Shaping a Poetry Manuscript That Has a Chance in Today's Literary Landscape

113C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Even experienced writers struggle with putting together a manuscript that will be true to their project and appeal to publishers they are interested in working with. The panel, consisting of award-winning editors and writers, will cover a range of topics, from basics like font size and line spacing to more subtle aspects such as poem ordering and how to manage the readers' experience as they move through your book. All in order to give your collection the best chance of catching an editor's eye.



KMA Sullivan is the author of two poetry collections: Inclined to Riot and Necessary Fire, winner of the St. Lawrence First Book Award. She is founder and publisher at YesYes Books.

Erika Stevens is the editorial director at Coffee House Press, where she acquires poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. She was previously in acquisitions at the University of Georgia Press and University Press of Florida. She freelances as Quick Bread Editorial and has taught publishing/editing at Portland State University and Sierra Nevada.

Suzi F. Garcia is the author of the chapbook A Home Grown Fairytale. She is the executive editor at Noemi Press, online editor at Michigan Quarterly Review, znd forthcoming guest editor at Poetry Magazine. Her work is published or forthcoming from the Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, and more.

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the recipient of a Whiting Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. They are the author of Water I Won’t Touch, All the Gay Saints, and What Runs Over.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center