In January 2017, Poets & Writers Live offered two days of sound advice, practical information, and inspiration at the San Francisco Institute of Art. This sold out event was a celebration of creativity that included readings, lectures, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, and workshops exploring the literary imagination, innovation on the page, and uncommon sources of inspiration.
Presenters included (clockwise from top left) United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; best-selling novelist and author of Purity, Jonathan Franzen; New Yorker staff writer and author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean; acclaimed poet and former United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan; writer and activist Ishmael Reed; and renowned poet Jane Hirshfield.
Other featured authors included Benjamin Percy (The Dead Lands, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction); Solmaz Sharif (Look); Matthew Zapruder (Sun Bear,Come On All You Ghosts); C. Dale Young (The Halo, Torn); Bich Mihn Nguyen (Pioneer Girl, Short Girls); and many others. Participating publishing professionals included Jordan Bass (McSweeney's) and Rusty Morrison (Omnidawn Publishing); and agents Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency), Anna Ghosh (Ghosh Literary), and Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency). A Lit Mag & Small Press Fair allowed participants to meet representatives of more than a dozen outstanding presses and literary magazines, including: Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills Journal, Hexagon Press, Manic D Press, McSweeney’s, New American Writing, Nomadic Press, Outpost19 Books, Reed Magazine, Sixteen Rivers Press, Switchback Journal, Timberline Review, Two Lines Press, and ZYZZYVA.
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