S142. Throwing Money into the Wind?: Submitting and Publishing a First Book of Poetry

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Sending out a first full-length poetry manuscript is often a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Contests or open submission periods? Large or small presses? What if the press folds before your manuscript is published? Our panelists discuss their thrilling (and horrifying) recent first-book publication experiences and offer strategies for submission, mistakes to avoid, and what to expect after acceptance regarding contracts, editing, cover selection, and publicity.



Poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the poetry collection Conjoining and the lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose. She is an editor at Poetry City, USA and Assay, and teaches with the MN Prison Writing Workshop.

Paige Riehl is the author of Suspension (poetry collection), and Blood Ties (poetry chapbook). She is the poetry editor for Midway Journal, a volunteer mentor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and English faculty at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Avery M. Guess is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. A PhD student at the University of South Dakota, her chapbook The Patient Admits is available now, and The Truth Is, a full-length collection of poetry, is forthcoming. She is the assistant poetry editor for South Dakota Review.

Yanyi is a poet and critic. The recipient of fellowships from Poets House and Asian American Writers' Workshop, his debut collection is The Year of Blue Water. He serves as associate editor at Foundry.

Jennifer S. Cheng write poetry, lyric essay, and image-text. She is the author of Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems and House A. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and received fellowships and awards from Brown University, University of Iowa, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets.


March 4–7, 2020
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