S227. Collaboration on Creative Publishing: Supporting New and Diverse Voices

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


With 115 collective years of experience in small press publishing of diverse writers, this panel of editors, publishers, and writers, involved in both journal and book publication, will discuss their own successful and creative collaborations as well as explore, with the audience, specific ideas that not only cross publications but also genres and venues. Special panel guest: Kassahun Checole, owner of Africa World Press, Inc. & Red Sea Press, Inc.; publisher at Africa World Press for thirty-four years.


Elizabeth L. Hodges is a literary activist and editor of the print journal, St. Petersburg Review, and the web journal, Springhouse Journal. Her latest collection of poetry is Witchery.

Kadija Sesay is an award-winning literary activist, publisher of SABLE, editor of many anthologies. Her poetry collection Irki was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. She received an Arts Council England R&D grant for her second book. She is a PhD student at Brighton University.

W. Paul Coates is the founder and director of Black Classic Press, which specializes in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. Coates founded BCP Digital Printing in 1995 to produce books and document print technology.

Suzanne Dottino has been the curator of the Sunday Night Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar for fifteen years. She is founder and editor in chief of KGBBarLit, an online literary Journal. She is drama editor at Springhouse Journal.

Ibrahim Ahmad is the editorial director at Akashic Books, where he has worked in various capacities since 2000. He teaches at the Wilkes MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program, leads frequent writing workshops, and is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside