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Big Other Anthology 2022

Delighted to present a selection of works I published in Big Other in 2022. But before I do that, let me first celebrate the publication of the following 2022 books, all of which feature writing previously published in Big Other:

Rae Armantrout‘s Finalists (Wesleyan University Press)

Jessie Janeshek’s No Place for Dames (Grey Book Press)

Aimee Parkison’s Suburban Death Project (Unbound Edition Press)

Nick Francis Potter’s Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine (Driftwood Press)

Victoria Redel’s Paradise (Four Way Books)

Martha Ronk’s The Place One Is (Omnidawn Publishing)

I would also like to once again celebrate Edwin Torres’s Quanundrum: [I Will Be Your Many Angled Thing] (Roof Books), which includes poems first published in Big Other, and which was awarded a 2021 American Book Award this year.

In the following anthology, you will find Puerto Rican Writers Folio: A Hauntology, which collects vital new writing by New York State Poet Laureate, Willie Perdomo, Nuyorican Poets Café’s Executive Director, Caridad De La Luz; literary giants Giannina Braschi and American Book Award winner Edwin Torres, and many other exemplary writers. Introducing the folio, I wrote: 

Big Other’s Puerto Rican Writer’s Folio is a kind of phantasmagoria, a haunting of various embodiednesses and dismemberments. […] It’s an active remembering, re-membering, a knowing, conscientious foregrounding of the past and present, and imagined futures that conjures ghosts that disturbs the peace of the contemporary. And isn’t that why we, that is, artists are here, here to disturb the peace, as James Baldwin defines the role of the artist?

The anthology also collects writings across the genres by a host of other such disturbers of the peace, among them Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout, National Book Award winner Daniel Borzutzky, and many other stellar writers:

Julie Agoos, Jeffery Renard Allen, Rosaire Appel, David Auerbach, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Charles Bernstein, Jorge Neri Bonilla, Giannina Braschi, Michele Carlo, Skye Cleary, Gillian Cummings, Joey De Jesus, Caridad De La Luz, Debra Di Blasi, Lyn Di Iorio, Patrick Durgin, Kristin Dykstra, Norman Fischer, James W. Fuerst, Kenning JP García, Rigoberto González, Daniel Green, Boris Groys, Tina May Hall, JC Holburn, Andrew Joron, John Keene, Belle (Bom) Kim, Karen An-hwei Lee, Hilda Lloréns, Robert Lopez, Brendan Lorber, Ángel Lozada, Kimberly Lyons, Michael Martone, Katie Marya, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Juan J. Morales, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Jefferson Navicky, Lance Olsen, Willie Perdomo, Meg Pokrass, Nick Potter, Ernesto Quiñonez, Kathryn Rantala, Dimitri Reyes, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Martha Ronk, Luis Othoniel Rosa, Roberto F. Santiago, John Schertzer, Deema K. Shehabi, Brian Strang, Henry Adam Svec, Edwin Torres, Chris Vaughan, G. C. Waldrep, watibirí, Kelly Weber, and Andrew C. Wenaus.

Finally, I ask you to consider making a tax-deductible gift today to help Big Other. As one of our readers, you know of my efforts to curate and sustain a(n) (im)possibility space for unruly, fearless, surprising, innovative art, literary and otherwise.

Big Other is a one-person operation that runs on a strand of a string, so your gift will, among many other things, help me continue to publish new experimental and innovative work from both established and emerging writers and artists.

Donations this year helped me to curate, edit, publish, and promote the abovemented art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, and interviews.

Donations also helped me curate, host, and promote three events: the 2021 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony and two events featuring readings from the Puerto Rican Writers Folio, one, in-person, the other, virtual.

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Thanks for reading. And remember: You are what you read. Art is food. Rebel, refuse, repeat.

Excelsior!

