So You Want to Publish a Poetry Collection

Rooms 445-446, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Recent debut authors will briefly share their own first-book journeys, offering practical counsel and sharing resources when it comes to organizing, editing, and soliciting feedback on your manuscript; navigating first-book contest submissions; publishing outside of the contest model; and common emotional, psychological, and financial realities of sending your first book out into the world.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_So_You_Want_to_Publish_a_Poetry_Collection_Outline.pdf



Gabrielle Bates is the author of Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). An employee of Open Books: A Poem Emporium and cohost of the podcast The Poet Salon, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, POETRY, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, 2022), winner of the 2019 Pamet River Prize. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and MacDowell. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center of the Arts and lives in San Francisco.

Paul Hlava Ceballos is the author of banana [ ], winner of the 2021 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. His collaborative chapbook, Banana [ ] / we pilot the blood, shares pages with Quenton Baker and Dr. Christina Sharpe. He lives in Seattle, where he practices echocardiography.


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