Chicago: Agents & Editors

The fifth Poets & Writers Live event was held on June 20, 2015, at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago and featured Li-Young Lee, Kevin Coval, Haki Madhubuti, Jeff Kleinman, Renée Zuckerbrot, Don Share, Roger Reeves, Edward Kelsey Moore, Jenny Boully, Megan Stielstra, Parneshia Jones, Lindsay Hunter, Stuart Dybek, Marc Kelly Smith, and many other authors, editors, and publishing professionals.

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Elliot Figman, executive director of Poets & Writers, introduces the fifth annual Poets & Writers Live event at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

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Award-winning poet Li-Young Lee reads a selection of his work during his poetry keynote address at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Kevin Coval, poet and artistic director of the Chicago nonprofit Young Chicago Authors, discusses the importance of finding a writing community during the Resources for Writers in Chicago and the Role of Community panel.

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Poet and professor Kelly Norman Ellis talks about the various resources available for writers in Chicago at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Haki Madhubuti, a writer, educator, and founder and president of Third World Press, discusses resources for writers in Chicago at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Perfect Pitch panelists Michael Taeckens, a publicist at Broadside: Expert Literary PR, and Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management.

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Literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot responds to a query letter written by an audience member during the Perfect Pitch panel.

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Publicist Michael Taeckens critiques an audience member's query letter during the Perfect Pitch panel.

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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.

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During the Editors panel, Don Share discusses his role as the editor of Poetry magazine.

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Adrienne Gunn of TriQuarterly discusses her work as a literary journal editor on June 20, 2015.

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From left: Melissa Faliveno of Poets & Writers, Jeff Pfaller of Midwestern Gothic, Don Share of Poetry, Adrienne Gunn of TriQuarterly, and Ben Tanzer of Curbside Splendor.

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Self-published author Clayton Smith talks about the self-publishing process with editor Kim Bookless on June 20, 2015.

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Publicist Lissy Peace speaks during the Savvy Self-Publisher panel on June 20, 2015.

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Debra Englander, a freelance editor, writing coach, and former editorial director at John Wiley & Sons, discusses self-publishing at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Poets & Writers editor in chief Kevin Larimer (left) and poet Roger Reeves listen to a craft talk at Poets & Writers Live in Chicago.

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Novelist Edward Kelsey Moore gives a craft talk about using real-life experiences to enhance fiction writing.

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Essayist Jenny Boully talks about the art of revising beginnings and endings in nonfiction at Poets & Writers Live.

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During his craft talk, poet Roger Reeves discusses the work of poetry in the age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston.

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Poet Roger Reeves gives a craft talk at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Lindsay Hunter, author of the novel Ugly Girls, performs a Live Lit reading during the Page on Stage segment of Poets & Writers Live.

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Parneshia Jones (left) and Megan Stielstra engage in discussion following their Live Lit performances.

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Writer Ines Bellina leads a discussion about Live Lit storytelling at Poets & Writers Live in Chicago.

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Poet Parneshia Jones (left) and essayist Megan Stielstra talk about their work and involvement in Chicago's Live Lit scene.

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Jennifer Day, books editor at the Chicago Tribune, introduces novelist Stuart Dybek on June 20, 2015.

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Acclaimed author Stuart Dybek reads from his work during the Chicago Icons segment of Poets & Writers Live.

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Mark Eleveld of EM Press introduces slam poetry founder Marc Kelly Smith during the Chicago Icons segment of Poets & Writers Live.

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Marc Kelly Smith, creator and founder of the poetry slam movement, performs at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Chicago literary icon Marc Kelly Smith performs at Poets & Writers Live.

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Acclaimed author Stuart Dybek discusses his work during the Chicago Icons segment of Poets & Writers Live.

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Musician Marvin Tate (left) performs an original song with his guitarist on June 20, 2015.

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Marvin Tate wows the audience with his closing performance at Poets & Writers Live.

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Marvin Tate performs at Poets & Writers Live on June 20, 2015.

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Audience members chat at the wine reception following Poets & Writers Live in Chicago.

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Poets & Writers Live panelist Lindsay Hunter chats with audience members during the reception on June 20, 2015.

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Poets & Writers Live panelist Megan Stielstra talks with an audience member at the wine reception.

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Poets & Writers Live attendees browse books written by the panelists, courtsey of Chicago bookseller City Lit Books.

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Audience members enjoy the reception following the Poets & Writers Live event in Chicago on June 20, 2015.

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Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers talks with poet and panelist Parneshia Jones during the wine reception on June 20, 2015.

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