An eBook imprint from Future Tense Books

Instant Future is an eBook-only imprint from Future Tense Books, a micropress out of Portland, OR that has been in operation for over 20 years. Instant Future is a home for long essays, stories, or poems that are stylistically innovative, intensely personal, and of a misfit length—too long for a journal and too short for a printed book.

We publish what we want to read: Books that emphasize depth, honesty, and style. Books that react quickly and interact thoughtfully with the world around them. Books that kick ass.

This is Instant Future. Welcome.




Boyfriends is Seattle writer Tara Atkinson’s exploration of the modern relationship. It’s funny and sly—one of those quiet and subtle pieces of work that seems to have a flat, pristine surface, but when it is examined closely, it reveals the bumps and abrasions, the knicks and the scar tissue that is left behind on each of us as we attempt to navigate the journey our hearts take as we grow and learn.

Boyfriends is the first piece of fiction from Instant Future.

“Tara Atkinson writes about young love the way people truly experience it: full of self-doubt, but also sublime self-assurance, a godlike feeling that you’ll live and want forever. Beautifully heart-wrenching, Boyfriends is a necessary, honest look at what it means to be alive and a woman, navigating the intricacies of family and faith alongside first love (and love, and love, and love). Powerfully written, it is work that will appeal to anyone who has ever tried to understand their own heart.”—Kristen Arnett, author of Felt in the Jaw



Tara Atkinson’s work has appeared in City Arts Magazine, HOARSE, the Iowa Review, Fanzine, and HTML Giant, as well as a chapbook, Bedtime Stories (alice blue.) She is a founder of APRIL (Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature), a festival for small press publishing and the recipient of an Art Walk Award for My Heart is a City, a collaboration with her husband, the painter Justin Duffus. She lives in Seattle.


Lily Hoang presents two fragmentary and gorgeous essays in On the Geography of Relations, one previously unpublished and the other from her award-winning book, A Bestiary. Known for defying easy classification, Hoang’s writing is like a performance on the page. On the Geography of Relations gathers observations, a collection of quotations, a confessional, and a loose weave of interconnected ideas that invoke the way our own relationships interconnect in our lives.

It’s a hybrid marvel and a text that, with every rereading, rewards its audience with insight and beauty.

“Lily Hoang’s cycle of voices enchain like numinous glass beads in a serialized stream of consciousness. Thoughts dash and catch in the light of her artificing, then gather. And from the pool, her own living voice rises, lucid and uncanny. A voice so pulsing with the sympathetic vibrations of her own living self, it seems somehow, as if through some harmonic process, to return in a feedback loop to some ghastly point of origin as old and vital as friendship itself.”—David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion



Lily Hoang’s books include A BESTIARY (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), THE EVOLUTIONARY REVOLUTION (Les Figues, 2010), and CHANGING (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008), recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. She has two novels forthcoming: Old Cat Lady and The Book of Martha and she co-edited the anthology THE FORCE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE: WRITERS ON ACCESSIBILITY AND THE AVANT-GARDE (Nightboat Books, 2015). She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head. She serves as Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol and Non-Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.




In Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control, Seattle’s Elissa Washuta—author of 2014’s genre-defying memoir of ethnic identity, sexual trauma, bipolar disorder, and independence, My Body Is a Book of Rules—crafts a personal accounting of her struggle for culinary control, and presents the guidelines she followed as she attempted to shape her body and mind through the food she consumed.

The book’s seemingly simple structure (a series of rules to eat and live by) contrasts with the powerful way she pulls readers into a complicated story of our needs and the cultural pressures that shape us.

Starvation Mode is ~15k words, a mini-memoir just made for a single evening’s read, though we’re sure you’ll go back to it again and again.


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Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir published by Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, an Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


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Zach Ellis’s debut, Being, is a remarkable, lyrical memoir that works to put into words what it is to be transgender. It’s a book about relationships, about growing up, about the body and mind, about desire, about parenting, about how we adjust to huge changes, and about whom we know ourselves to be. It’s a funny book, an honest book, and a book that cuts deep into you.

“There is a place you go as a reader in this book, and that place is the body, and I’m in love with the rediscovery. This book will break your heart, make you bust a gut laughing, seduce you into leaving your self a little, and bring you back to being, differently. Beautifully.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase.

Being is ~10k words, a mini-memoir just made for a single evening’s read, though we’re sure you’ll go back to it again and again.

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Zach Ellis writes creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in Nailed, The Nervous Breakdown, Rad Dad, and The Gravity of the Thing. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



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When a some-time lover and full-time friend dies in a climbing accident, Litsa Dremousis is left to deal with the aftermath: the loss of a soul-mate, the apartment filled with little ambushes in the form of objects from the relationship, and the difficult task of understanding what it was that made this person she loved repeatedly risk his life. And she’s also left to wonder how to feel.

Altitude Sickness by Seattle writer Litsa Dremousis is an important addition to the conversation about the social responsibilities and emotional consequences of climbing-related tragedies and a funny, furious, and heartbreaking personal story.

Altitude Sickness is ~10k words, a long essay just made for a single evening’s read. Or a couple of nights, should you decide to savor it.

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Litsa Dremousis’ essay “After the Fire” was selected as one of the “Most Notable Essays of 2011” by Best American Essays 2012. She’s a Contributing Editor at the literary site The Weeklings, which partners with Salon. Her work appears in The Believer, Esquire, Jezebel, McSweeney’s, Men’s Health, Monkeybicycle, MSN, New York Magazine, Nerve, Paste, Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, The Weeklings, on NPR, KUOW, and additional venues. She has interviewed Sherman Alexie, The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, Ron Jeremy, Janelle Monae, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Rowland, Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, and several dozen others. Twitter @LitsaDremousis.