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.
Gary Lutz’s story “Loo” is now at 3am Magazine.
Ken Sparling’s “It Came Out of My Head” and Three Stories by Joanna Ruocco have also been recently published.
From Future Tense Books:
Partial List of People to Bleach (expanded 2013 paperback edition)
By Gary Lutz
Even as a chapbook, it was one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Books of 2007, and now we’re proud to publish an expanded paperback edition of Partial List of People to Bleach, with six previously uncollected pieces, including the provocative and now-classic essay “The Sentence Is a Lonely Place,” and a foreword by Gordon Lish.
“Partial List of People to Bleach is at once cruelly honest, precisely painful, and beautifully rendered.” —Brian Evenson
“Gary Lutz is a master—living proof that, even in our cliché-ridden, denial-drenched, hype-driven age, true originality is still an American possibility.” —George Saunders
Get your copy here.
Check out 3:AM’s interview with Lutz, and a review of his last collection, Divorcer.
I’m happy to host the following writers at Unnameable Books
on Friday, May 31st:
is the author of a short-story collection, I Am Not Jackson Pollock
(FSG, 2003), and the novels American Purgatorio
(FSG, 2005) and Out of My Skin
(FSG, 2009). Interview at Stop Smiling.
is the author of The Alligators of Abraham,
as well as the upcoming hybrid text The Desert Places, co-authored with Amber Sparks. His short fiction has been published in Crazyhorse
, and elsewhere. He can be found online at robert-kloss.com
Gary Lutz is the author of Stories in the Worst Way, I Looked Alive, Partial List of People to Bleach, and Divorcer. Interview with David Winters.
is the author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
, released by Curbside Splendor in 2012, and the upcoming The Desert Places, co-authored with Robert Kloss. Her work has been widely published in print and online and you can find some of it at ambernoellesparks.com
or follow her on Twitter @ambernoelle.
CBC has a great new series that “looks into the symbiotic relationship between writers and their editors.”
One of the first pairings is Ken Sparling and Jonathan Goldstein. Sparling edited Goldstein’s work and his take on the experience is here. Goldstein’s is here. Goldstein’s debut novel was Lenny Bruce is Dead. Sparling’s latest is Intention, Implication, Wind. Enjoy.
Best Story Collection (Tie):
Best Poetry Collection (Tie):
Racing Hummingbirds by Jeanann Verlee
If There Is Something To Desire by Vera Pavlova
Don't Go Fish by Kat Dixon
And that, folks, is my look back at 2010. I’m planning some fun stuff for 2011 and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of Big Other-ing.
Though this season has seen me being pummeled by the various viruses and whatnot that are floating around—not to mention succumbing, for perhaps the first time in my life, to some form of seasonal affective mood disorder—the year, as a whole, has had some bright moments (as Rahsaan Roland Kirk would say). At some point, I’ll post a list of what I enjoyed reading this year. In the meantime, I’ve asked many great writers to send along a list of some of their favorite books, music, films, events, moments, or whatever for 2010. As you’ll find below, these “bests” need not have been released this year. In this installment, check out lists by Scott Garson, Jamie Iredell, Norman Lock, Kevin Sampsell, and Ken Sparling. More to come, soon.
WHAT IT’S LIKE READING WALLACE STEVENS
It’s like waking up early in the morning.