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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Big Other Contributors’ News #7

J.A. Tyler‘s book THE ZOO, A GOING has officially been contracted for publication with Dzanc Books, 2013.
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Molly Gaudry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations this year! For “Beneath mosquito netting I imagine,” from PANK #3; “Parts,” from Whiskey Island Magazine; “Potpourri,” from Emprise Review; and “Excerpts from We Take Me Apart,” from Mud Luscious Press.
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John Dermot Woods‘s story called “Waterslide” is in the new issue of Anemone Sidecar (#5). Big Other contributors Greg Gerke, Ryan W. Bradley, and J.A. Tyler have stories in there too.
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Shya Scanlon will be reading with Leslieann Hobayan and Douglas Treem  on Wednesday, Dec. 9th at  Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street in New York City. Details HERE.

Also, Shya’s Forecast 42 Project came to a close on Monday at Monkeybicycle.  He’s going to be guest posting about it on Monkeybicycles’s blog on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, too.
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Stacy Muszynski is conducting a series of interviews with writers, asking their thoughts on online publishing. Rick Moody, Matt Stewart, Matt Bell, Dagoberto Gilb, and others join the discussion. It’s all happening at American Short Fiction’s blog.

Stacy’s interview with Laura van den Berg, of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, will be at ASF blog next week, followed by three days of her guest blogging. Her review of Michael Zadoorian’s The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit will appear in the next issue of The Collagist.
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Sean Lovelace has a new flash in Hayden’s Ferry Review. He has another flash in PANK.
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John Madera‘s review of Justin Sirois’s MLKNG SCKLS appears in New Pages’ December issue.

Big Other Contributors’ News #6

Molly Gaudry and Kim Chinquee have been translated into Polish, alongside Matt Bell, Jamie Iredell, Claudia Smith, and a number of others.

A review of Molly Gaudry’s We Take Me Apart appears HERE.
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Shya Scanlon curated a Fan Fiction section for Opium 9, which includes work by Brian Evenson, Matthew Simmons, Matt Briggs, Blake Butler, Nick Bredie, Sean Carman, E. Loic Leuschner, Ben Greenman and Ryan Boudinot.

Shya’s story “Waiting,” from a semi-autobiographical novel-in-stories called Look No Further, is in Monkeybicycle 7.

He’ll be reading with Leslieann Hobayan and Douglas Treem Wednesday, Dec. 9th at  Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street in New York City. Details HERE.
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Jac Jemc has five poems in the new Front Porch.  Here’s the link.
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Christopher Higgs‘s prose piece titled “Parents Being We Are Wrongly” in the inaugural issue of We Are Champion.
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Stacy Muszynski‘s review of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s National Book Award-finalist American Salvage and interview with the author at The Rumpus. Recent book reviews at The Collagist include: Josh Weil’s The New Valley, Skip Horack’s The Southern Cross. An interview with the editor of National Book Award-finalist American Salvage at American Short Fiction blog. Three-part interview with B.J. Hollars, editor of You Must Be This Tall to Ride, at American Short Fiction blog: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
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Greg Gerke is reading with Barry Graham Reading at Freebird Books on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00pm. Greg’s new story “Truth Be Told” and interview is up at Dark Sky. And Sam Pink interviews Greg at Html Giant.
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J.A. Tyler‘s Inconceivable Wilson is officially available for order now from Scrambler Books.
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John Madera‘s review of Jamie Iredell’s Prose. Poem. A Novel. is up at the Rumpus.

Big Other Contributors’ News

header3Leni Zumas has a fantastic new story in Kitty Snack’s 2nd issue. Please check out an excerpt of “On Water” HERE.

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Artistically DeclinedRyan Bradley is co-publisher of the new press Artistically Declined which will be releasing Ken Sparling’s elusive second novel, Hush Up and Listen Stinky Poo Butt in early 2010. Sparling is the author of three other novels, Dad Says He Saw You At The Mall, For Those Whom God Has Blessed With Fingers, and [untitled]. Previously Hush Up and Listen was available only in handmade editions by request, Artistically Declined is looking forward to bringing this fantastic novel of fatherhood to more readers. Ryan is also the editor of their journal Sententia. Check out guidelines HERE. And please feel free to use that “poster” on the left on your blog, Facebook, and/or the like to help spread the news!

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John Madera has a review of Nick Antosca’s Midnight Picnic at The Collagist. Check it out HERE.

He’s also posted Music Inspired by Light Boxes HERE.

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Check it out and spread the love: Kim Chinquee‘s new book hits in April. Here are blurbs:

“There is always a roiling subtext beneath the seemingly placid surfaces and tones of Chinquee’s pieces, a dichotomy which speaks to deep truths about the human condition. Kim Chinquee is a true artist with a true vision, and Pretty is a brilliant book.”—Robert Olen Butler

“These brief snapshots of conversations manage to seem not like fragments of lost wholes but like vivid distillations of essential dramas, each a variation on the shared subject of thwarted intimacy.”—Carl Dennis

“Kim Chinquee writes with remarkable heart and grace. Her wise capsulizings of love’s devastations and of life’s roil and disappointments come at you with a sorrowing precision that comforts even as it haunts.”—Gary Lutz

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We Take Me Apart

Check out Molly Gaudry‘s We Take Me Apart (forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press, December 2009)

There is no more perfect place to be than in Molly Gaudry’s tender, dirt-floored novel(la), WE TAKE ME APART. Oh cabbage leaves, oh roses, oh orange-slice childhood grins: this book broke my heart. Its sad memory-tropes come from fairy tales & childhood books. With language, Gaudry is as loving & careful as one is with a matchbook . . . when wishing to set the whole word on fire.—Kate Bernheimer

Entwining the trance that is childhood around the hallucination that constitutes adulthood, Molly Gaudry’s WE TAKE ME APART is a bewitching & carefully barbed tale.  A cross between silence & a fairy tale, Gaudry’s Beckettian narrative sews bright bits to near-faint whispers, slowly swaddling us in quiet & darkness.—Brian Evenson

Molly Gaudry’s WE TAKE ME APART is a dazzleflage of a book.  The stuttering disrupted language of this cubist con-coction disappears before your ears, sinks into your eyes.  This aggressive dress camouflage reweaves Gertrude Stein’s rewoven grammar of worsted silk-screened gabardine into a fully ripped patois-ed pattern of stunning wonder.—Michael Martone