R144. Shouting in a Crowded Room: Challenges in Expanding Small Press Readership

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


A publisher, publicist, and a small press librarian discuss the challenges of expanding the audience of independent literature. Often driven by love over profit, small press, and independent publishers are producing some of the most urgently interesting work on the market, but reaching new audiences is often challenging. In this panel, representatives from Red Lemonade, The Lit Pub, and Mellow Pages will discuss solutions to this problem while working with limited time and marketing budgets.



Frances Dinger is one of the organizers for APRIL (Authors, Publishers, and Readers and Independent Literature), an annual literary festival in Seattle celebrating independent publishers and their authors. She also works as an environmental communicator.

Richard Nash is VP of Community and Content of Small Demons. From 2001 to 2009 he ran Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the AAP’s Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010, the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World.

Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novel We Take Me Apart, which was named 2nd finalist for the 2011 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil. She teaches at the Yale Writers' Conference and is the creative director at The Lit Pub.

Jacob Perkins is a co-founder of Mellow Pages Library in Bushwick, NYC, which supplies residents of the area with a substantial collection of small and independently pressed books, as well as zines, journals, and philosophy titles. Mellow Pages is also destination for literary events and gatherings.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center