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by Michael Taeckens
New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul shares her insights on the ethical and practical challenges of being the head of the last of the stand-alone newspaper book review sections.
by Michael Bourne
The Practical Writer
by Michael Szczerban
Michael Wiegers, the editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, talks about how he decides which books to publish (from the two thousand manuscripts the press receives each year) and what it’s like to edit the likes of Pablo Neruda, W. S. Merwin, and C. D. Wright.
by Jeremiah Chamberlin
Five editors of independent presses specializing in translation discuss how they find new work from around the world, the challenges they face as publishers, and the future of literary translation.
by Michael Szczerban
Dawn Davis—vice president and publisher of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group—talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what some of the most successful authors have in common.
An audience member, poet Jessica Walsh, gets advice from a surprise guest (Michael Wiegers, executive editor of Copper Canyon Press) during the Perfect Pitch Panel in Chicago on June 20, 2015. The panel, moderated by Poets & Writers editor in chief Kevin Larimer, featured agents Jeff Kleinman and Renée Zuckerbrot and publist Michael Taeckens.
Publishing veteran Debra Englander gives an overview of the self-publishing process, followed by a conversation with literary agent Ted Weinstein—who represents Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and author of numerous traditionally published books as well as the self-published title Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years—and publicist Amy Packard about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.
The third Poets & Writers Live event, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2014, featured conversations with authors and editors from independent publishers such as Graywolf Press, Algonquin Books, New Directions, Black Balloon Publishing, Rose Metal Press, Augury Books, and Gival Press; advice about self-publishing opportunities; a reading by award-winning author Charles D'Ambrosio, and more.
Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks with the editors of five independent presses about the kind of work they look to publish, the relationships they cultivate with their authors, and the balance between publishing traditional work and developing new and innovative ideas for both print and digital literature. Panelists include Abigail Beckel of Rose Metal Press, Robert Giron of Gival Press, Andy Hunter of Black Balloon Publishing, Kimberly Steele of Augury Books, and Kathleen Wheaton of Washington Writers' Publishing House.
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