S285. Slow Publishers in the Fast Lane

Room L100 A, Lower Level
Saturday, April 11, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Independent publishers who value a noncommercial aesthetic of crafted bookmaking, editorial collaboration, and a cooperative approach to artistic production face unique challenges. Either they stand apart from the commercial industry and risk limiting their readership, or they find ways to exist in two worlds. This panel brings together innovative publishers whose unique publishing models work to cultivate an ethos of attention and care while navigating a fast commercial culture.


Martin Riker is business manager for Dorothy, a publishing project. A former associate director of Dalkey Archive Press, he currently teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and reviews books for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Brent Cunningham is the operations director for Small Press Distribution, where he has worked since 1999. Along with SPD’s other directors he has helped nearly double sales at the organization over the past decade. He is the author of two books of poetry, Journey to the Sun and Bird & Forest.

Lisa Pearson is the publisher and founder of Siglio, an independent press dedicated to publishing uncommon books at the intersection of art and literature—inimitable, visionary, and un-categorizable works by renowned as well as little-known artists and writers.

Anna Moschovakis is a core faculty member of the MFA programs in writing at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (Bard College) and at Pratt Institute.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

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