Ugly Duckling Presse: 25 Years in the Making

Brown University celebrates 25 years of the nonprofit publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse. Since its humble beginnings in 1993 as a xeroxed zine of poetry and collage, UDP has become an internationally known publisher of poetry, translations,  essays, experimental fiction and non-fiction, performance texts, and books by artists, appreciated for the look and feel of its productions which underscore the materiality and labor of printing and bookmaking.

The John Hay Library will host a book display of Ugly Duckling Presse titles from 11 am.

Starting at noon, the program will host lunch for participants and those attending. The lunch will take place in the George Rattner Room.

The program will shift to the McCormack Family Theater with a Small Press Roundtable at 1:30 pm. The roundtable will feature Ugly Duckling Presse editors Anna Moschovakis and Matvei Yankelevich, as well as Damon Krukowski, Erica Mena, Stephen Motika and Patrick Riedy (all editors of distinguished literary presses).

The program will continue in the McCormack Family Theater with performance works at 3:15 pm. The performances will reflect upon, be inspired by or be represented through Ugly Duckling Presse books – Alissa Cardone and Sara June (with music by Max Lord) will interpret Hijikata through dance; other presentations will be performed by Darcie Dennigan & Kate Colby; Sawako Nakayasu; and Mike Taylor.

Following the performances (around 5 pm), a reception will take place in the George Rattner Room (adjacent to the McCormack Family Theater). The reception will afford participants and audience members an opportunity to informally discuss the literary contributions of the Ugly Duckling Presse and of its authors and editors. An experimental documentary about Ugly Duckling Presse’s early days (by Joel Schlemowitz) will be screened during the reception.

The program will conclude with literary readings by Kate Colby, Mónica de la Torre, Damon Krukowski, Cole Swensen and Sara Wintz. These readings will begin at 6:30 pm in the McCormack Family Theater.