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Celebrating Texas Independents: Panel in Houston, TX

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Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

3/31/2017 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 Houston will feature four distinguished panelists, including: 

LeeAnne Carlson is a Creative Writing student at the University of Houston, where she is currently serving as Editor for the undergraduate literary magazine, Glass Mountain. Graduating this May, 32 years after she began her studies, she will begin her MFA adventures in the fall of 2017. In her spare time, she, together with her husband, have homeschooled their twelve children, and own a dairy where they make goat cheese for the masses.


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.

Jill Meyers is the cofounder of A Strange Object, an award-winning independent literary publisher based in Austin. Before A Strange Object, Jill edited the national literary magazine American Short Fiction. She is one of the codirectors of Lit Crawl Austin and serves as a volunteer chair for the Texas Book Festival.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura is the executive editor at Arte Público Press. She is also an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Houston. She has translated numerous children’s books, including Dalia’s Wondrous Hair / El cabello maravilloso de Dalia (Arte Público Press, 2014), There’s a Name for this Feeling: Stories / Hay un nombre para lo que siento: Cuentos (2014), Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas (2011) and Remembering Grandma / Recordando a Abuela (2003).



RSVPs are suggested, but not required.

Can't attend in Houston? 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.