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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known FULL

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This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript. Panelists include a publisher/editor and poets in various stages of their careers. Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!

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Karen Skolfield

Poet, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. New poems appear in the... Read More →

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Amy Dryansky

Amy Dryansky's second book, "Grass Whistle" (Salmon) was published in 2013 and received the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, "How I Got Lost So Close to Home," was published by Alice James and individual poems appear or are forthcoming in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, Salamander, and The Women’s Review of Books. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and... Read More →
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Susan Kan

Director, Perugia Press
Perugia Press publishes the best new women poets in the country. Located in Northampton, MA, but with a far-reaching scope, Perugia gets more than 500 submissions to our annual manuscript contest. Winning poets are aged 28 to 80, come from California to the tip of Cape Cod, and write poetry that is lively, powerful, diverse, and focused. What makes Perugia Press unique is our singular focus, our small and sturdy operation, our confidence that... Read More →
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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, Fourteen Hills and Tuesday; An Art Project, among others. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and the recipient of awards from the Massachusetts Review, the Poetry Foundation and both the New York and New England Book Festivals. She is the author of the poetry collections Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles ( Red Mountain... Read More →
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Michelle Valois

Professor, Mount Wachusett Community College
In Michelle Valois' previous lives she owned the world's cutest beagle; lived in Sweden; and played the guitar - though not always at the same time. These days she lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Tri-Quarterly, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The North American Review, and others. She earned an M.F.A... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hawthorne Library

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