R117. Say Yes to the Press: How Effective Small Publishers Do What They Do, Sponsored by SPD

Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Independent literary small press publishers using a variety of models share how they did it, how they do it, and how they sustain their efforts. Of equal interest to other small publishers and to those contemplating starting their own small press, hear about lessons learned, unique strategies for reaching readers, and a diversity of solutions for publishing on a tight budget.



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.

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.

J. K. Fowler is the founder and Executive Director of Nomadic Press, a community-building literary and arts nonprofit publisher with bases in Brooklyn, New York, and Oakland, California. He also currently teaches sociology and anthropology at Rutgers University Newark.

Sunyoung Lee is the publisher of award-winning literary nonprofit Kaya Press, where she has worked for the past twenty-two years.


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