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Curbside Splendor at AWP

AWP is less than two weeks away, and we can't wait to see you all in Minneapolis. Come by table It's hard to believe, but AWP is now less than two weeks away. Come by table 322 to meet our authors, buy books, and find out about the panels and events we'll be participating in during the conference:

Wednesday, April 8th

8:00pm - 12:00am
Crooked Pint Ale House
501 Washington Ave S

Loosen those laces & kick off AWP by celebrating with some of your favorite independent presses.

Nothing says "party" like an open bar! Except when you add author readings, live music, and mingling long into the night to prepare you for the hazardous/invigorating/exhausting next couple of days. RSVP at the link below.

Co-hosted by: Curbside Splendor Publishing, Anvil Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, featherproof books, Barrelhouse, and Tyrus Books. Book sales by Vouched Books.

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Friday, April 10th 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
1111 Washington Ave S

Join Curbside Splendor Publishing for early evening readings and cocktails on Friday for a happy happy hour! Be sure to RSVP at the link below.

Featured readers:
James Tadd Adcox (Does Not Love), Okla Elliott (The Doors You Mark Are Your Own), 
Sooze Lanier (The Game We Play),
Dmitry Samarov (Where to? A Hack Memoir), Chris Terry (Zero Fade), Cassandra Troyan (Kill Manual), Patrick Wensink (Fake Fruit Factory

RSVP here:


10:00am - 12:00 pm Dasha Kelly                                                                                                   11:00am - 1:00 pm Okla Elliott                                                                                                     12:00pm - 2:00pm James Tadd Adcox                                                                                       2:00pm - 4:00pm Halle Butler + Sooze Lanier
3:00pm - 5:00pm Dmitry Samarov

10:00am - 12:00pm Michael Czyzniejewski                                                                                 11:00am - 1:00pm Cyn Vargas
1:00pm - 3:00pm Ben Tanzer
3:00pm - 5:00pm Erika Wurth

10:00am - 12:00pm Megan Stielstra + Chris Terry
12:00pm - 2:00pm Bill Hillman + Cassandra Troyan


"Women Editors of Independent Publishing"
10:30am - 11:45am
Room L100 F&G, Lower Level

Every year the VIDA count inspires a passionate discourse about gender diversity in publishing. But after the news dies down, the people who continue the conversation are the editors who face the decision of who to publish every day. Four female editors will discuss the challenges they encounter as women in a male-dominated industry, discuss the work of their favorite women writers, and celebrate the publications doing what they can to establish gender equality in publishing.

This panel will consist of young women currently working in independent presses, including Jac Jemc, Web Editor at Hobart and author of A Different Bed Every Time; Holly Amos, Assistant Editor at Poetry Magazine; Kristen Radtke, Marketing Director at Sarabande Books; and Naomi Huffman, Managing Editor at Curbside Splendor. Moderated by Mairead Case.

"In the Middle of Everything: Independent Publishing in the Midwest"
10:30am - 11:45am 

Room L100 D&E, Lower Level
"New York!" he said. "That's not a place, it's a dream," writes Ralph Ellison in Invisible Man. New York may be a dream for many writers, but it's certainly not the only dream. Over the last decade, countless small presses and journals, literary reading series, and independent bookstores have cropped up in minor Midwestern cities. "In the Middle of Everything" will discuss what's going on in Midwestern America to make it one of the most vibrant places to be a writer and celebrate literature. 

To make the assumption that a creative industry or culture or inspired movement is largely isolated to one coast of the country or another because it always has been is not only an outdated way of looking at the world, it's also woefully ignorant of the way we communicate with one another, now, in 2014. Jason Sommer of Featherproof, Ben Tanzer of Curbside Splendor, Kathleen Rooney of Rose Metal Press and Jeffrey Gleaves of The Paris Review will speak out about the communities in which their presses thrive and how they are growing. Moderated by Naomi Huffman.