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Celebrating Texas Independents: Panel in Odessa, TX

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Odessa College - Saulsbury Campus Center
201 W. University Blvd
Odessa, TX 79764

3/2/2017 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.

We'll kick off the month with a panel discussion in Odessa, TX, moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

The event will feature three distinguished panelists:

Kay Ellington has worked in management for a variety of media companies, including Gannett, Cox Communications, Knight-Ridder, and the New York Times Regional Group, from Texas to New York to California to the Southeast and back again to Texas. She is the coauthor, with Barbara Brannon, of the Texas novels The Paragraph Ranch and A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch. She is also the publisher of Lone Star Literary Life, a weekly statewide news site devoted to Texas books, authors, and readers.


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.

Dr. R. Mark Jackson is an assistant professor of English at Angelo State University, where he teaches introductory courses in composition and literary studies and advanced courses in early modern British literature. A native of eastern Tennessee, he received his PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to his job at ASU. Since 2012, he has served as the book review editor for Concho River Review, and since 2014 he also has served as the journal’s general editor.


RSVPs are suggested, but not required.

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