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Saturday, October 28 • 10:45am - 11:45am
BBF Unbound: The Joys and Realities of Small Press Publishing

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Small presses offer unique advantages and challenges for writers. This panel seeks to help writers successfully navigate the world of indie publishing across genres, especially as additional work falls on writers’ shoulders, from hiring outside editors to generating publicity. Building and maintaining relationships with literary magazines can also serve as a crucial factor in establishing oneself as a professional author. Moderator Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor of Consequence magazine, will lead a conversation with novelist Olivia Kate Cerrone (The Hunger Saint), travel memoirist Jennifer Crystal (Et Voilà), short story author Courtney McDermott (How They Spend Their Sundays), and poet and publisher Enzo Silon Surin (A Letter of Resignation). These indie publishing experts will discuss the practices that helped them foster high-quality books and connect with readers while addressing the limitations of the small press world.

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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an independent consultant as well as an instructor at GrubStreet in Boston. She’s the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, explores the culture of war, and recent publications include interviews, essays and stories in Redivider, TSR: The Southampton Review, Spaces, Post Road, and The Baltimore Review, as well as various newspapers and newsletters... Read More →

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Olivia Kate Cerrone

Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017), a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily. The book was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale,” named a 2017 Fiction Bestseller by SPD Books, and won... Read More →
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Jennifer Crystal

Jennifer Crystal is the author of Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey From Foreigner to Francophile (2014). She specializes in travel writing, narrative medicine, and writing to heal. Crystal teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and at Middlebury College in Vermont, and she writes a weekly column for the Global Lyme Alliance. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, WBUR, Transitions Abroad Magazine, Abroad View Magazine, The Lyme Times, Spry Literary Journal, and other publications. Crystal holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from Emerson College, and she completed a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English. She is working on her second memoir... Read More →
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Courtney McDermott

Courtney McDermott's debut collection of short stories, How They Spend Their Sundays (2013), was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Story Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and teaches in the Master's in Writing program at Southern New Hampshire Un... Read More →
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Enzo Silon Surin

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher, and social advocate. He is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation (2017) and Higher Ground (2006), which was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award. He is also co-author of The Next Verse Poets Mixtape - Volume One: the 4 X 4 (2016). His poetry has been featured in Interviewing the Caribbean, Pangyrus, jubilat, Soundings East, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Naugatuck River Review, sx salon, and Tidal Basin Review, among other publications. He was recognized as the 2015 PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry, and his manuscript, When My Body Was a Clinched Fist, was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize. Surin holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is currently an associate professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and founding editor and publisher at Central Square Press... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place