R279. The Anthology: A Collaborative Approach to Balancing Content, Cover, and Title

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Five panelists discuss creating an anthology: balancing title and cover art with selections from over sixty poets and writers from around the world. As authors, editors, and visual artists, the panelists come from distinct regions and cultural backgrounds. And while publishers have the final say, the aim is for all to be satisfied with the result. Countering the often divisive and competitive tone of our times, panelists present a model for collaboration and the creative spirit in action.


Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire. She holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell School of Art in London and a MA in Creative Writing from Norwich University. Jane is a founding editor at independent press, great weather for MEDIA.

Venus de Mars is the front-founding member of glam-punk/trans-band "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses," a core artist of "Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery," and is writing a memoir. She has illustrated covers for Holy Cow! Press, and contributed art used by Great Weather for Media and others.

David Lawton wrote the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream. A graduate of the acting program at Boston University, he was also Guest Artist in the graduate play writing classes taught by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. The 2009 Herbert Huncke tribute reading he curated is legend in post-beat New York.

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on five national slam teams.

Mary McLaughlin Slechta is author of the poetry collection Wreckage on a Watery Moon, three chapbooks, and a novel, The Spoonmaker's Diamond. She's taught at the Chautauqua Institute in New York and joined the editorial staff of great weather for Media after serving as guest fiction editor in 2014.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center