 

Folio:

Puerto Rican Writers Folio: A Hauntology

 

Art:

Rosaire Appel’s “After All”

Belle (Bom) Kim’s “Seven Comics”

Nick Potter’s “Ten Cigarettes My Cigarette Parts Open Up My Throat Doctor”

Chris Vaughan’s “Prospero’s Nephew’s Notebook”

 

Fiction:

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown’s “Roots and Routes”

Lyn Di Iorio’s “Blessed Believers in the Unreal”

James W. Fuerst’s “El Hueco”

Tina May Hall’s “The Extinction Museum #506: Home Pregnancy Test, c. early 2000s”

Andrew Joron’s “Lunagrad: The Prison Notebooks”

Karen An-hwei Lee’s “Herstory Manifesto as a Mazy Cloudiness…”

Robert Lopez’s “Say No More”

Meg Pokrass’s “Three Fictions”

Ernesto Quiñonez’s “The Ugly Roach Killer Guy”

Charles Rice-Gonzalez’s “Deep Salvage”

Luis Othoniel Rosa’s “History of Human Migrations,” translated by Katie Marya

John Schertzer’s “Two Fictions”

 

Poetry:

Julie Agoos’s “Three Poems”

Rae Armantrout’s “Eight Poems”

Rae Armantrout’s “Four Poems”

Charles Bernstein and Norman Fischer’s “From Where Here Were We

Daniel Borzutzky’s “How I Wrote Certain of My Books”

Gillian Cummings’s “Seven Poems”

Joey De Jesus’s “Ten Poems”

Caridad De La Luz’s “Return”

Patrick Durgin’s “From Tournament

Rigoberto González’s “Two Poems”

Brendan Lorber’s “Five Poems”

Kimberly Lyons’s “Five Poems”

Jennifer Maritza McCauley’s “Five Poems”

Juan J. Morales’s “Four Poems”

Rosalie Morales Kearns’s “Five Poems”

Willie Perdomo’s “Seven Haiku”

Kathryn Rantala’s “Five Poems”

Dimitri Reyes’s “Four Poems”

Peggy Robles-Alvarado’s “Five Poems”

Martha Ronk’s “Three Poems”

Roberto F. Santiago’s “Seven Poems”

Deema K. Shehabi’s “Two Poems”

Edwin Torres’s “Three Poems”

G. C. Waldrep’s “Five Poems”

watibirí’s “kontinenta karibe”

 

Nonfiction:

Jeffery Renard Allen’s “Reading the Blind and Blacking the Beyond: African American Fiction and Influence Theory in the Twenty-First Century”

Michele Carlo’s “Exactly Like Nobody”

Debra Di Blasi’s “The Coal of St. Lawrence”

Hilda Lloréns’s “The Garden of Rooted Memories” and “Free-listing Ecocide”

Kenning JP García’s “Grace Notes”

Ángel Lozada’s “Fading Star,” translated by David Auerbach

Michael Martone’s “Five Nonfictions”

Lance Olsen’s “(Trans)Forms as Philosophy”

 

Interviews:

Jeffery Renard Allen’s “An Interview with John Keene”

Jorge Neri Bonilla’s “Latinx Poet-Philosopher Giannina Braschi: Creativity Begins Where Work Ends,” translated by David Auerbach

JC Holburn’s “How Should an ‘Authentic’ Person Be?: An Interview with Skye Cleary”

JC Holburn’s “To Care or Not to Care: An Interview with Boris Groys”

Andrew C. Wenaus’s “On the Art, Artifice, Magic, and Wonder of the Hoax: An Interview with Henry Adam Svec”

 

Reviews:

Kristin Dykstra’s “‘ In Vast Flights, Borne Along Like Smoke, Mist’”: A Review Edwin Torres’s Quanundrum [i will be your many angled thing]

Daniel Green’s “Moldenke and His World: On the Fiction of David Ohle”

Jefferson Navicky’s “A Museum of Argentry: A Review of Julian Mithra’s Unearthingly

Brian Strang’s  “The Astonished Vowel and the Number of Wonder: On Andrew Joron’s O0

Kelly Weber’s “Strange Like Home: A Review of Kristin Bock’s Glass Bikini

 

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John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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