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Literary Conference – So You Want to Start a Small Press, Now What?

April 27 @ EST 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

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$15.00 – $20.00

So much of the publishing industry is left opaque, both for writers pursuing publication and those seeking work in publishing. Four seasoned industry veterans share an honest look at the landscape and what it takes to start and sustain a small press from the ground up.

Jessica Cole is the lead editor and co-founder of Bloomsday Literary, a non-profit, mission-driven publishing press that prioritizes historically underrepresented writers. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she wrote a novel, and has published articles, book chapters, short fiction, and Pushcart-nominated poems. Cole has taught writing at the college level in several cities, including as a writer-in-residence and visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria, and at several colleges in Boston, MA.


Mary Gannon (facilitator), CLMP’s Executive Director, has more than 20 years of experience in the literary nonprofit field. Prior to joining CLMP, she served as the Associate Director/Director of Content for the Academy of American Poets and as Editorial Director of Poets & Writers, Inc., the country’s largest nonprofit organization serving poets and writers of literary prose, where she headed up Poets & Writers Magazine and pw.org. An award-winning poet, Mary has published numerous articles about publishing and the literary field. With her husband Kevin Larimer, is the co-author of The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer (Avid Reader Press, 2020).


Hannah Matheson is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University, where she is Poetry Co-editor of Washington Square Review. Previously awarded scholarships to attend The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Four Way Review, The Adroit Journal, Image Journal, and elsewhere.


Kate Williams is the executive director and co-founder of Bloomsday Literary. She holds a Master of Arts in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and a Master of Arts in Teaching Her writing life has led her to bear witness to the stories of activists, survivors, visionaries, and the everyday people who make a difference by living engaged lives.


Matvei Yankelevich is the co-founder and editor of Ugly Duckling Presse. A poet, editor, and translator, his books include Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square Editions, 2015), Alpha Donut (United Artists Books, 2012), and Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books, 2009), and the chapbooks Dead Winter (Fonograf Editions, 2022) and From a Winter Notebook (Aldar & Frankia 2021). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Dora Maar House, and Civitella Ranieri. Matvei has taught at numerous institutions, including the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa), Hunter College, and Wesleyan University. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of World Poetry Books and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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Books by Mary Gannon

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer
The Practical Writer

Books by Matvei Yankelevich

Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt
Boris by the Sea
Alpha Donut
Dead Winter

General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $15


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April 27
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
(585) 473-2590


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