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Our Picks from our Open Reading Period: Things That Go + Huge Cloudy

admin—January 3, 2017

This year, forgive us, we took our sweet time picking out the best books of poems to publish for our readers. We landed on two manuscripts that we have loved for years– both have previously been finalists in our past open reading periods:

Octopus Books is proud to announce the future publications of two poetry books: Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel + Huge Cloudy by Bill Carty. These titles will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.


LAURA EVE ENGEL‘s work has appeared in The Awl, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Tin House, PEN America and elsewhere. She has been a recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her first book, Things That Go, is forthcoming from Octopus Books.

Twitter: @lauraeveengel



BILL CARTY lives in Seattle and is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming from Octopus Books) and the chapbook Refugium (Alice Blue Books). He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and the Richard Hugo House. His poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, Willow Springs, Conduit, Oversound, and other journals.

Twitter: @bill_carty

Our finalists from over 300 poetry manuscripts this year were:

Hogg Book by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

Nothing is Wasted by Shabnam Piryaei

The Assassin’s Wife by Dao Strom

This is the Fireplace, Eleanor by Scott Schwalenberg

Punctured Body is a Home by Gustavo Barrera Calderón, trans by Kathleen Heil

Huge Cloudy by Bill Carty

Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel


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Look for these new titles from Octopus Books:


Testify by Simone John

Broadax by Amy Lawless

Serenade by Brooke Ellsworth


Noontimes Won by Tristan Tzara, translated by Heather Green

How I Became a Hum by Eric Baus

Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel

Huge Cloudy by Bill Carty

Also, check out our new arm of poetry LP’s Fonograf Editions, which has already pressed records by Eileen Myles and Rae Armantrout, and will press a record by Harmony Holiday in early 2017.