Best American Experimental Writing

Welcome to the online home of Best American Experimental Writing, a yearly anthology of dynamic texts published by Wesleyan University Press. Now entering its fourth year, the Best American Experimental Writing anthology series annually collects the best experimental writing in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in a exciting and necessary anthology. BAX has previously showcased work by established writers, including Rae Armantrout, CA Conrad, Joyelle McSweeney, Fred Moten, Hoa Nguyen, Ron Padgett, and Catherine Wagner, in addition to consistently featuring work by emerging voices.

BAX is committed to fostering a dynamic notion of what it means to be experimental: neither this anthology nor its Editors or Publishers subscribe to a single definition for the term “experimental writing,” because no definition suffices. Experimentation in the literary arts is by definition a moving target, and a central part of our commitment to expanding the dialogue around experimental writing is our digital edition. To view the digital companions to any of our previous editions of the anthology, please click on the links below:

BAX 2016

BAX 2016


BAX 2015


BAX 2014



SethAbramson.hrSeth Abramson (Series Co-Editor) is an assistant professor of English at University of New Hampshire and the author of six books, including The Metamodern Trilogy of Golden Age (2017), DATA (2016), and Metamericana (2015), all published by BlazeVOX, and Thievery, winner of the 2012 Akron Poetry Prize from University of Akron Press.







Jesse Damiani (Series Co-Editor) is the author of @endless$pectator: The Jesse2016Screens Suite #sweetpicsbro #pixelated #loliloquy (BlazeVOX, forthcoming) and Co-Founder of Galatea, a writing and previsualization tool for VR and AR storybuilding. He was the 2013-2014 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and now lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a copywriter and journalist.






15625548_451728218548593_6958905582929575936_nMichael Martin Shea (Managing Editor) is the author of the chapbooks “Soon” (Garden Door Press) and The Immanent Field (Essay Press). A 2015 Fulbright Fellow to Argentina, his work has appeared in Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Fence, Jacket2, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, Pleiades, RealPoetik, and elsewhere. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he teaches history.