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Celebrating Texas Independents: Panel in San Antonio, TX

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Twig Book Shop
306 Pearl Pkwy #106
San Antonio, TX 78215

3/6/2017 From 6 pm to 8 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.

The event will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and will feature four distinguished panelists:


Kelly Grey Carlisle’s essays have appeared in Salon, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Sun, The Rumpus, and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. She teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio and edits 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. Her memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks, will be published in the Fall of 2017.


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.

Bryce Milligan is an award-winning author in numerous genres, ranging from children’s books to novels for young adults, to adult poetry and criticism. He is a recipient of the Texas Library Association’s Lone Star Book Award; "Best of the Year" picks by both Bank Street College and Publisher's Weekly. the Gemini Ink “Award for Literary Excellence” (2011) and the St. Mary’s University President’s Peace Commission’s “Art of Peace Award” (2012) for “creating work that enhances human understanding through the arts.” Bloomsbury Review has called him a “literary wizard.” Milligan has been the publisher, editor and book designer of Wings Press since 1995. His most recent books of poetry include Lost and Certain of It (London: Aark Arts, 2006) and Take to the Highway: Arabesques for Travelers (Albuquerque: West End Press, 2016), which Jane Hirshfield called a work of “distinction and evocative power” and Huffington Post described as “extraordinary.” Take to the Highway received the 2017 Notable Writers Book Prize.

Tom Payton is the director of Trinity University Press and has been in the book and publishing industry for 28 years. Payton has served on industry boards, committees, and panels for PubWest, American Association of University Presses, Publishers Association of the South, Georgia Center for the Book, and other organizations. He has spoken at a wide array of literary/book conferences, book festivals, writers groups, and continuing education classes internationally. He previously worked for the University of Georgia Press, Hill Street Press, American Institute of Architects, Oxford Bookstores, and several consulting clients. He has experience in all aspects of the business including acquisitions, project development, digital content, publicity, marketing, sales, subsidiary rights, special events, contracts, manufacturing, and financial analysis. His acquisitions focus primarily on: human (natural and built) environment, literature/history of place, and regional interests; digital project development; and, developing co-publishing and sales. He is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership and a special commendation from the American Institute of Architects. He has written for several local and national publications, and also works with San Antonio Book Festival and Gemini Ink. He has served on the board of Say Sí, an advisory board of the San Antonio Area Foundation Center for Non-Profit Support, and he works with several other volunteer civic organizations. He is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Can't attend in San Antonio? We'll be visiting several other cities throughout the month: Odessa, 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.