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Previous issues of FREEMAN'S, edited by writer, critic, and global literary citizen John Freeman have been praised as “ambitious…impressively diverse” (O Magazine), “strikingly international” (Boston Globe), and “fresh, provocative, engrossing” ( Themed around the concepts of “Arrival,” “Home,” and “Family,” the first three issues featured previously unpublished work from a mix of established names (Marlon James, Kay Ryan, Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdich and many others) and new voices. With the special fourth issue, FREEMAN’S: The Future of New Writing (Grove Press), Freeman departs from the series’ progression of themes, drawing on recommendations from book editors, critics, translators, and authors from across the globe, he has instead assembled a dynamically outward- and forward-reaching list of twenty-nine poets, essayists, novelists, and short story writers from around the world that looks beyond the arbitrary prescriptions of national identity, age, or genre to which such collections generally adhere and boldly breaks new ground against a climate of nationalism and silo’d thinking. Serious readers have always read this way too—and FREEMAN’S: The Future of New Writing brings them an exciting view of where writing is going next.

The Future of New Writing is a new kind of list, and an aesthetic manifesto for our times. Aged twenty-five to seventy, the writers in the issue hail from almost twenty countries and are writing in almost as many languages. They are shaping the literary conversation right now and will continue to have an impact for years to come.



John Freeman


Seven Shorts

David Searcy

Dinaw Mengestu

Pola Oloixarac

Fiona McFarlane

Marius Chivu

Claire Vaye Watkins

Andrés Felipe Solano


The Stoker

Nadifa Mohamed


Solmaz Sharif

America Is Not the Heart

Elaine Castillo


Come and Eat the Largest Shrimp Cocktail in the World in the Region of the Worst Massacres in Mexico

Diego Enrique Osorno

The Case That Got Away

A Yi

Where Are You, Sweetheart

Mariana Enríquez

A First-Rate Material

Sayaka Murata


History of Violence

Edouard Louis

The Liberator

Tania James


Twenty After Midnight

Daniel Galera

Sympathy of a Clear Day

Ishion Hutchinson

Good Girls

Sunjeev Sahota




Athena Farrokhzad

An Unlucky Man

Samanta Schweblin


The Dog’s Been Barking All Day

Xu Zechen

With Nothing to Hide

Garnette Cadogan

I Is Another

Valeria Luiselli

The Flower Garden

Mieko Kawakami

Partly True Poem Reflected in a Mirror

Ocean Vuong

A Song for Robin

Heather O’Neill

Max, Mischa, and the Tet Offensive

Johan Harstad


Ross Raisin

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