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Carmiel Banasky at Wordstock

As we announced earlier this week, Carmiel Banasky will be a panelist at an upcoming AWP panel presented by The Conium Review.

Meanwhile, Carmiel will be involved in the Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon. We hope that our Pacific Northwest readers will come out and show their support.

The Wordstock Festival is on November 7th. It takes place throughout the day, then the inaugural Portland Lit Crawl kicks off in the evening. Carmel Banasky will give a Pop-Up Reading at 1:00pm in Northwest Art (Main Building, 3rd Floor), followed by the panel “Lost and Found: Fiction on the Threshold” at 4:00pm in the Whitsell Auditorium (Portland Art Museum, Main Building, Lower Level).

Carmiel is also reading at Lit Crawl Portland later on! See her at the “Tell Your Truth: Write with the Writers” even at the Burnside Proper Salon and Showroom. From the description, it sounds like the reading transitions into a brief collaborative workshop, so be prepared for an interactive experience.

Tickets for the Wordstock Festival are still available, and the full Lit Crawl schedule is available here. (FYI, you do not need a ticket for the Lit Crawl. Tickets are specifically for the Wordstock bookfair and events taking place earlier that day at the Portland Art Museum).

Carmiel’s debut novel is The Suicide of Claire Bishop, out now from Dzanc Books. Other authors at the event are Monica Drake and Debra Busman.

Find this Lit Crawl reading on Facebook and invite your friends!

“The Conium Review” on a panel at AWP’s 2014 Conference

Vol2 No2The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at the 2014 AWP conference in Seattle, WA.  The panel is entitled “Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication.” It’s on Thursday, February 27th at 3:00 in the Western New England MFA Annex, room 301.

The other panelists include Stephanie Torres of Beecher’s Joshua S. Raab of theNewerYork, and Matt Muth of Pacifica Literary Review.

Independent publication is on the rise, spurring a small press renaissance. But starting a literary publication isn’t as easy as it sounds. The panelists represent relatively new journals that are successfully gaining readership and attracting attention.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates the session; she is a 2013 Jack Straw writer, and she teaches writing at Seattle Central Community College.

Here’s the panel description from the AWP schedule:

This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.

If you’re attending AWP this year, please stop on by!