F164. 25 Years of Soft Skull: Nonfiction from the Next Generation

Room 206, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Four writers representing a wide range of styles, interests, and subjects, while still embodying the Soft Skull spirit, will read from their latest nonfiction books and discuss their experiences writing, editing, and publishing their work with one of the country's more unique and influential small presses. Their subjects include music and pop culture, savagery, love, loss, and family dynamics; and their forms vary from collections of essays to memoir to the book-length essay.



Dan Smetanka is currently Vice President, Executive Editor for Counterpoint Press, one of the largest independent publishers in the country. He acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction, including works by Abby Geni, Tod Goldberg, and Karen E. Bender, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Ultrasonic: Soundings, and One with the Tiger. A founding editor of the Normal School, he teaches in the MFA at Fresno State.

Joe Bonomo’s most recent books are This Must Be Where My Obsession with Infinity Began and Conversations with Greil Marcus. A four-time "Notable Essays" selection in Best American Essays, he teaches at Northern Illinois University and appears online at No Such Thing As Was (www.nosuchthingaswas.com).


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center