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The poets and writers who attended the second Poets & Writers Live event, in New York City on June 21, 2014, share their reactions to the panels on agents, editors, and authors; the reading by award-winning poet Frank Bidart; and the opportunity to network and build a community of writers and publishing professionals.
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.
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.
Bonnie Rose Marcus, director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops (East), leads a discussion about resources available to writers in Washington, D.C., the importance of community, and how various literary communities can support one another. Panelists include Carlos Parada Ayala, Sarah Browning, Elizabeth Bruce, and Regie Cabico.
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.
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.
Michael Szczerban, senior editor at Regan Arts, leads a discussion about how editors and agents work together on behalf of authors at the second Poets & Writers Live event this past June in New York City. Panelists include agents Amy Berkower of Writers House, Eric Simonoff of the WME Book Department, Molly Friedrich of the Friedrich Literary Agency, and Meredith Kaffel of DeFiore & Company.
Jofie Ferrari-Adler, a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, leads a conversation with debut authors Mira Jacob and Yelena Akhtiorskaya and agents Jim Rutman of Sterling Lord Literistic and Michelle Tessler of Tessler Literary Agency about the author-agent relationship at the second Poets & Writers Live event this past June in New York City.
Award-winning poet Frank Bidart reads from his latest poetry collection, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), at the Poets & Writers Live event on June 21, 2014, in New York City. Introduction by Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers.
The second Poets & Writers Live event, held at Scandinavia House in New York City on June 21, 2014, featured advice and conversation about literary agents and the writing life with authors Edward Hirsch, Frank Bidart, Victor LaValle, and Tayari Jones, and agents Eric Simonoff, Amy Berkower, and many others.