The Teaching Press as an Agent of Change

113C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Teaching presses and apprenticeships in the art and craft of publishing prepare student writers to submit and publish their work. They also provide the foundation for a more inclusive, innovative, and accessible publishing industry. Join panelists from Kaya Press, LARB Books, Lookout Books, and Ooligan Press as they discuss their respective publishing models and demonstrate how their work as publishers, editors, and teachers empowers future generations to lead meaningful change.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Teaching_Press_outline.pdf



Emily Louise Smith is the founder and publisher of Lookout Books and its sister magazine, Ecotone. An assistant professor of creative writing at University North Carolina Wilmington, she also directs the department's Publishing Laboratory. Her writing appears in Best New Poets and the Southern Review.

Neelanjana Banerjee is the managing editor of Kaya Press. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, PANK, the Rumpus, and several anthologies. She teaches writing and Asian American literature at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.

Robyn Crummer-Olson is the publisher at Ooligan Press, a student-run trade press at Portland State University. As senior instructor, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in book marketing, book publishing for writers, management skills in publishing, publishing lab, and publishing studio.

KaToya Ellis Fleming is a graduate of Spelman College and holds an MFA in narrative nonfiction from the University of Georgia. She is the former Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow, and she is currently an assistant professor of publishing arts at UNC Wilmington and editor at Lookout Books.

Irene Yoon (she/her) is executive director of the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds a PhD in English from UC Berkeley, and she is the director of the LARB Publishing Workshop since 2018.


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