Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2016!

Few exceptions aside, the most compelling, challenging, absorbing literary art is being produced by small presses and their respective writers. I asked a number of writers, editors, and publishers to send me a list of small press books to look out for in 2016. Below you’ll find my own list, which is informed by Kate Angus, John Cayley, Lauren Cerand, Samuel R. Delany, Rikki Ducornet, Andrew Ervin, Lily Hoang, Sean Lovelace, Scott McClanahan, Hubert O’Hearn, Jane Unrue, and Curtis White.

Below you’ll also find lists from Jeff Bursey, Tobias Carroll, Gabino Iglesias, Janice Lee, Dawn Raffel, Nick Francis Potter, John Reed, Adam Robinson, Michael Seidlinger, Terese Svoboda, Jason Teal, Angela Woodward, and Jacob Wren. All the abovementioned people are small press heroes and great writers in their own right. My thanks to all of them.

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Events this week in Brooklyn

On Wednesday in Brooklyn come see Mark Doten, Greg Gerke, Amy McDaniel and Nathaniel Otting read at Soda Bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 629 Vanderbilt Avenue. I’m very, very excited to hear these great authors and I’m honored to read with them. Facebook page.

MARK EDMUND DOTEN’s writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, Lamination Colony, and The Believer. He’s the managing editor of Soho Press.

AMY MCDANIEL contributes to HTMLGiant, and her work has been or will be in Tin House, The Agriculture Reader, and PANK. She is the author of a new chapbook, Selected Adult Lessons (Agnes Fox Press).

NATHANIEL OTTING hopes to win a book collecting contest with a 5pm deadline. March 3 is his birthday.

Also, in what has become and will continue to be a great new literary reading bar and all around fun place, go check out Pacific Standard Bar in North Park Slope. 82 Fourth Ave. (St. Mark Pl.) Here is the blog. This Thursday March 4th go see the Chin Music Poetry Series with John Burnside, Ada Limón and Lindsay Turner. And I am hoping they will soon be hosting the aforementioned AWP in NYC event.

I am particularly excited to see John Burnside read. He’s coming all the way from Scotland and has written poems, stories, novels and a beautiful memoir.

John Burnside’s most recent collection of poems, THE HUNT IN THE FOREST, was published in 2009 by Cape. Author of twelve collections of poetry and seven works of fiction, his first collection of poetry, THE HOOP, was published in 1988 and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Other poetry collections include COMMON KNOWLEDGE (1991), FEAST DAYS (1992), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and THE ASYLUM DANCE (2000), winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award and shortlisted for both the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the T. S. Eliot Prize. THE LIGHT TRAP (2001) was also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, he now lives in Fife.

Ada Limón is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, LUCKY WRECK and THIS BIG FAKE WORLD. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Diode, Iowa Review, and others. Her third book, SHARKS IN THE RIVER, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.

Originally from northeast Tennessee, Lindsay Turner holds degrees in English from Harvard College, and in film studies from the Université Paris III Sorbonne – Nouvelle, where she also taught. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Meridian, VERSE online, The Boston Review, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, and she lives in Brooklyn.