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The Other Futures Award

The Other Futures Award opens each spring, and is judged by Futurepoem's permanent editors and staff (Dan Machlin, Carly Dashiell, Ariel Yelen, and Aiden Garabed Farrell). The winning book will receive publication with Futurepoem, an honorarium of $1000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 author copies. We are interested in innovative, adventurous work that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form. Send us work that imagines new literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms. Results from the 2019 Other Futures Award will be announced in September.

Futurepoem Books Open Reading Period

Our open reading period opens for submissions each fall. We invite a rotating panel of distinguished guest editors to read and select two new books for publication. This year, our guest editors are Anne Boyer, Alissa Quart, and Wendy S. Walters. We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2019 Futurepoem Open Reading Period. We will announce results by July 2019.

2019 Guest Editors

ANNE BOYER is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Boyer’s newest book, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, is now available from Small Press Distribution or directly from the publisher, UDP. Boyer’s other books include The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House), My Common Heart (Spooky Girlfriend), and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women (U.S., Ahsahta; U.K, Mute) which Maureen McLane described in The New York Times as “a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.” Boyer is now in the final stages of a work about cancer, care, and having a body inside of history, called The Undying, forthcoming from FSG in August 2019. Some of her essays about the politics of care in the age of precarity have appeared in Guernica, The New Inquiry, Fullstop, and more. Boyer was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1973, grew up in Salina, Kansas, and was educated in the public schools and libraries of Kansas. Since 2011, Boyer has been a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches writing, literature, and theory in the School of the Liberal Arts. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

ALISSA QUART is a poet, non-fiction writer and the executive editor/director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit devoted to reporting on inequality, that was founded by Barbara Ehrenreich. Her first poetry book is entitled Monetized (Miami University Press) and her poems have appeared in Granta, the London Review of Books, The Nation, NPR, Fence, The Offing, Poetry Society of America, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Awl, among other publications. As a journalist, she writes The Guardian's “Outclassed” column: her non-fiction books include the acclaimed Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America (Ecco/HarperCollins), Republic of Outsiders (The New Press), Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press) and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books). Her articles have appeared regularly in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Marie Claire and many others. In 2018, she received Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni of the Year award as well as an Emmy award in the Documentary, Social Issue category for the documentary “Jackson." She has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and was a SUNY New Paltz Ottaway Professor. She currently teaches journalism at Brown University.

WENDY S. WALTERS is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. She has also written a book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal (Sarabande Books), named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, Literary Hub, The Root, and Huffington Post. Walters has been awarded fellowships from Mass MoCA, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, The Smithsonian Institution, and Bread Loaf. Her lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark, The Institute for Advanced Study, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. In 2018-19 she will be an artist in residence at BRIClab in Brooklyn, where she will work on developing the book for their opera, Golden Motors. Walters is a founding director of the public humanities inquiry Essay in Public, a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review, and serves on the board of the international writers’ conference NonfictioNOW, most recently held in Reykjavík and Phoenix. In 2020 it will convene in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work appears in The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Flavorwire, and Harper’s among many others. She is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Writing and Design in the school of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, The New School.