Supporting Small-Press Authors

Room 2207, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


It can be challenging for small-press books to find their way to readers. Four small-press authors will share why supporting other small-press authors is important to them and how they do it, but the bulk of the event will provide participants with a chance to connect and to brainstorm generous, creative ways to support small-press authors. For the purposes of this event, we’re defining “small press” as anything other than Big Five or self-publishing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf



Chrissy Kolaya is a fiction writer and poet, author of Charmed Particles: a novel and two books of poems: Other Possible Lives and Any Anxious Body. She was the 2020 Fiction Meets Science fellow and writer-in-residence. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Seth Brady Tucker is the award-winning author the of the books, Mormon Boy (Elixir) and We Deserve the Gods We Ask For (Gival). He executive directs the Longleaf Writers Conference and he teaches creative writing and literature at the Colorado School of Mines and the Lighthouse in Denver.

Jessica Alexander coauthored the novella None of This Is an Invitation with Katie Jean Shinkle (Astrophil Press, 2023) and coauthored That Woman Could Be You with Vi Khi Nao (BlazeVox, 2022). Her story collection Dear Enemy was the winning manuscript in the 2016 Subito Prose Contest.

Jason Koo is a Korean American poet and the author most recently of More Than Mere Light and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and an associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University.



February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center