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Tim Johnston reads an excerpt from his novel Descent, published in January by Algonquin Books.
From The Life Before
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.
Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, leads a conversation with editors Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press and Chuck Adams of Algonquin Books and authors Jeffrey Yang and Amy Rowland about what it means to be published by an independent press, the author-editor relationship, and how they work together to reach readers.
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