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.
Is there a David Bowie of literature?—such an asinine question, as dumb as asking, “Is there a Virginia Woolf of music?”—arguing against it arguably as asinine as answering it at all, even on its own terms, which is to say, which “David Bowie”? which “literature”?; not to mention the problem of even locating a “there” with any kind of certainty, and of establishing what and/or where or whatever “Is” in this case is.
Click through to read the full review of SLEEPINGFISH ZZZ, the thirty-third in this full-press review of Calamari books.
Click through to read the full review of 3RD BED , the twenty-ninth in this full-press review of Calamari books.
Norman Lock‘s new book, Pieces for Small Orchestra & Other Fictions, has just been published by Spuyten Duyvil.
I’ve been excited about this book ever since I was able to publish two of the “Pieces” in jmww.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Marcy Dermansky is the author of the novels Bad Marie and Twins. Marcy’s short fiction has been published widely in literal journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review and Fifty-Two Stories. A former MacDowell fellow, Marcy is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine’s Carson McCullers short story prize.
Norman Lock is the author of Grim Tales (Mud Lusicous Press), The King of Sweden (Ravenna Press), Shadowplay (Ellipsis Press), A History of the Imagination (FC2), ‘The Book of Supplemental Diagrams’ for Marco Knauff’s Universe (Ravenna Press), The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna Press), Two Plays for Radio (Triple Press), and–writing as George Belden–Land of the Snow Men (from Calamari Press and in Japanese from Kawade Shobo Shinsha).
Lincoln Michel was born in Virginia and lives in NYC. He is a founding editor of Gigantic magazine and the books editor of The Faster Times. His writing appears in NOON, The Believer, Oxford American, Bookforum, elimae, Esquire.com, The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, McSweeneys.net, Hobart, Mid-American Review and elsewhere.