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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Alexandra Chasin is the author of Kissed By, a collection of short innovative fictions (FC 2).  Her creative work has appeared in print in Post Road, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, H.O.W., West Branch, The Capilano Review, Chain, Phoebe, and sleepingfish, and online in Exquisite Corpse, elimae and DIAGRAM, among other places.  Chasin’s work has been anthologized in Wreckage of Reason:  An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers, and Forms at War.  With a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford and an MFA from Vermont College, Chasin teaches Fiction Writing at Eugene Lang College at The New School, and currently serves as the Co-chair of the Literary Studies Department there.

Sonya Chung is the author of Long for This World, recently released by Scribner. Her stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Sonora Review, and BOMB Magazine, among others. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Fellowship & Residency. She is currently at work on a second novel, Sebastian & Frederick. In fall 2010, she will join the full-time faculty of The Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. You can learn more about Sonya and her work at www.sonyachung.com.

Rachel B. Glaser grew up in northern New Jersey and befriended a bunch of open honest weirdos. She studied painting and animation at RISD and writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has stories in 3rd Bed, New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, and others. She likes dancing and night hikes and is reading a crazy book by William Gass right now. Email her at bassethoundfound@gmail.com. Check out miscellanea at rachelbglaser.blogspot.com.

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries, and New York’s Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, The San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003.