R113. The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Small presses offer unique advantages and challenges for writers. This panel seeks to help writers successfully navigate the world of indie publishing across genres, especially as additional work falls on writers’ shoulders, from hiring outside editors to generating publicity. Poets, playwrights, fiction writers, essayists, and editors discuss the practices that helped them foster high quality books and connect with readers while addressing the limitations of the small press world.



Thaïs Miller, author of The Subconscious Mutiny & Other Stories and Our Machinery, received her MA in creative writing for social activism from NYU. She teaches creative writing and literature at the Gotham Writers Workshop and UC Berkeley Extension. She is an editorial reader for Zoetrope: All-Story.

Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint, an SPD Fiction Bestseller. Her Pushcart Prize–nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review's Jack Dyer Prize. Her writing appears in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She is an editor for Consequence magazine.

Monica Wendel’s first book, No Apocalypse, was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Press Poetry Manuscript Contest. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently English Kills, which won the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, The Los Angeles Review, Joyland magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the director and founder of WTAW Press and Why There Are Words national reading series.

Conner Bassett


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center