Ugly Duckling Presse

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“Performing small publishing miracles …”
—Marjorie Perloff, The Times Literary Supplement

“Lovely, cheeky books by authors you’ve probably never heard of but your grandchildren will likely read in college … the preeminent nesting ground for swans of the avant-garde poetry scene.”
—Shonni Enelow, (full article)

“Keeping its eye on the best of the avant-garde … every book is a one-of-a-kind work of art.”
The Village Voice, Best Small Press 2013 (full article)

“A collective with roots in performance and zine making … its staff possesses a philosophical curiosity about what makes a book a book.”
—Michael Miller, Time Out New York (full article)

“Presses like UDP remind me that the advent of the e-reader and other forms of digitizing books don’t have to be a death knell for craftmanship in bookmaking.”
—Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel,

“A reputable and cutting-edge enterprise … indeed a refreshing approach that answers to the mass market product (and sometimes uninspired content) coming out of the large New York houses.”
—Rigoberto Gonzalez, (full article)

“And yet another example that hard work and sticking to your dreams pays off: What started off as a school project sometime in the 1990s, has over the years turned into a successful publishing initiative…that has published more than 200 titles to date.”
Indechs (full article)

“Ugly Duckling has carved out an aesthetic niche of work that weds the introspective and philosophic weight of the modernists with contemporary concerns.”
—Joshua Kleinberg, The Southeast Review

“Fans of alternative culture are in luck.”
—Iberia Airlines in-flight magazine

“Putting out fiction, poetry, art books, and translated literature in beautifully designed packaging has helped this Brooklyn nonprofit indie grow from a zine into a beloved small press with over 200 titles to its name.”
—Jason Diamond, Flavorwire (full article)

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To find out more about our individual books, including press they have received, browse through our Catalog.  For most current press on UDP visit our News Section.  For details about the Presse, visit our MissionPeople, and UDP Story pages, or take a look at our FAQ.