F128. Award-Winning Professional Publications with Preprofessional Staff: Mentorship and Applied Learning in Literary Publishing

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The Publishing Laboratory at UNC Wilmington and the Publications Unit at Illinois State University have years of experience teaching the editing, design, production, and marketing of literary books and magazines. Panelists, including faculty, students, and alumni, detail the apprenticeship experience, best practices in applied learning, and the value of mentorship in the culture of literary publishing through creating professional materials for Ecotone, Lookout Books, SRPR, Obsidian, and FC2.



Steve Halle is the director of the English department’s Publications Unit at Illinois State University. Author of Map of the Hydrogen World, The Collectors, and Cessation Covers, he directs co•im•press, edits PRESS 254 and Seven Corners, and hosts the Re:Verse Reading Series.

Holms Troelstrup is the assistant director of the English department's Publications Unit at Illinois State University. Her book of poetry, Within Mutiny, was selected as one of The Wardrobe's Best Dressed by Sundress Publications. Holms teaches Intro to Professional Publishing and edits PRESS 254.

Emily Louise Smith is the cofounder and publisher of Lookout Books and its sister magazine, Ecotone. She teaches publishing arts and directs the Publishing Laboratory at UNCW. Her writing appears in Boulevard, Best New Poets, the Southern Review, and Literary Publishing in the 21st Century.

Meg Reid is an editor and nonfiction writer. Her essays have appeared in Chautauqua and Matter Journal, and online for DIAGRAM, the Oxford American, Fringe, and the Rumpus. She is the deputy director of Hub City Press in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Kate A. McMullen is a third-year fiction candidate in the UNCW MFA program. She is the 2015 winner of the Colbert Chapbook Award for The Girls of Indigo Flats and Other Stories. Kate interns with Lookout Books, UNCW's literary imprint. She serves as social media editor and works in book design.


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