Our next open reading period will be held in September 2010. We will accept manuscripts via our online submissions form from September 1 – September 31, 2010.

Futurepoem welcomes unpublished book-length manuscripts of innovative prose, poetry and multi-genre work during this reading period. Our editors for this season who will read and select manuscripts for publication by Futurepoem are Wayne Koestenbaum, Lytle Shaw, Anne Waldman and Dan Machlin (more information on the editors below).


This year we are switching to a new online-only submissions process for our open reading period. It is a new system so we strongly suggest that you don’t wait until the last minute to submit in case there are any technical issues. We hope that this new system will both save paper and make this process easier for all involved. We welcome your feedback on how to make this process smoother.

The submission form and guidelines are located at:

We will announce selections for the upcoming publication season by end of March 2011. We may request additional copies of your manuscript for further consideration, so please include your email and address so that we can contact you.


Editors for this year’s open reading period are:
Wayne Koestenbaum, Lytle Shaw, Anne Waldman and Dan Machlin

Wayne Koestenbaum
Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of poetry: Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender, and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems. He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of nonfiction: Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. His newest book, Hotel Theory, is a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and also a Visiting Professor in the painting department of the Yale School of Art.

Lytle Shaw
Poet/critic Lytle Shaw’s books include Cable Factory 20, The Lobe, Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie and two forthcoming studies: Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics and Specimen Box (on new modes of institution critique in art and poetry). A contributing editor for Cabinet, he has recently published catalog essays on Robert Smithson and Zoe Leonard for DIA Center; on Gerard Byrne for Koenig Books, and on The Royal Art Lodge for the Drawing Center. His collaborative work with the artist Jimbo Blachly has been exhibited widely and is collected in The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse. Shaw is currently working on two books: one about the politics of time in depicted landscapes and another about the status of poetry in recent theoretical debates. He lives in New York and teaches at New York University.

Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman, poet, professor, performer, and cultural activist is the author of over 40 books and small press editions of poetry and poetics, including most recently Manatee/Humanity and the anthology Beats at Naropa, co-edited with Laura Wright. Other titles include Fast Speaking Woman, IOVIS (I&II), Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews and Manifestos, Marriage: A Sentence, In the Room of Never Grieve, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, Outrider, Red Noir and Martyrdom. She also edited The Beat Book, and is co-editor of Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School, The Angel Hair Anthology, and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. Her numerous CDs include The Eye of the Falcon and Matching Half (with Akilah Oliver), with music and production by Ambrose Bye. She has performed her work on stages across the American continent and abroad, collaborating with Douglas Dunn and dancers and musicians on the performance “Tanks Under Trees” in Houston and Manhattan, and with artists Donna Dennis and Pat Steir on recent book projects. She has participated in conferences and festivals in Beijing, Berlin, Vienna, Mumbai, Calcutta, Kerala, Nicaragua and Prague and has taught recent practicums at the Zen Mountain Monastery and Naropa University. She works with writer/ director Ed Bowes on a number of video/movie projects. She is a founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she continues her work as the Artistic Director and Chair of its renowned Summer Writing Program.

Dan Machlin
Dan Machlin is Founder and Executive Editor of Futurepoem books. He is the author of Dear Body: (Ugly Duckling Presse 2007) which received a “Face Out” CLMP/Jerome Foundation grant for emerging writers. His other books include 6×7 (Ugly Ducking), This Side Facing You (Heart Hammer) and In Rem (@ Press). His poems and essays have recently appeared in ‘some crazy instant anthologies curated by Tan Lin,’ One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe (Sarabande Books), American Book Review and Crayon. His poetry has also recently been displayed at PS1 Art Museum and he has also collaborated on a full length Audio CD with singer/cellist Serena Jost (Immanent Audio). He is fast at work on finishing a new collection of poems and as well a book of essays/performance texts. For more information on his work please visit the following links:

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