The Small Press Author’s Guide to Cultivating Community and Publicity

Rooms 340-342, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Small presses make huge contributions to the literary community, but they’re often understaffed and underfunded, leaving debut authors to be their own publicists. In addition to marketing tips, authors will talk about community-building efforts and how satellite events can support creative work. From mixing book-themed cocktails and organizing readings to pitching educational guides and running newsletters, attendees will learn imaginative ways to cultivate community while building up your book.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: F193Outline.pdf



Gloria Muñoz is a Colombian American writer and advocate for multilingual literacy. Her bilingual poetry collection Danzirly won the Academy of American Poets Ambroggio Prize and the Florida Book Award. Other honors include Lumina’s Multilingual Nonfiction Writing Award and a Las Musas Mentorship.

JD Scott is the author of Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day (&NOW Books, 2020) and Mask for Mask (New Rivers Press, 2021). Their work has appeared in Best American Experimental, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Sonora Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Sheree L. Greer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, founded Kitchen Table Literary Arts to showcase and support the work of women writers of color. The author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, she is a VONA/VOICES alum, Yaddo Fellow, and Ragdale Fellow.

Lindsay Merbaum is a queer feminist horror author and high priestess of home mixology. Her drinks have appeared in the LA Review of Books and All American Whiskey, and were featured at Grubstreet's Muse & Marketplace 2022. Her column Booktails from the Potions Library appears monthly in Electric Literature.

Yanyi is a poet and critic. The author of two poetry collections, Dream of the Divided Field and The Year of Blue Water, he offered creative writing advice at his newsletter, The Reading.


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