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Celebrating Texas Independents: Panel in Dallas, TX

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Deep Vellum Books
3000 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

3/23/2017 From 7 pm to 9 pm


Celebrating Texas Independents:

Our Great Literary State's Independent Presses, Journals, Bookstores & More

Texas has a thriving literary scene – are you taking full advantage of the opportunities in your own state, especially in your own backyard?

Whether you’re a Texas writer looking for publication, or a book lover who wants to support Texas-owned and operated businesses, this month the Writers’ League of Texas is partnering with some of the state’s greatest Independents -- in conjunction with Texas Independence Day -- to host a series of free and open events throughout the month of March in cities across the state.

These panel discussions will focus on the great opportunities for writers and readers that Texas has to offer, from independent presses, to journals, to bookstores, and beyond, while also answering writers' burning questions (bring your burning questions!) about the publishing process, submitting to presses and journals, catching the eye of an editor, and more.

Our event in Dallas will feature four distinguished panelists, including: 

Karen J. DeVinney is the assistant director/managing editor at the
University of North Texas Press in Denton, Texas.


Will Evans is president and co-founder of Cinestate, an entertainment studio established in 2016 with the film producer Dallas Sonnier, combining book publishing, film production, and audio experiences. In 2013, Evans founded Deep Vellum Publishing, a nonprofit literary publisher dedicated to translating the world’s best novels into English. Evans also co-founded Deep Vellum Books in early 2016, a brick-and-mortar bookstore and cultural community center in Dallas’s historic Deep Ellum neighborhood. Prior to his career in publishing, Evans worked for five years in the music industry on tour and in Los Angeles before becoming a talent buyer for Austin’s iconic music venue, Emo’s. Evans graduated from Emory University with degrees in History and Russian Literature, and received a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University. His translation of Oleg Kashin’s political satire novel Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, was published by Restless Books in 2016.

Matthew Limpede is the executive editor of Carve Magazine, a quarterly literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, illustrations, and more. He also offers full-service, comprehensive editorial services for writers through Limpede Ink. He's attended school in New York, has spent a magical summer in Provincetown, and currently works and lives in Dallas.
  Madeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books, a traditional royalty based press of fantasy and science fiction for middle grade and young adult readers. She is also the former Editorial Director for Children’s Books for Blooming Tree Press. Madeline can be found on the web at


RSVPs are suggested, but not required.

Can't attend in Dallas? We'll be visiting several other cities throughout the month. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates. The Austin panel discussion will be recorded and made available as a podcast through Soundcloud.