Announcing the 2023 Prose Reading Period Selections

This year we received hundreds of submissions to our Prose Reading Period. We are excited to announce that we are accepting two manuscripts for publication! Read more about each of the manuscripts below:


Small Sargassum Mountains/Pequeñas montañas de sargazo by Antonio Ochoa

Small Sargassum Mountains/Pequeñas montañas de sargazo is a book of trajectories, of connections, of isomorphisms, of distances.  This book is also a hybrid, where the borders between poetry and prose, reading and writing, Spanish and English, experience and memory are eroded like a shoreline.

Antonio Ochoa was born in Mexico City. He has published two books of poems (pulsos and El toro de Hiroshima). His poems and essays have appeared in journals in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, England, and the US. He is the editor Selected Poems and Selected Essays of Eduardo Milán both published by Shearsman. He is the host of the podcast Texts For Nothing: Conversations with Poets. He lives in Cambridge, MA.


The pedestrian by Valerie Hsiung

A nonfiction novel in verse, that is to say a mystical poet’s novel, The pedestrian geolocates between a speaker speaking through their environment and an environment speaking through a speaker, that is to say, this is a book of loitering, listening, and becoming under the weather.

Valerie Hsiung is the author of multiple poetry and hybrid writing collections, including The Naif (Ugly Duckling Presse), The only name we can call it now is not its only name (Counterpath), To love an artist (Essay Press), selected by Renee Gladman for the Essay Press Book Prize, and outside voices, please (CSU), selected for the CSU Open Book Prize.  Born in the Year of the Earth Snake and raised by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants in Cincinnati, Ohio, she now lives in the mountains of Colorado where she teaches as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & Poetics at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.


We would also like to highlight these seven inspiring manuscripts that our editors enjoyed spending significant time reading and discussing:

Flat 17 by Chekwube Danladi
Dogs of Smaller Breeds by Olga Hund, trans by Mark Tardi
Almanach by Sharon Kivland
No Name Is an Island by Dana Lupo
Patience by Maya Martinez
In Order to Extract the Memory It Is Of Course Necessary to Build the Room by Susana Plotts-Pineda
Impression, Storm by Tori Rego


Thank you to this years prose period readers:

Marcus Clayton
Em Gao
Claire Grossman
Hannah Levene
Rolando André Lopez