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Publishing: From Monster to Micro

Publishing: From Monster to Micro
Tue, 07/02/2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Visiting Professionals Series
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road
Plainfield, VT

A discussion of the present and future of the independent literary press community with Tarpaulin Sky Press publisher and founding editor, alumnus Christian Peet (MFAW '03).

Once there were large houses and small presses; in the 21st century, there is a continuum from monster to micro, and the methods and media of publishing continue to mutate. Christian will focus primarily on the present and future of the independent press community -- that of the rarely and barely paid, that of the proverbial labors of love, as well as its exceptions -- a "community" which, in spite of its allegedly small size, accounts for the majority of titles published today, and succeeds by producing the most varied, if not always The Best, literature on the planet.

Christian will recognize no taboo, nor scoff at any question, from the difference between Twitter and offset printing, to existential angst over what it "means" to be published.

Discussions will likely include such optimistic concepts such as "The End of the Gatekeepers" and "The Democratization of Literature," as well as terms like "glut," "social media," and, if time allows, "The Best."

Also on the agenda: the author-editor-publisher relationship, what Indie presses can do (and cannot do) for authors, even "how to get published" -- from writing cover letters to how and where and, most importantly, when to send your work. This exciting seminar-style "happening" won't turn Irony or Absurdity away at the door, but is best described as An Earnest Inquiry, with a Q&A session figuring largely into the shared dynamics of this event.

This event is 2 hours.

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About Tarpaulin Sky Press: Tarpaulin Sky Press disseminates cross-genre, trans-genre, and anti-genre texts as well as innovative poetry and prose, via paperback books, chapbooks, and hand-bound editions, in addition to publishing the online magazine, Tarpaulin Sky. Its monstrous and lovely hybrid texts, although frequently labeled "experimental," are widely and favorably reviewed: "a kind of nut job's notebook" (Publishers Weekly); "warped from one world to another" (The Nation); "scary, sexual, and intellectually disarming" (Huffington Post); "wholly new" (The Iowa Review); "creating a zone where elegance and grace can gambol with the just-plain-fucked-up" (HTML Giant); "dangerous language, a murderous kind.... discomfiting, filthy, hilarious, and ecstatic" (Bookslut); "horrifying and humbling" (The Rumpus); "consistently inventive" (TriQuarterly); "a peculiar, personal music that is at once apart from and very much surrounded by the world" (Verse); "futile, sad, and beautiful" (NewPages); "refreshingly eccentric" (The Review of Contemporary Fiction); "thought-provoking, inspired and unexpected. Highly recommended" (After Ellen).

Christian Peet Bio: Tarpaulin Sky Press publisher and founding editor, Christian Peet, is the author of a book of cross-genre postcards, Big American Trip (Shearsman Books); an ongoing series of chapbooks of absurdist essays, The Nines (from Palm Press and Interbirth Books) and a true-crime novel, forthcoming in 2013 from GenPop Books, entitled Angela's Story. Peet's work also appears in the anthologies A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years ((Fence Books, edited by Rebecca Wolff, et al) and A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, edited by Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young); as well as in a variety of magazines in print and online, from Denver Quarterly to