Hand-Set Type for Benefit Poster by Faride Mereb and Peter Kazantsev

Ugly Duckling Presse has been celebrating its 25th anniversary for the last year, with events and initiatives all over the country and abroad. UDP has come a long way since its early days as a 1990s zine, now transformed into a mission-driven small press and arts collective. UDP has published more than 300 titles and countless prints and ephemera, hosted hundreds of events for the public, and sustained an evolving education program through volunteer and internship opportunities and a robust paid apprenticeship program.

To help launch its next 25 years, UDP is hosting a benefit party to honor Burning Deck Press and Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 pm, at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

The evening will start with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from Fancy Nancy, performances, and toasts to the Waldrops from 7–9 pm, concluding with an after-party from 9-11 pm. Damon & Naomi and Erica Hunt & Marty Ehrlich will perform at the benefit, and C. Spencer Yeh will perform at the after-party, along with DJ’s DJ D-Skillz and Dyke Drama. Other readers and performers will include Barbara Epler, Ben Lerner, Susan Bernofsky, UDP authors and translators, and more. For those who can’t make it to the benefit, after-party only tickets are also available.

UDP’s commitment to publishing vital experimental poetry and prose, works in translation, adventurous performance texts, and other emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers remains a financial challenge. We hope you’ll help UDP get a head start on the next 25 years.

Join UDP to celebrate this momentous occasion. For information and tickets, visit uglyducklingpresse.org/benefit25.