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Books and Chapbooks
UDP publishes approximately 24 titles per year of new poetry, translation, experimental prose, performance texts, and books by artists. Many of our titles fall within the specific series outlined below. Our full-length (trade paperback) books are printed in initial runs ranging from 600 to 1,500, and we keep our books in print when finances allow. Our chapbooks are printed in editions of 450 to 750; because of the hand-labor that goes into some of our chapbooks (and because ephemerality is part of their nature) we do not typically reprint them, but they are made available for free viewing in our Online Chapbook Archive after they go out of print. Browse our catalog.

UDP’s Dossier Series was founded in 2008 to expand the formal scope of the press. Dossier publications don’t share a single genre or form—poetry, essay, criticism, interview, artist book, polemical text—but an investigative impulse, broadly conceived. (Series Editor: Anna Moschovakis) View all Dossier titles.

Eastern European Poets Series
Initiated in 2003, the Eastern European Poets Series is dedicated to publishing the work of contemporary Eastern European poets in translation (often in bilingual editions), emigré authors who write in English, and influential poets of the Eastern European avant-garde whose work is not widely available in English translation. (Series Editors: Rebekah Smith and Matvei Yankelevich) View all EEPS titles.

Lost Literature
The Lost Literature Series publishes neglected, never-translated, or scarcely available works of poetry and prose, with a focus on 20th Century avant-gardes and marginal writers. (Founding Editor: Ryan Haley; Series Editor: Katherine Bogden) View all Lost Lit titles.

Señal is a chapbook series for contemporary Latin American poetry in bilingual editions. (Editorial Board: Mónica de la Torre, Jen Hofer, Silvina López Medin, Brenda Lozano, John Pluecker, Rebekah Smith, and Matvei Yankelevich) View all Señal titles.

6×6 was our poetry periodical, and was retired in 2017 with the publication of issue #36. Each issue contained six poets who were each given six pages to present their work; we encouraged projects that specifically explored the format. 6×6 published poets of all ages from all over the U.S. and abroad, and aimed to include a poet in translation in every issue. We put out three issues a year, and submissions were encouraged year round. (6×6 Editors: Rotating editorial staff comprised of UDP Collective members and Volunteers) View 6×6 issues.

Emergency Playscripts and Emergency INDEX
The Emergency Series includes Emergency Playscripts, Emergency INDEX, and a forthcoming series of monograph pamphlets, Emergency Analysis. The series has its roots in the Emergency Gazette (1999-2002), a free biweekly broadsheet on performance. The Playscripts series publishes one new text per year, choosing scripts that can expand the practice of theater. Emergency INDEX is an annual print publication documenting new performance in the words of its creators. Because performance transcends disciplinary boundaries, INDEX includes performances of every kind, from any genre, made anywhere in the world for any purpose. (Series Editors: Yelena Gluzman and Matvei Yankelevich. Index Editors: Yelena Gluzman, Sophia Cleary, and Katie Gaydos) View all Emergency titles.  View the Emergency INDEX website.

Cellar Series and Podcasts
The Ugly Duckling Presse Cellar Series features readings and discussion with UDP authors, past and current, recorded live before a small, invited audience in the UDP studio in Brooklyn, NY. Recordings of the readings and discussions are available on UDP’s Soundcloud page. To become a part of the invited audience of the Cellar Series, consider becoming a subscriber or supporter of the Presse. Read more about the Cellar Series here.

Paperless Book Department
The Paperless Book Department publishes and distributes books which escape attempts to keep them in one place. Though the term “paperless” has been more frequently associated with the possibilities of digital storage of language, in this case “paperless” is meant to address the basic assumptions and structures of book distribution and its relationship to how we read. (Editor: Yelena Gluzman)