F135. Side-Hustle Publishing: Sustaining a Small Press in Austere Times

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do small presses confront issues of sustainability in an era when available resources like funding, time, energy, and people power for literary publishing are spread thinner than ever? Representatives from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, co•im•press, Noemi Press, Shelterbelt Press, and Veliz Books focus on practical lessons they’ve learned along the way, including critical decisions and essential techniques for building a thriving, community-driven organization with limited means.


Steve Halle is the director of the publications unit in the Department of English at Illinois State University. Author of Map of the Hydrogen World, The Collectors, and Cessation Covers, he directs co•im•press, edits Downstate Legacies and PRESS 254, and hosts the Re:Verse Reading Series.

Laura Cesarco Eglin, poet and translator, is author of Calling Water by Its Name, trans. Spanbauer, Sastrería, Los brazos del saguaro, Occasions to Call Miracles Appropriate, and Tailor Shop: Threads. She translates from Portuguese, Portuñol, Galician, and Spanish. She is the publisher of Veliz Books.

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger. Book review editor at Kenyon Review, he teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sarah Gzemski is the managing editor of Noemi Press and the publicity and publications coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She participated in the artist collaboration project In Sight II, and her poetry can be found in Four Chambers and Bone Bouquet, among others.

Ellen Kombiyil is a recent transplant from Bangalore, India, where she lived for nearly eleven years. She is the author of Histories of the Future Perfect and a cofounder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship-model collective press publishing poets from India and the diaspora.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside