R275. CANCELLED: How Libraries Collect Small Press Material

Status: Not Accepted

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Libraries play a key role in documenting small press activity of the present. In this panel five institutions: New York Public Library, The Poetry Foundation, Poets House, UA Poetry Center, and SFSU Poetry Center, will come together to discuss how they discover and collect chapbooks, small print periodicals, zines, hand-bound books and other hard-to-find ephemera. The panel will explain to AWP participants how to increase the visibility of their work for libraries and other institutions.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Panel_Questions__How_Libraries_Collect_Small_Press_Material_outline.pdf



Julie Swarstad Johnson works as a senior library specialist for the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She is the author of Pennsylvania Furnace, a collection of poetry. With Christopher Cokinos, she is the editor of the forthcoming anthology Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight.

Katherine Litwin is the library director at the Poetry Foundation, where she oversees library collections and programming, and curates exhibitions.

Melissa Eleftherion is the author of Field Guide to Autobiography. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MFA from Mills College. Founder of the SFSU Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa works as a librarian, teaches creative writing, and curates the Loba Reading Series.

Gina Bastone

Nick Twemlow


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center