SUBMIT TO FENCE

Tuesday,  January 3, 2017

Fence is accepting submissions now through March 31. All submissions must be submitted at fence.submittable.com. Click here for information about new submission guidelines for Poetry, Fiction, and Other.

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fence launch party: 12/7 at Howl! Arts in NYC

Tuesday,  November 29, 2016

fence32_partyIn the midst of this American chaos, a new issue of Fence emerges from the swamp. Issue #32 is chock full of work that takes the First Amendment as literature’s first step and sprints. In collaboration with Howl! ArtsFence invites you to a launch party at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Raise a glass or a fist, stick out your tongue, and join us in bringing this newest outpouring of words and weirdness into the world.  

With readings from: Kyle Booten, Iris Cushing, Elizabeth Fodaski, M. Milks, Davy Knittle, and more to be announced. 

Can’t make it? Celebrate privately with your own issue. You can subscribe here

Fence 31 features new writing from: Samuel Ace, Steven Alvarez, Kathryn Davis, Angel Dominguez, Anaïs Duplan, Brenda Iijima, Aisha Sasha John, Ed Bok Lee, Nathaniel Mackey, Amanda Nadelberg, Eugene Ostashevsky, Daniel Poppick, Khadijah Queen, Elizabeth Robinson, Metta Sáma, Cole Swensen, and more

Howl! Arts is located at: 6 E. 1st Street, New York, NY 10003. 


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AUGUST 25: STACY SZYMASZEK READS Journal of Ugly Sites at MATHEW NYC

Thursday,  August 25, 2016

IMG_5138_RT_smIn partnership with Montez Press, you are invited tonightThursday, August 25 at 7 pm—to Mathew NYC for a reading with Stacy Szymaszek. Stacy will read the long title poem from her collection Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals. After hearing Stacy read her potent, quotidian “Journal of Ugly Sites” in its entirety, you will feel like you know her even less than you feel like you know her now.


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READ & FEED in HUDSON on JULY 30

Thursday,  July 28, 2016

READ_FEED_CROPPED (1)The inaugural READ & FEED brings together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature. This “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus food and drink. 

Find Fence Books in the READ & FEED Marketplace, along with other publications and presses including: Belladonna*, Archipelago Books, Black Square Editions,Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Conjunctions, Europa Editions,Fence Books, Greenwich Letterpress, jubilat / Factory Hollow Press, Hosta Hill,Literary Hub, The Mantle, McPherson & Co. Nightboat Books, PAJ Publications,Princeton University Architectural Press, Publication Studio, Siglio Press, The Song Cave, Station Hill Press, Tender Buttons Press, Tupelo, Ugly Duckling Presse, and more.

Tickets and full event information available here


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THE COW 10th ANNIVERSARY QUESTIONNAIRE ends 7/8

Thursday,  July 7, 2016

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Ariana Reines’s The Cow is turning ten, and your input is requested! Tomorrow, July 8 is the closing date for our reader questionnaire, in which we call for your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on this urgent and potent work as we prepare its second coming as an expanded and critical edition in 2017. We’re looking for responses all across the gamut. Three respondents will be selected to receive a uniquely selected reward from Ariana and Fence Books. 


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LIVING POETS MUSICAL THEATER at EMPAC

Friday,  June 3, 2016

On Thursday, June 9 at 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Albany Symphony’s New Music Festival, FENCE presents an evening of poetry performances curated by Rebecca Wolff at EMPAC. The event features poet-performers Shira Dentz and Diana Alvarez.

Shira Dentz is the author of three books: black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and how do i net thee (forthcoming) and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, downloadable for free). Her writing has appeared widely in journals including: The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and Western Humanities Review, and featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. She was Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor from 2011-2016, and curates both DB’s blog feature, “What I’m Reading Now,” and reviews for Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

Diana Alvarez is a vocalist, poet, composer, video and sound artist whose poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. As a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera that descends from and contributes to a lineage of innovative women of color artists. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts. For more information: diana-alvarez.com.


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on James Shea’s The Lost Novel

Thursday,  May 26, 2016

“The voices of the poems in The Lost Novel are alternately unsettled, wry, contemplative, resigned, and baffled. But throughout those fluctuations they’re also relentlessly endearing; as the speaker of the poem “Florida, Missouri” tells it, This is the breezy firsthand / account of my life. If you don’t / want to listen, I don’t care. But it’s a testament to that insouciant breeziness that we do want to listen; we do care.” —Jeff Alessandrelli, The Kenyon Review

Read the whole review here


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Slightly Younger Than Youtube: The Cow @ Ten

Thursday,  May 19, 2016

 

Fence readers: We’re preparing a tenth-anniversary critical edition of The Cow, edited by Judith Goldman & featuring the voices of poets, artists, musicians, readers, fans & loathers of the book—and we wanna hear from you! 

There’s a fun & easy questionnaire here—we invite you to have at it, & please share it with your friends, students, parents, exes, & pets. 

To thank you for your candor we’ll be giving away Fence swag (subscriptions & signed books) both at random & to the most illuminating responses. 


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