Portland, Oregon: Independent Publishing

The sixth Poets & Writers Live event was held on October 17, 2015, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Mediatheque theater. The editors of many of the area's most exciting presses and literary magazines, including Heidi Broadhead of Wave Books, Michael Wiegers of Copper Canyon Press, Kevin Sampsell of Future Tense Books, and Cheston Knapp of Tin House, joined the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine and authors such as Matthew Dickman, Debra Gwartney, Barry Lopez, Elena Passerello, Tom Spanbauer, Justin Taylor, and many more to explore the art of writing and the business of independent publishing.

Award-winning author Barry Lopez delivers the keynote address to kick off Poets & Writers Live: Independent Publishing in Portland, Oregon.

Tin House managing editor Cheston Knapp talks about Portland's rich tradition of independent literary magazines.

Poets & Writers Magazine assistant editor Dana Isokawa moderates a panel on literary magazines in the Portland area.

Essayist Elena Passarello presents a craft talk, "Point Sublime: Research and Uncertainty in the Literary Essay."

Heidi Broadhead, managing editor of the Seattle-based poetry press Wave Books, talks about the independent publishing community in the Pacific Northwest.

Fiction writer Justin Taylor, author of the story collections Flings and Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy, talks to participants during the literary mixer.

Kevin Sampsell, publisher of Future Tense Books, talks with the editors of some of the Pacific Northwest's most successful independent presses.

Kim Winterheimer, the founding editor of the Masters Review, talks about the magazine's mission to publish new and emerging writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. 

LeAnna Crawford, managing editor of Gertrude—the biannual arts and literary magazine of Gertrude Press—talks independent publishing and Portland's queer community.

Fiction writer Leni Zumas delivers her craft talk "In Praise of Debris: On Using Shards, Dregs, and Detritus in Fiction."

Small-press and literary magazine editors show off their wares at the Poets & Writers Live book fair.

Novelist Monica Drake talks to a participant over a glass of wine at the literary mixer.

Liz Mehl, cofounder and director of Poetry Press Week, speaks as part of a panel on organizations that support the Portland writing community.

Portland-area magazine and small-press editors share a laugh at the book fair.

Writer Margaret Malone, a student of Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop, shares some of her own dangerous writing.

Poet Matthew Dickman delivers the craft talk "Skinheads, Suicide, and Government Assistance: Why Subjects Don't Make Poets Into Heroes."

Writer Matty Byloos, a student of Tom Spanbauer's Dangerous Writing workshop, reads his work.

Michael Wiegers, editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, talks independent publishing in the Pacific Northwest.

Portland performance poet and storyteller Mindy Nettifee presents a PowerPoint presentation on how to survive astrological threats to the creative process.

Portland performance poet and storyteller Mindy Nettifee reads a powerful poem to close out the night.

Natalie Garyet, managing editor of Tavern Books, talks all things independent publishing in Portland. With Heidi Broadhead, managing editor of Wave Books.

Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts, and A. M. O'Malley, program director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center, talk resources for writers in Portland.

Poets & Writers Magazine editor in chief Kevin Larimer, editorial assistant Caroline Davidson, and assistant editor Dana Isokawa kick back at the literary mixer.

Rhonda Hughes, publisher of the Portland-based fiction and nonfiction press Hawthorne Books, talks independent publishing.

William Hertling, the self-published author of the best-selling Singularity series, and book publicist Jessica Glenn discuss the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face as part of Debra Englander's Savvy Self-Publisher panel.

Portland-area writers and editors mingle at the Poets & Writers Live book fair.

Portland writer Marilyn Stablein at the literary mixer.

Critically acclaimed novelist Tom Spanbauer, author of Faraway PlacesThe Man Who Fell In Love With The MoonIn The City of Shy HuntersNow Is the Hour, and, most recently, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books, 2014), presents a talk on Dangerous Writing, an innovative approach to writing that forms the basis of the workshop he has been teaching in Portland for years.

A group of writers chat over wine and cheese at the literary mixer.