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You are invited to join us for this wonderful opportunity! The delightful Krista Soukup from Blue Cottage Agency is encouraging all lakes area writers, bloggers and author to experience a wonderful and unique oppotunity! The first-ever Crossing Arts Alliance Publishing Panel



Crossing Arts Alliance to Host Publishing Panel

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host a publishing round table with four top Minnesota publishers, agents and editors, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Q Gallery 1001 Kingwood Street #222, Brainerd, Minnesota.  Get energized, inspired, and encouraged in a collective group of literary artists together with a panel of editors, agents and publishers. Make connections. Gain focus and learn how to garner a publisher’s or agent’s attention.  Panel presentation with breakout sessions for artists to meet in smaller round table discussions.

Panelists include Steve Woodward, Associate Editor at Graywolf Press, Erik Anderson, Regional Trade Editor at University of Minnesota Press, Jim Perlman, Editor, Owner and Publisher, Holy Cow! Press, and Dawn Frederick, owner and literary agent of Red Sofa Literary.

Woodward, (Graywolf Press), holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where he received Hopwood Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. Authors he has worked with at Graywolf include Susan Steinberg, Ben Stroud, Alan Heathcock, Carmen Bugan, Shann Ray, and Benjamin Percy. He is editor and co-founder of Menagerie, an online magazine that focuses on hybrid forms, and has also worked at Michigan Quarterly Review and the Bloomsbury Review. He has spoken about publishing and independent presses at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the Loft Literary Center, the Flathead River Writers’ Conference, Writers at Work, and the University of Minnesota, among other places.  Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature and champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace.

Anderson, (University of Minnesota Press), acquires general interest titles focusing on books about Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes region, Scandinavian culture, jazz and popular music, and trade paperback reprints. Minnesota’s regional list is a broad and adventurous one, featuring books in history, politics, memoirs, creative nonfiction, cookbooks, gardening, nature, science, children’s and Young Adult books, and select fiction on local themes. The Scandinavian list is rooted in history, literature in translation, children’s books, cookbooks, traditional craft, and myth and folklore. In music, he seeks inventive works across genres and eras in the form of cultural histories, criticism, and autobiography—of particular interest are books that engage twentieth century jazz or blues culture. All paperback reprint queries are welcome, particularly in film biography and autobiography, regional interest, music, and literature.  

Perlman, (Holy Cow! Press), considers manuscripts for publication of poetry, short fiction, young adult children’s books and other prose work that reveals a unique and original perspective on the American Midwest.  He was born in Minneapolis where his interest in poetry began in high school. In 1977, after editing various local literary magazines, he founded Holy Cow! Press. He edited the poetry anthology Brother Songs: A Male Anthology of Poetry (1979) and, with Ed Folsom and Dan Campion, co-edited (1981, rev. ed., 1998, new edition, 2014). He and his family moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 1988, where he co-founded the Spirit Lake Poetry series, and helped establish the Duluth poet laureate project in 2005. With co-editors Deborah Cooper, Mara Hart, and Pamela Mittlefehldt, he published Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief & Gratitude (2009) and also The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (2013).

Frederick, (Red Sofa Literary) previously an agent with Sebastian Literary Agency, brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table, with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores. Dawn Red Sofa Literary was listed as one the 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Frederick is also a co-founder of the MN Publishing Tweet Up, a networking group composed of writers and publishers, now completing its second year of bringing publishers and writers together.   Her previous teaching credits include DFW Writers Conference, First Pages (for Hennepin County), Florida Writer’s Conference, ISD 196  Classes, The Loft Young Writer’s Program, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (AR, MN), NWU – Twin Cities Chapter, PEN Lecture Series, San Diego Writers’ Conference, Writer’s Digest, UW Writer’s Institute, the Madison Writers’ Institute, and The Loft Adult Program. Future conferences include the Writer’s Digest East Conference (August 2014), Florida Writer’s Conference (Oct), and the Wisconsin Writer’s Association Novel-in-Progress Boot Camp (May).

Registration forms may be downloaded at www.crossingarts.org and mailed to the Crossing office, 1001 Kingwood Street #114, (218)-833-0416 or picked up in the office.   A non-refundable fee of $10 for Crossing members and $15 for non-members must accompany completed registration form.  Space is limited and early registration is recommended.   

Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Brainerd Service League, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Kohl’s, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund. Project Management provided by Blue Cottage Agency.


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