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.
Do you know of ILLiad? It’s an interlibrary loan system from which I’ve recently requested and received the following books (that my own university library does not have):
- Gordon Lish’s Mourner at the Door and My Romance and Krupp’s Lulu
- Helene Cixous’s Coming to Writing and Other Essays
- Ken Sparling’s Dad says he saw you at the mall
- Peter Handke’s The Weight of the World
- DFW’s Infinite Jest
- Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day
- Mark Halliday’s Tasker Street
- Aimee Parkison’s Woman with Dark Horses
- Nina Shope’s Hangings: Three Novellas
- Sara Greenslit’s The Blue of Her Body
- Zachary Mason’s The Lost Books of the Odyssey
- Janet Mitchell’s The Creepy Girl and Other Stories
- Jacques Roubaud’s Some Thing Black
- Gary Young’s No Other Life
- Marilyn Hacker’s Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons
- Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee
- Michael Hardt’s and Antonio Negri’s Empire
- Frank Stanford’s The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
I don’t know what I’d do without the ILLiad. What books are on your to-read-but-don’t-have-yet list?