladislav Davidzon is out. It's very well worth being read i...
12/05/2018
Gay, Communist, Yiddish Utopia - Tablet Magazine

A new (thorough and insightful) article on Yevgeniy Fiks by Vladislav Davidzon is out. It's very well worth being read in full, but here's Vlad on the "Soviet Moscow's Yiddish-Gay Dictionary," a book that Yevgeniy has published with Cicada (and that is available on our website www.cicadapress.net):

In 2016 the Cicada press published his Soviet Moscow’s Yiddish-Gay Dictionary, a fantastic and acerbic lexicographical study of gay Soviet-Jewish slang. The dictionary places Russian and Yiddish gay slang words along their English definitions. The introduction to the volume began with a concise statement of the recurring historical concerns of Fiks’ 15-year project: “The gay-Jewish intersections of the Soviet era are far from clear cut and today still remain unresolved. While there was room for a solidarity of the oppressed, there was also room for separatism, prejudice, and mutual “othering”—for anti-Semitism within the Soviet gay milieu and homophobia within the Soviet Jewish community.” Memorable dictionary entries include kukushka: “this cuckoo wastes her life in bathroom stalls waiting for her prince charming”; soldatka: “this bearded soldier’s wife is only attracted to defenders of our homeland”; and “sexual-democrat”: “sexual-democrats under socialism get convicted under Article 121.”

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/visual-art-and-design/275944/yevgeniy-fiks-gay-communist-yiddish-utopia

One morose and rainy Sunday afternoon in late November, the kind that presages the final days of a New York autumn, a motley group of intellectuals and connoisseurs of Yiddish gathered on the Lower East Side. The Russian-American conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks was on hand to deliver an artist talk....

I tried to heed Ann Ivanova and Kirill Medvedev's maxim that every collective event of note needs to be shamelessly and ...
12/03/2018

I tried to heed Ann Ivanova and Kirill Medvedev's maxim that every collective event of note needs to be shamelessly and militantly documented and took some photos & even selfies of last night. Thank you, everyone!

Oh look! The kind editors of Blackout have put Pavel Arseniev’s “Reported Speech” on the list of the best books of 2018....
11/30/2018
Best Books of 2018

Oh look! The kind editors of Blackout have put Pavel Arseniev’s “Reported Speech” on the list of the best books of 2018. We are in fantastic company with Auguste Blanqui, Lola Ridge and other literary comrades. https://my-blackout.com/2018/11/29/best-books-of-2018/amp/

Anne Boyer | A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (Ugly Duckling Presse) Leslie Kaplan | Excess — The Factory (Commune Editions) Mark Fisher | K-Punk (Repeater) Bertolt Brecht | The Collected Poems of B…

Cicada Press is very happy to announce the release of our new publication. Reported Speech, a bi-lingual edition of Pave...
11/19/2018

Cicada Press is very happy to announce the release of our new publication.

Reported Speech, a bi-lingual edition of Pavel Arsenev's (Saint Petersburg) poetry with an introduction by Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania) will be unleashed on November 30. Pre-order here: http://www.cicadapress.net/products-page/

Arseniev’s poetry provides a living link between the legacy of the 1920s Soviet avant-garde art­ and theory, on the one hand, and the modern Western materialist thought on the other. It traces how these influences become weaponized in the language of contemporary Russian protest culture. Arseniev readily politicizes all, even the most mundane facts of the poet’s life, while approaching reified bits of found speech and propaganda with lithe, at times corrosive irony and lyricism.

Many many thanks to everyone who's made this publication possible: Kevin M. F. Platt, Andrea Long Chu, Gleb Simonov, Thomas Campbell, Marijeta Bozovic, Maksim Hanukai, Jason Cieply, Ian Dreiblatt, Ronald Meyer, Ainsley Morse, Ingrid Nordgaard, Lia Na'ama Ten Brink, Anton Ginzburg, Matvei Yankelevich.

Untitled Album
11/19/2018

Untitled Album

Ready now, coming out in November!
08/28/2018

Ready now, coming out in November!

08/28/2018
steirischer herbst

Roman Sergeevich Osminkin is showing off his impressive vocal and poetic talents in Austria.
If you are interested in his "Not A Word About Politics!," the book immortalized in this video, it could be ordered here: http://www.cicadapress.net/titles/#NotAWord

The latest Vorherbst entry is online: Making Schloßbergplatz his stage, Roman Osminkin gives Graz’s locals and tourists a taste of his poetic actionism.

For more on his upcoming performance at steirischer herbst – "Putsch (After D. A. Prigov)" – please click here: https://bit.ly/2OIZzrE

07/29/2018

Excited to announce that AK Press is acquiring copies of Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism & Translation for distribution. We will link when they are available or you can always order on our website. Great to have this included in the wider conversation around radical politics, anti-fascism and culture.

05/12/2018

On the day of Barricade Launch Party, comes another endorsement. Here's from the poet, critic, and editor Juliana Spahr:

Those wishing to begin to think about literature’s relationship to anti-fascism could do no better than Barricade. This is an unusually international collection of works in translation from Jordan, Germany, Spain, Haiti, Japan, Czechoslovakia, and France that in some way engage in opposition to fascism. It is a crucial collection because there are scant examples of explicitly anti-fascist works in American literature and yet here we are in a moment where fascism is more visible, less afraid in the US.

In Russia, government has opened a witch-hunt season on antifascists. Under the pretext of investigating a fictional ter...
05/07/2018
Russia: Anti-Fascists Threatened By State Torturers

In Russia, government has opened a witch-hunt season on antifascists. Under the pretext of investigating a fictional terrorist organization, police has been arresting and torturing anti-fascists, trying to forcibly extract confessions. Arrests have happened in several cities already and the reach is spreading as conspiracy widens. Anti-fascists have been tortured with electroshock, suspended upside down, severely beaten and intimidated.

Here's an English-language report:
http://thepensivequill.am/2018/05/russia-anti-fascists-threatened-by.html

Contemporary Irish politics, current events, Irish republicanism, Northern Ireland, conflict, history, philosophy, discussion, freedom of speech

Did a solid 12-hour-long work shift together with Matvei Yankelevich yesterday editing a forthcoming bilingual edition o...
12/17/2017

Did a solid 12-hour-long work shift together with Matvei Yankelevich yesterday editing a forthcoming bilingual edition of Pavel Arsenev's poetry. Literary everyday and literary conveyor belt are exposed: laptop, manuscript, laptop, borsch, cigarette, tea, whiskey, wine. That's how translations are made.

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