“Action Books has been filling a gap in American publishing by translating works that are considered avant-garde masterpieces in other parts of the world into English. They’ve introduced Americans to writers from Sweden, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Chile… and the list goes on. They also published Tao Lin in the US before you knew who he was and had some dumb opinion about him, alongside a variety of other singular, shape-defying voices including big guns like Aase Berg, Kim Hyesoon, Don Mee Choi, Raúl Zurita, Hiromi Ito, and countless others.” Blake Butler, VICE Magazine

Action Books is transnational.
Action Books is interlingual.
Action Books is Futurist.
Action Books is No Future.

Action Books is feminist.
Action Books is political.
Action Books is for noisies.
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Two Voices Salon with Don Mee Choi on Kim Hyesoon

November 24th, 2015|

Listen to the audio interview between Don Mee Choi and Two Lines Press on Kim Hyesoon! "We were very honored to host poet and translator Don Mee Choi in the Two Lines Press offices to [...]

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Hiromi Ito Receives the Tsubouchi Shōyō Grand Prize!

November 21st, 2015|

Hiromi Ito, author of Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Action Books 2015) and Killing Kanoko (Action Books 2009), has just received the Tsubouchi Shōyō Grand Prize! Translator Jeffrey Angles:  "I couldn't be happier that Hiromi Ito received the [...]

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Poetry by Jane Wong in The Spectacle

November 21st, 2015|

Two poems by Jane Wong are up at The Spectacle!

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Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream / Lucien Stryk Award

September 15th, 2015|

  Kim Hyesoon’s Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream is on the shortlist for the Lucien Stryk Award!

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“Talking About What We Don’t Talk About”

September 1st, 2015|

At the Poetry Foundation, Amy King hosts a roundtable discussion on race and avant-garde poetry with Eunsong Kim, Action Books author Lucas de Lima, Hoa Nguyen, Héctor Ramírez, Metta Sáma, and Nikki Wallschlaeger. "Whether at [...]

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Excerpt from Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia at World Literature Today

August 30th, 2015|

Action Books will publish Prosopopeia by Farid Tali in the fall of 2016 (trans Aditi Machado). Read an excerpt at World Literature Today