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Ugly Duckling Presse
Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. Through the efforts of a volunteer editorial collective, UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a mission-driven small press that has published more than 300 titles to date, and produced countless prints and ephemera.

UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

UDP is committed to keeping its publications in circulation with our online archive of out-of-print chapbooks and our digital proofs program. In all of its activities, UDP endeavors to create an experience of art free of expectation, coercion, and utility.

Our studio — located at The Old American Can Factory (Gowanus, Brooklyn) since 2006 — serves as both nonprofit headquarters, editorial office, and letterpress workshop, where UDP also offers seminars, writing workshops, and site tours, and hosts poetry readings, class visits, and specially tailored book arts classes for high school, college, and graduate students. To enquire about arranging classes and site visits, please email
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9 days ago by stjp
John D’Agata: What We Owe History - Guernica
I felt a little lost as a student. At Iowa, I felt as if I had gotten into this program that was going to save me, and so I moved myself across the country for grad school and yet still didn’t have a home. It was upsetting. And I know that’s a common feeling. As the director of our program now, I understand how distressing that can be; you move your life across the country and make a commitment to a place, and to a genre, and then you realize that neither the place nor the genre might be what you thought they were going to be, or that the world you thought you were going to find in school doesn’t actually exist. I get emails from students at programs all over the country who want to transfer to Iowa, and in most cases their frustrations have absolutely nothing to do with the programs they’re attending. They have to do with the growing pains that they’re undergoing as writers and with the growing pains that our own genre is constantly undergoing. What I didn’t realize when I was in school and what I suspect a lot of young writers today don’t get either is that you have to create the world that you want to exist in as an artist. You create your own audience, and your own community of peers, and in some ways you create your own forebears as well. That’s kind of what I did with this anthology series.
writing  nonfiction  essay 
10 days ago by s.scottwhitmore
Fighting for climate action with 'The Uninhabitable Earth' author David Wallace-Wells: podcast and transcript
I was just emailing with William Gibson, a sci-fi novelist, and I was thinking Oh, I'm just editing at the last minute this little bit in the book about how climate change is gonna make science fiction writers seem even more prophetic going forward. He was like, I hate when people call us prophets. We got everything wrong. We got absolutely everything wrong. Everything but the mood, and I was like, No no no.
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16 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Wonderland Awaits: Researching The Good Echo | JSTOR Daily
There’s nothing quite like squinting to decipher the blue ink scrawled across the back of a photograph, or unearthing an ornate pair of cufflinks worn by someone who is all but forgotten who once walked the same pathways you now walk. Such hands-on discoveries can spark the imagination in thrilling ways, and from there, the wonderland awaits.
photography  information  library  research  writing  novels  fiction  nonfiction  onlnie 
16 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Beauty of Invisibility
Whenever I’m at a party and people ask me to say something in Russian, my go-to is У меня есть право иметь секреты—“I have the right to have secrets.” It both satisfies the desire people have to hear their stereotypes about Russia confirmed and makes it sound like I lead an interesting life.
language  privacy  security  memory  books  nonfiction  aging  beauty  presence  reputation  surveillance  power 
25 days ago by allaboutgeorge

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