BAX 2020

This is the digital edition of Best American Experimental Writing 2020, where you’ll find visual, multimedia, and interactive works that go beyond the limits of the printed page. Use the links below to view the work of each author–we hope you enjoy the experiment!

Gabrielle Bates


Jon Bois


Cody-Rose Clevidence


Olivia Cronk


Megan Jeanne Gette


William Lessard


Sarah Minor


Never Angeline Nørth


Sarah Pinsker


Meredith Stricker


Brandon Wilner


Lia Woodall


Ros Zimmermann



2020 Guest Editors


Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir In The Dream House, both from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, NPR, Gulf Coast, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Best Women’s Erotica, and elsewhere. She is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.



Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books of poetry, stories, novels, essays, translations and plays, including, most recently, the poetry double-volume Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat Books) and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, a work of decadent ecopoetics (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series, 2015). Her debut poetry volume, The Red Bird, inaugurated the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001, while her verse play, Dead Youth, or the Leaks, inaugurated the Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Performance Artists in 2014. With Johannes Göransson, she co-edits the international press Action Books and teaches at Notre Dame.