We are thrilled to announce the two books selected for publication by our 2020 Open Call guest editors: Rosa Alcalá, Marie Buck, and Farnoosh Fathi:
u know how much i hate being alone in social situations// by Stephon Lawrence
Nerve Curriculum by Manuel Paul López!
Stephon Lawrence is a Brooklyn born & based writer, and artist. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute and is co-founder and an editor of The Felt, a journal of otherworldly poetics interested in the creation and cultivation of emancipatory poetic spaces for felt sentiments that have been marginalized, displaced, or estranged from the dominant culture. Her work has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Horesless Press, Queen Mob's Teahouse, GlitterMOB, Fanzine & other places. Her micro-chap //GERMZ is available from Ghost City Press. And her chapbook //EVIL TWIN is available from Resolving Host. She is a recipient of a Summer Workshop Scholarship at The Fine Arts Work Center. Stephon spends her free time watching anime and kdramas, training muay thai, yelling about white supremacy, and being cute for the 'gram. Her work aims to encapsulate all of this. She is almost always online. You can find her on twitter @nnohpetss and instagram @alphaheaux.
Manuel Paul López's books and chapbook include These Days of Candy (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), The Yearning Feed (University of Notre Dame Press 2013), winner of the Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, 1984 (Amsterdam Press 2010), and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems (Bear Star Press 2006). He also co-edited two anthologies, Reclaiming Our Stories 2 (City Works Press 2020) and Reclaiming Our Stories (City Works 2017), both generated from a community-based writers workshop of the same name that he's co-facilitated since 2016 in Southeast San Diego. A CantoMundo fellow, his work has been published in Bilingual Review, Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Hanging Loose, Huizache, New American Writing, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to Futurepoem's open reading period this past fall/winter! We received a record number of submissions for the press this year. We're thrilled to announce the two book selections by our guest editors Monica McClure, Pierre Joris, and Claudia La Rocco.
Near, At by Jennifer Soong
The Nancy Reagan Collection by Maxe Crandall
About the authors:
Jennifer Soong is a New Jersey and New York-based poet. She received her B.A. in English and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College before working at The New School and joining the English doctoral program at Princeton University. Her poetry has been published in Berfrois, H_NGM_N, Prelude Magazine, DIAGRAM, glitterMOB, among other places, and is currently being translated into Spanish. She is the poetry editor at Nat. Brut and thinks writing poems is a bit like going around with a metal detector while looking for pearls.
Maxe Crandall is the author of the chapbook Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna*, 2015) and the play Together Men Make Paradigms (Yo-Yo Labs, 2014), which was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. He has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Project, the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Maxe is a lecturer in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford University and splits his time between Berkeley and Brooklyn.
Many thanks to our staff editors, guest editors and to the volunteer readers who helped us put great care into this process. Expect more information about our new authors and their books, as well as other Futurepoem events soon. We'll announce next year's open call guest editors and dates later on this summer/early Fall. Stay tuned!
Futurepoem is excited to announce our open reading period dates and guest editors for this year. The open reading period will begin 11/15/15 and the submission deadline will be 12/15/15. Our guest editors for this year will be Omar Berrada, Dawn Lundy Martin and Jena Osman. For more information about our guest editors and submissions guidelines, please visit our submissions page.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to Futurepoem this past fall! Futurepoem is thrilled to announce the two selections from our most recent open reading period in 2015. The two selections by this year's guest editors Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Roberto Tejada are:
MY OTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
SWOLE by Jerika Marchan
We are honored to publish Rosa and Jerika as part of our Futurepoem series. Here's a little bit more about both of these authors:
Rosa Alcalá is the author of two books of poetry, Undocumentaries (2010) and The Lust of Unsentimental Waters (2012), both from Shearsman Books. Her poems are also included in two recent anthologies: Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath, 2014) and The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2015). Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), edited and translated by Alcalá, was runner-up for the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She is currently an NEA Fellow in Translation and teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Jerika Marchan was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in southeastern Louisiana. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Smoking Glue Gun, The Bat City Review, and the new journal agápē. She lives in New Orleans.
We will share more information about these authors and their upcoming books very soon.