F206. DIY Small Press Publishing

Room 101 J, Level 1
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


As the literary and publishing landscapes transform, and the writing population expands, small and independent presses proliferate and flourish. But what goes into the creation of a small press? This panel of rising small publishers (Brooklyn Arts Press, Big Lucks, Birds LLC, Bloof Books, Flying Guillotine) will discuss the ins and outs of starting your own press, handling questions concerning basics like funding, printing costs, marketing strategies, submission policies, contests, and more.



Joe Pan is the author of Autobiomythography & Gallery, the publisher of Brooklyn Arts Press, and the poetry editor for Hyperallergic. His work “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper" was excerpted and praised in The New York Times. Published widely, he attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC. He also founded and curates the So & So Series and edits the So & So Magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks, most recently Increment, and his first full-length collection is The Trees Around.

Tony Mancus is the author of four chapbooks, most recently Bye Sea and Again(st) Membering. In 2008, he co-founded Flying Guillotine Press with Sommer Browning. They make hand bound and perfect bound chapbooks.

Mark Cugini is the author of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. He’s a founding editor of Big Lucks, a workshop instructor at the Writer’s Center in Washington, DC, and a contributor to HTMLGiant. In 2013, he was named one of the Top 200 Advocates of American Poetry by the Huffington Post.

Shanna Compton's books include Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, Gamers, and several chapbooks. She is the founder of Bloof Books and works as a freelance writer, editor, and designer, and occasionally teaches poetry and publishing.


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