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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.
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.
Three writers from the Poets & Writers Live audience read their query letters and receive feedback from editors Jordan Bass of McSweeney's Publishing and Ethan Nosowsky of Graywolf Press, literary agent Danielle Svetcov, and publicist Megan Fishmann of Counterpoint Press.
Former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, author most recently of The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, which received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2010, reads a selection of her work at Poets & Writers Live: Inspiration in San Francisco on January 10, 2015.
Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops (West), leads a discussion about resources available to writers in San Francisco, the importance of community, and how various literary communities can support one another. Panelists include Stacey Lewis of City Lights Books, Laura Moriarty of Small Press Distribution, Joyce Jenkins of Poetry Flash, Janis Cooke Newman of the Grotto, and Jason Bayani of Kearny Street Workshop.
Charles D'Ambrosio reads from his new collection of essays, Loitering: New and Collected Essays, published by Tin House Books in November, at the Poets & Writers Live event in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2014. Introduction by Kevin Larimer.