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Welcome to the Massachusetts Review's Working Titles! Working Titles are e-publications of prose too long for our print pages. Working Titles will be published semi-annually.

Working Titles are now available on Weightless Books, a local, independent e-book distributor. You can also find all of our Working Titles may be purchased as Kindle Singles or Kobo.

Working Titles are made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, as well as private donors.

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In her lyric essay, Judith Filc brings the reader to various spaces, such as Hart Island and Skid Row, calling various names like Derrida and Anne Carson in with her own speaker's observations to craft an essay examining the comforts of language. How do we find ourselves in these harsh landscapes and form identity within those lingual confines both iron-clad and flexible?

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Judith Filc was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1962. She’s a poet, translator, and essayist. Filc received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She has published eight volumes of poetry in Spanish, as well as her translations into English of poems and poetry books by Argentine and Peruvian authors. Her essays are coming out in the e-journal Viceversa. From 2012 to 2018, Filc administered the blog Word Creation / Crear con palabras, where she published her translations of Latin American poetry.

Working Titles Currently Available

Working Title 1.3: Tomorrow We Never Did Talk About It

a story by Eduardo Halfon, translated by Anne McLean

Working Title 1.4: Emergency Exit

a story by Carissa Halston

Working Title 1.5: Strange Mercies

a story by Pete Duval

Working Title 1.6: Just Another Jihadi Jane

a novel excerpt by Tabish Khair

Working Title 1.7: Ambrosia

a story by Lee Upton

Working Title 2.2: Time Served

an essay by J. Malcolm Garcia

Working Title 2.3: The Leader

a story by Nouri Zarrugh

Working Title 3.1: Table for One

A story by Yun Ko Eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler

On the Quay at Smyrna (Working Title 3.2)

a novella by Margot Demopoulos

The Tombs of Guy Debord

An Essay by Jean-Marie Apostolidès, translated by Laure Katsaros and Rene Kooiker

Night Hands

Jen Cross

AMOUR: Fields of Battle, Fields of Love

Véronique Tadjo, translated by Carolyn Shread

Silence Like Blood

Marie-Célie Agnant, translated by Dawn Fulton


Michael Thurston

Bird Girl

Avital Balwit


Jean Améry, translated by Emory Klann

Roe: Telling the Tale

Joyce Avrech Berkman

Working Title 8.1: Coming Home

An Essay by Judith Filc

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